Ruby-throated Hummingbird

There are many of kinds of wildlife in this area of Western North Carolina in the USA. I have drawn a few pictures that represent what is rather common here if you take the time to look around. Hummingbirds are found in this area from the later part of spring through the first cold nights of fall. Read more about them on the Hummingbirds page.

Cottontail Rabbit Also found here is the Cottontail Rabbit. You usually don't see too many unless you have a garden and then you may see more of them than you want. The ones I see are generally out early in the mornings and late into the evenings. I have even seen them at the base of my birdfeeder eating seeds that were dropped by the birds. They are shyer than the squirrels, but I'm sure they are eyeing my flowers and plants when I'm not around.

Eastern Chipmunk
Faster than a speeding bullet, able to stuff their checks almost as wide as they are long, and they climb trees - the Chipmunk. Most affectionately called a Chipper.

Red Squirrel
This is Squirrely Q. He has a lot of friends who live around our house. His squirrel friends were robbing the birdfeeders until we started feeding them too. So now they leave the birdfeeders alone! The Squirrels are quite mischievous and can get themselves in trouble, but we put up with it since they can be so cute!

Red FoxBy far the most common fox is the Red Fox. Due to the alertness of the red fox, with its keen senses of smell, hearing, and sight, it can live close to human habitation without being easily noticed. I know that I have only seen one around here in 12 years. The red fox ranges across Eurasia and North Africa and from northern Mexico to the Arctic. Those that live here are smaller and have lighter colored coats than ones living further north.

The struggle for any dream
is always worth the effort,
for in the struggle lies its strength,
and fulfillment
toward the changing seasons
of ourselves.
---- Walter Rinder

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