The Okanagan Valley is home to a flock of wild peafowl; their domesticated ancestors were released a couple of decades ago. Did you know that peacocks are a type of pheasant?
No one thought they would survive, but they have done much better than expected and are now well established.
I encountered this one while I was out for a walk. The male approached me while two peahens wandered into a nearby yard.
He turned his back to me and started vibrating his feathers, or in other words, he was inviting me to, um, assess him. It was quite the display, but I don’t think I’m ready to become part of the peacock cult.
This little deer stopped by our place for a snack.
She looked a little skinny and bedraggled and her face seemed a bit injured. I wondered if she had escaped our huge, nearby fire.
She didn’t seem upset or perturbed, though.
There has been an uptick in the number of deer and other animals (apparently, bears as well) we are seeing in the city, probably because of the fires. They are finding refuge wherever they can, but it’s terrible to realise there are many animals who haven’t escaped or are badly injured.
I came across this deer chowing down on apricots. There were three trees in the field, all of which have very ripe and seemingly abandoned fruit. He didn’t seem much bothered by me as I stopped to admire the scene.
There were many apricots on the ground but this guy was picking them right from the trees.
I’m glad he found the trees and is having some good meals – he was there again the next day – it would be a shame for the fruit to go to waste.