Readers’ wildlife photos

April 30, 2021 • 8:00 am

Send in your good wildlife photos, please. Thanks!

Today we have a new contributor, Michael Schrank of Boise, Idaho.  Michael’s captions are indented, and you can enlarge them by clicking on them.

Our backyard seems to be a haven for all types of wildlife and occasionally we capture some in photos.  The first are of a wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo merriami) that would appear in our yard last fall and loved to sun itself on the back deck.


We often see fawns in the spring. This poor little one was hidden by its mom right by the side door of the house in a garden.

 Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) often rest on the lawn for hours, often the whole day if no one disturbs them.

8 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

    1. Yes, I like the fawn too. Even though there are many deer close to where I live, I have never come across a hidden fawn.

  1. Nice photos Michael. You must not have many ornamental plants with all those deer! The local (white tailed) deer in our area trash our gardens.

  2. Noting the turkey.

    One thing that amazes me is the birds (and some mammals) that are abundant now (where I live in Minnesota), which were very rare or non-existent when I was young.

    I never saw a (wild) Turkey in Minnesota until 1993.
    I never saw a Trumpeter Swan in the 1960s or 70s.
    I never saw a Cardinal until I was 20
    I never saw a Bluebird
    I never saw a Sandhill Crane
    I never saw a Pileated Woodpecker outside of northern Minnesota
    There were very few Ospreys or Bald Eagles

    Now all of the are common. Most of them nest in the open space across the street from us.
    Turkeys are so common, they are a pest. We had one in our fenced (5-foot fence) back yard last week.

    Same things with: Beaver, Mink, Red Fox, Coyotes, Opossum.

  3. That fawn looks like it was just born. All these animals are beautiful- those are some big bucks! Thanks for sharing.

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