JOURNEYS WITH JIM: Plenty of wildlife has been seen in Jim's backyard

Published on Wednesday, 5 July 2017 21:37


It’s getting to be a bit of a habit lately for local wildlife to visit my backyard.

Just a few weeks ago, we had a mother bear with baby in tow in the yard and just last Friday morning, as I was leaving for work at about 5:30 a.m., I just happened to glance down towards the “outback,” as my wife calls it, and there stood a lone deer. I couldn’t tell if it was buck or doe.

No matter, it was just cool to have it visit us, if only briefly. My wife happened to be up at the time and I was able to sneak back into the house to get her without alarming our dogs. She was just thrilled to see our guest, too.

Over the years, we’ve had our share of backyard visitors. I think the oddest one was the big snapping turtle. I have no idea where it might have come from, but one spring morning, there he was.

Our dogs had just gone out for their morning routine when I heard a big ruckus out back. The dogs had the turtle surrounded and he wasn’t exactly thrilled about the idea. I was able to get behind him and with a bit of effort, picked him up and deposited him on the other side of the fence.

Although a bit flustered by his experience, old Mr. Turtle went on his way. About a week or so later, I read an account in the Bristol Press about a snapping turtle being picked up by the police on Divinity Street. I’m pretty sure it was the same suspect that trespassed onto my property.

I’ve never taken a full inventory, but we’ve had some nice sightings. Between the deer, bears, turtles, countless birds, raccoons and rabbits, I think we’ve just about covered it all.

This past weekend, my good friend, Dave, from Wolcott, got out for a bit of fishing.

Launching from the state boat ramp in Niantic, his first stop was at the Millstone outflow. He reported that there were a few other boats there, but no one was catching any bluefish.

His next stop was near the mouth of the Thames River, at Sunflower Reef. A few good-sized porgies came to the net, along with quite a few short fluke. With the new 19-inch minimum for fluke this year, I think that getting your daily limit will be a bit of a chore. Hopefully the fishing will improve as the summer passes.

Even though it was a bit warm this past Sunday, my friend, Brad, from Terryville, and I did a bit of deer scouting on one of my favorite state land spots. It was a bit of an abbreviated hike due to the heat, but we enjoyed our time afield.

I only used some regular insect repellant and I was quite surprised that I didn’t have one pesky tick on me. Usually you would need a specialty product like Permetrin to repel them.

Now that summer’s here, the outdoor world is most enjoyable. Being prepared for all your adventures will make for the best times in the woods or on the water.

Posted in The Bristol Press, General Sports on Wednesday, 5 July 2017 21:37. Updated: Wednesday, 5 July 2017 21:40.