I managed to get a photo of this bird a couple of days ago. Originally found in Asia, primarily China and India, these bird have been slowly moving worldwide. In 1974 in the Bahamas around 50 captive birds escaped and have now spread over much of North America. I’m not sure when they arrived in our area, the southwest coast of British Columbia, but it was a first for me.
The black bears should just be making their appearance now, coming out of hibernation. When I took this photo in April of 2016 this guy was thinking about raiding our compost bin. He was a young bear and hadn’t learned about electric fences. It only takes one encounter and the bears shy away from any wire fencing on the property. The shock doesn’t hurt the bear but it does give it an unpleasant jolt which I unfortunately know about from experience.
This pair of Canadian Geese spend the whole year cruising around this small raft in front of my sister’s house. Some years they have managed to build a nest and hatch goslings even though it is a fairly vulnerable spot.