Wild Critters of Anglia Farm

As with many farms, we have a family of deer that graze with the horses early mornings and evenings. The deer are often accompanied by fawns of varying sizes. The deer are not afraid of the horses, so if you are riding one, they are unaware of human presence. However, once you dismount and step away from the horse, the deer run away. It amazes me that the horses take absolutely no notice of the deer. If a group of strange horsees were standing in the field, T-Rex aand Paddy would be running around like lunatics. I suppose that the horses have learned to accept their visitors.

Several foxes have been seen meandering around the paddocks. I think their dens are situated under the rocks near the pond, as that is where they run to escape. Recently, there were two kits wrestling and playing tag in the ring. They were even jumping over and through the jumps, incorporating the standards and fences into their antics. The kits were seen playing for over 20 minutes. Like the deer, the foxes were not afraid of the horses, but scampered off after sensing our presence.

We have a lovely family of wild turkeys that frequent the farm. They enjoy pecking around the board paddock, probably searching for insects. They have been found as close as the horse trailer, wandering through the tall weeds. The turkeys do not seem to mind the horses, and will come right up close. One parent always leads the babies and the other follows behind.

We have a large quantity of bullfrogs in our pond. Most are not fully grown.I brought 2 as tadpoles to school for my students. They were a year old at that time, but still had not legs. One month later they were frogs! It was great to see the metamorphosis of the tadpoles. It actually takes 18 months for bullfrog tadpoles to develop into frogs.They then can live for 15 years! During one weekend, both tadpoles escaped. We found one hopping around the classroom. He was rather dry, but we stuck him back in the water and he was fine. That night we released him back into the pond. He croaked upon hearing the sounds of the other frogs. We never found the other one, even when I moved out of that room! To find out more about our bullfrog project and why the bullfrog is our town symbol, please visit www.bilingualchallenge.com.

The elusive woodchuck has been seen on occasion in the upper paddock. We also have turkey vultures that live in the bare winter trees. However, their numbers have decreased in the past years, maybe due to the milder winters?


Myrtle was a class pet for the winter and was released on 04/16/04 into our pond.




New Turtles released on 05/06/04