I often write about the wooded lot next door and the animal life there. I began putting out pans of water this summer during the drought and it attracted so many birds and animals that I've kept it up.
We also have been putting food out and the crowd of wildlife coming to the "dinner table" on the retaining wall by the wooded lot keeps growing. In
addition to the dozen or so squirrels, an assortment of birds and the
wild turkeys, there are three opossums, several raccoons and a two foxes.
There are an occasional couple of freeloading cats, two cottontail rabbits
and four or five deer. Someone down the block dumped their Halloween
pumpkins in the wooded lot and the deer come to munch on them. The
pumpkin seeds are gobbled up by the squirrels.
My twelve wild turkeys have shrunk to ten. I suspect that someone poached the missing two--although the foxes may have gotten them. With Thanksgiving next Thursday and roast turkey being the traditional meal, I worry about the rest of them. It's illegal to hunt in the city but someone with a crossbow could sneak up on them. They stroll around the neighborhood all day and they're so used to being around people that it wouldn't be hard.
The traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner that I cook every year consists of: roast turkey with herb dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potato/apple casserole, relish tray with pickles, olives and fresh veggies and dinner rolls. For those who don't eat meat, I also serve salmon (we don't have any vegans). I also make pumpkin pie and another pie. It's a lot of work, but it is sooo good!
Thanksgiving 2010 (Note dog intently watching platter of turkey!)