One of my favorite spots to view wildlife (both mammals and birds) is the churchyard at St. Paul’s, Ivy. The churchyard was originally part of the Lewis (as in Meriwether Lewis of Lewis and Clark fame) family estate. It is surrounded by woods on three sides so there is a good space for animals to graze and then escape into the surrounding woods, down a burrow or up a tree depending upon the animal.
I have seen a buzzard drying his wings on a teak bench.
Sometimes a fickle fox will pop out of the underbrush long enough to be seen.
Vultures sometimes roost in the trees.
A fat groundhog has a burrow under the Osage Orange Tree.
Deer come and go as if they own the place.
The squirrels are present year around.
We’ve even had a black bear walking around the Churchyard. I think that may be the same bear that followed the railroad tracks into our neighborhood last Friday.