Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: Throwback Thursday: Canyon Animals at our House

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Throwback Thursday: Canyon Animals at our House

Throwback Thursday: Canyon Animals at our House

 

Roadrunner by our house in Carlsbad

 

Our house backs up to a canyon, which not surprisingly means plenty of wildlife. Perhaps not as exciting as what some of your might have near where you live.

 

This roadrunner was back the other day and for the first time we actually hear the sound it makes. No, NOT meep meep, or beep beep, but a series of coos. According to Google the coos mean the male is calling its mate and marking its territory. It was fun to see it again running around and up on the fence cooing.

 

The skunk, alas, has returned to our back yard - we first saw one last summer. My wife went out 2 nights ago to listen to the frogs and heard this rustling in the plants on the other side of our fence. Thankfully she quickly realized what it was and popped back in the house. The skunk was not deterred by turning on the outdoor lights nor banging on the window, and came through the wrought-iron fence, strolled around the patio, then took a walk down the side yard - I couldn't get to my camera fast enough, unfortunately. And it was back the next night. No doubt, she or he will continue to visit whenever she or he wants.

 

We often hear coyotes - sometimes just 1 but other times a pack of them. Occasionally we see one on the hillside or walking down the paved access road behind our house. A bobcat has been spotted in the area, too, but we've not seen it.

 

Birds are abundant, too, some noisier than others - crows, quail, scrub jays, sparrows, orioles, veerios, hummers, goldfinches, grosbeaks, mourning doves, owls, thrashers, and probably some others I don't recognize.

 

oriole at the feeder

 

And we have the seasonal Pacific Tree frogs, as well. This video (nothing to see, just listen) was from mid February although they are still around now and then.

 

 

 

And we've seen a rattlesnake or two down on the access road, too! And rabbits and ground squirrels.

 

 

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Comment balloon 23 commentsJeff Dowler, CRS • May 08 2020 03:31AM

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Jeff ~Having the time to truly enjoythe beautiful outdoors and nature around us has been a gift!

Posted by Kristal Wilson, Cause We Like 'Em New ~ New Home Specialist! (KB Home) 27 days ago

Hi Kristal Wilson 

I enjoy it as much as I can. Sometimes I get too bogged down in what I am doing and don't take the time to appreciate the nature around us!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 27 days ago

Morning Jeff.

Not many animals in the area we live in.  The birds on the other hand are abundant.  Of course it helps to have three bird feeders and one for the hummers.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 27 days ago

Good morning, Jeff Dowler, CRS sounds like a jungle.... in my area, we make sure we've treated the lawn for grubs....skunks will scratch up a lawn looking for them.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 27 days ago

Good morning Jeff. Nature certainly does surround you! The rattlesnakes and skunks are a bit much for me. Enjoy your friends!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 27 days ago

Hi Jeff... for some reason I didn't remember that you backed up to a canyon... as for skunks and coyotes and snakes... I could live without those!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 27 days ago

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - This is so cool!  Our roadrunners are very elusive.  I rarely get to see one. Coming from the suburbs in SoCal, I only would see coyotes.  There is something special about having animals around you. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) 27 days ago

Jeff,

How lovely!  We are hearing frogs with great regularity, and have not seen any critters lately!  Happy Friday.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 27 days ago

Good morning Jeff Dowler, CRS - this is similar to our backyard except for the roadrunner.  I really don't want come around the corner of our house at night and meet that skunk.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 27 days ago

Jeff I had a close encounter with a skunk last Fall.  I was in the garage painting a couple of doors so I had the garage doors open.  I looked to my right and there was a skunk staring me down.  Good thing he decided to keep on going instead of getting a closer look at me.  Paint might not have been the only thing I would be smelling ..... LOL

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 27 days ago

Jeff- I love the beautiful Oriole you captured. I have seen roadrunners in my travels. Cool bird. I have caught skunks in a trap before meant for squirrels. Thankfully I was never sprayed.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) 26 days ago

That'll do it James Dray  You put out the feeders and the birds will come in abundance. Always fun to watch.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 26 days ago

Hi Barbara Todaro 

Yep I recall that grubs are a favorite of skunks. We had one house with a real grub problem that took a while to treat successfully. The skunks had a feast for a while.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 26 days ago

Yep, I agree Wayne Martin . Most of the wildlife is fine with me, although I would prefer no coyotes, too. We lived on a large wooded lot in New England for some years and got used to all kinds of critters being around. Drove the dogs nuts!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 26 days ago

Hi Nina Hollander  It's a pleasant view as opposed to looking at houses, but it does bring the critters. I am not fond of the snakes, skunks and coyotes either but doubt we can do anything but grin and bear them.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 26 days ago

Jeff - what a wonderful backyard you have. So...now after years of The Roadrunner cartoons, I find out that it does not go "meep meep."  We have a skunk that visits at night so before we go out to the garage, we turn on the light and make a noise. I've been told they eat snakes, so if they do that, I'll keep them around. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 26 days ago

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

We have seen Roadrunners a number of times this year, even on our back patio - great lizard hunting I think. It was fun to finally hear the sound it makes.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 26 days ago

You have to take the good and the bad since we don't really get to choose what animals might visit our homes.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 26 days ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - the frogs are fun, aren't they?

Ha ha Grant Schneider  - yep, the skunk is one animal I can do without.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 26 days ago

Yikes, close call George Souto That would NOT have been pleasant.

Our neighbor's dog got skunked last year when the skunk was visiting - our daughter saw it in our yard and then it went to visit the neighbor. We warn them now via text when we see it so they keep their dog in!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 26 days ago

Hi Sharon Lee 

The orioles are wonderful and we enjoy them every year on the feeders and nesting in the nearby palm trees. The skunk is not wonderful!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 26 days ago

I hadn't heard that about skunks Kathy Streib  but that would suit me fine. I wonder if coyotes go after skunks?

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 26 days ago

So true Brian England  They tend to do what they want and where. Could be worse - my brother-in-law in NY has lots of problems with foxes and bears at his house.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 26 days ago

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