Animals and Birds on the Ranch
The Ranch supports a large population of forest animals. Deer visit the front of the house all the time. Elk, while fewer, have been seen between the house and the multipurpose building and nearby. Foxs are plentiful (especially if you do not have a barking dog). While bears are able to be seen on occasion you won’t have a problem if you keep garbage in the garage and bring the humming bird feeders inside at night. Eleven stripe chipmunks are here all summer and are fun to watch, they hibernate in the winter. Reptiles are few due to the altitude and cold winters.
Here is a sample of a few of the hundred plus bird species that frequent the Ranch. Two flocks of Miriam's Wild Turkeys make the Ranch their home year round as do the Stellar Jays. The swallows appear about May and build nests in boxes on the balcony. Two species of humming birds make the ranch home all summer long before migrating to Mexico. Put out a bird feeder to attract a constant stream of finches, cross bills, gross beaks, woodpeckers, nuthatches and chicadees, just to name a few. In addition, the Western Tanager with its bright yellow body and red head is spectacular.