New Backyardigans Come To Play

The opening of my kitchen blind this morning, revealed a couple of newcomers to our backyard.

Odette and her cute baby Ollie were frolicking in the pond. If they were looking for fish, they were disappointed.


They stayed to play for a few minutes before running back to the lake where fish are plentiful. River otters have few predators, but are sometimes hunted by alligators and birds of prey, so I guess these two had better watch out for Ali-Baba and Ozzie osprey. They’re pretty fast in the water, so their chances of survival are quite good.


I’m always happy to see new critters on my patch. Do you have any interesting animals in your backyard?

Happy Tuesday everyone.


89 comments on “New Backyardigans Come To Play

  1. Wow…river otters in your back yard?! How wonderful Sylvia! That would be so unusual here, hard enough seeing them in rivers, not they are making a comeback since the 70’s slowly but surely, but they are so elusive. I was so excited to see them at the Otter Farm in Cornwall, as you could tell ๐Ÿ˜€ The only exciting visitor in my back garden is my visiting birds…Sweet Robin as you know! And the occasional naughty neighbour’s cat, who I don’t want anywhere near Sweet Robin! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ xxx

  2. River otters? Wow! What outstandingly cool creatures to have in your backyard! Of course, we do have some wildlife near my apartment building too. There are some sparrows that often sit on the patch of grass next door and after it rained the other day, I saw an earthworm. Um… that’s it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. I’m so glad I took a moment to stop in to see these lovely critters. Eric has found otter tracks down at the Creek House, but we’ve yet to catch sight of any. We also have beaver and bobcats and very likely bear. I think we’re finally getting pretty close to making the big move, but I’m still struggling with getting the house ready to show.

  4. You certainly do have the most unusual guests at your home. It reminds me of when I saw a wild mink basking on the shore of our pond in New Hampshire.

  5. What cool backyard guests. I have a magical backyard here at the Hotel Thompson. Currently we have a rooster that lives in the hood that keeps jumping into my yard. Of course I chase him out. Then there is the occasional Bigfoot but that’s our little secret okay. Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

  6. You are so lucky – they just come to you, all of them! Lucky for us you take photos and tell us their stories…I only have birds and cats in my garden…and sometimes a neat little hedgehog.

  7. You are lucky to have such charming visitors, Sylvia! I love observing River Otters, but we do not see them here at the ocean. They don’t need to be afraid of Ozzie Osprey…but definitely should exercise caution when Ellie Eagle is around ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Oh my! I’ve never seen otters in the wild, Sylvia. They’re so cute! You’re like Doctor Doolittle…all of the critters flock to you. I can’t wait for more pictures of these little fellas. xo

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