Intrigued by the diverse bird species in her backyard, Danae Wolfe decided to set up a secret camera in her bird feeder to capture their visits.
“We have a certified wildlife garden at home, and I was thrilled to start tracking all the various bird species that our yard supports.”
However, she soon discovered that the feathered creatures were not the only ones enjoying the feast.
“[But] we noticed our non-feathered visitors almost immediately.”
Raccoons were the first surprise guests, swiftly followed by nocturnal visitors such as deer, skunks, flying squirrels, and more, turning her suburban landscape into a bustling wildlife hotspot.
“The raccoons knocked the feeder off the tree where it was mounted during the first night. The camera captured the moment a raccoon knocked the feeder off the tree and broke the bird perch. Shortly thereafter, the feeder captured a variety of nocturnal visitors stopping by for a late-night snack, including deer, skunks, flying squirrels, and, of course, more raccoons!”
With deer devouring a substantial portion of the food and raccoons finishing the leftovers, the once bird-centric feeder has transformed into a haven for mammals, with squirrels joining the daytime snacking.
“We’ve seen the deer visit during the day, and we occasionally see a skunk waddle through the yard every once in a while. But before installing the bird feeder camera, we had no idea these animals were visiting our yard regularly!”
Deer gracefully strolling by during the day, an occasional skunk ambling through the yard, and an astonishing revelation of regular animal visitors were just a few of the delightful surprises that awaited Danae Wolfe after setting up a bird feeder camera.
“The deer eat a good portion when they visit, and the raccoons often polish off the rest. What they don’t eat, the squirrels snack on during the day. Occasionally, we’ll see a bird, but it’s become more of a mammal feeder than a bird feeder.”
Wolfe’s whispered expressions of love to the animals through the two-way radio on the feeder, especially the enchanting flying squirrels she had never known were present, have added an extra touch of joy to the experience.
“The bird feeder camera has a two-way radio, so I sometimes whisper ‘I love you’ to them while they eat. The flying squirrels are a close second. I didn’t know we had [them] until the feeder captured them on camera, so that was a very nice surprise.”
Witnessing the incredible diversity of creatures thriving in their yard, Wolfe and her family take pride in the rewarding fruits of their labor.
“It’s been incredibly rewarding to see that our yard is supporting [such] amazing diversity of animals, and the hard work we’re putting into our home landscape is paying off. It feels like we have a forest in the middle of a suburban neighborhood, which is a dream come true.”
With her bird feeder now serving as a 24-hour restaurant, Wolfe’s backyard has become a haven for an incredible variety of animals, bringing her joy and a sense of accomplishment for creating a mini forest in the heart of the suburbs.