Below is a story written by an Overlea resident describing what a summer night on his front porch looks like.
A Midsummer Nights Dream (In Overlea)
As the sun sets and the sounds of playing children fade into the night, Overlea’s other residents awaken. Cautiously the rabbits venture out waiting for the darkness to envelope them after an afternoon siesta from the summers heat. The squirrels, settling into their tree top apartments for the night, look down and survey the neighborhood from the old trees that have seen so many nights such as this. The baby raccoons, restless and full of energy have been waiting all afternoon to go out and play. They nudge mom and dad from their slumber and you can almost hear them ask “can we go out and play yet?”.
As the darkness takes a firm hold the baby rabbits emboldened by the darkness begin to frolic and play carefree as mom and dad look on, relaxing in the cool grass. The babies run and jump, chasing one another endlessly until exhaustion overtakes them and they stop for a bite to eat and a short rest. Momma rabbit is relaxed but cautious, she knows it’s too early yet for the fox but she’ll take no chances with her babies. Thus she is the first to spot the commotion when the raccoon family comes over the fence and onto the green. She knows they’re no danger, a nice bunch actually but those teenagers of theirs can be a bit rowdy sometimes even if they are good kids. Mom and dad seem to have them under control tonight though and they keep the shenanigans to a minimum as they move on along and out of site again.
The night is wearing on now and the rabbits have had their fill of grass and clover. The children are getting tired and momma rabbit is on full alert. This is about the time the foxes come through. They haven’t been around much lately, the red and the grey, but while her babies are still so small it’s best to get everyone settled in and secure.
The raccoon parents too sense the night waning and begin to gather the boys for the walk home. It takes far more time then it should, four rambunctious boys is a handful even for mother. Dad however has no such problems and he get’s involved and the boys fall back in line. They arrive home just as the light begins to creep into the sky from the east and the squirrels again begin to stir in their treetops. The family settles in for a long warm day as the birds begin to sing harkening the sun as it breaks the sky and a new day in Overlea begins.
Many species of wild and plant life can be found here in Overlea-making you forget you are in “the city.”
Here are some species of mammals that can be found here in Baltimore:
- Virginia oppossum Didelphis virginiana
- Shrew (Variety of Species)
- Moles (Variety of species)
- Bats (Variety of Species)
- White Tail Deer
- Eastern pipistrelle Pipistrellus subflavus
- Cotton Tails (Variety of Species)
- American beaver Castor canadensis
- Porcupine Erethizon dorsatum
- Red fox Vulpes vulpes
- Common gray fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus
- Eastern spotted skunk Spilogale putorius
- Striped skunk Mephitis mephitis
The native plant list is too long to list, so this article put together by the Maryland Cooperative Extension at The University of Maryland is a great guide to local plants.
You can purchase native plants from the Herring Run Nursery.