A couple of days later, I found a baby kitten curled up on the front porch! Not more than a couple of weeks old, she scurried off under the back porch. She showed up again the next evening and was like putty in our hands. She must have been a straggler whose Mom (thankfully) came and got her in the night.
This is typical, and over the last 5 months I've encountered a family of deer running across the front yard in the pouring rain. Armadillo that stopped traffic while they crossed the road. Chipmunk, squirrel, bat, hawk, geese, woodpecker, humming birds, fleas, ticks, mice, wasps, bees, and a host of other creatures that go bump day and night.
This is why Dusty has made her station under a 75 year old chesnut tree that sits smack in mid-property. She's gonna catch a critter, even if it kills her. Terrier-ist!
I learned last week that we've now officially entered BEAR season! This should be interesting. Or terrifying. I'll keep you posted.