Living in Los Angeles, my experiences with nature and wildlife differ from someone living in a more rural environment. However, outside my door and within my neighborhood, I’ve got my fair share of a wild kingdom. Here are my top 6 nature observations:
- Not all trees are green. Outside my bedroom window, a large jacaranda tree towers over our home. The lilac flowers fall and cover the grass with a “purple snow.”
- Crows are alive and well and vocal in Los Angeles. Crows always make me think of scarecrows and farms. However, these crows seem to be auditioning for a choir. They sing, croon, and yell at each other. At times, their vocalizations sound like ducks quacking or owls hooting.
- Squirrels are quick. They run and chase each other, across the lawn and up a tree. They amble over tree branches like circus performers on a tightrope. They attempt to catch each other; although I’m not sure if they’re trying to attack each other or mate.
- Raccoons live in families, and in my neighborhood. One year, several years ago, my husband and I were walking around our neighborhood in the early evening hours. The sun had set and out of some hedges we saw a family of raccoons scamper across to hide away in a storm drain.
- Opossums live in my neighborhood. They’re lurking, and just a few weeks ago, I watched one amble around my neighbor’s back patio. They’re eerie, creepy, look like an over-grown rat, and frankly, have no business being anywhere near my home.
- Birds really do look for twigs to build their nests. Mama birds really do sit on eggs within these nests. For the last week, my son and I check each day for our “Mama Birdie,” who sits in her nest perched atop the wall separating my back patio from my neighbor’s.