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Monday, August 4, 2008

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Mama raccoon is no longer wholly nocturnal these days, probably because there's more competition for food at night. She'll only bring her 2 youngsters under cover of darkness, however.
In other, mammalian news, mama brown rat's getting so fat & contented she may make a nice snack for a local hawk or snake one of these days.

One of 6 blue jays, 4 of 10-15 mourning doves, a cardinal chick, a male red-bellied woodpecker & one of his two chicks.

3 young cardinals, red-headed woodpecker & brown thrasher (the latter two also have two chicks each, at least, although they're not pictured here.)

When I go out to feed the birds first thing in the morning, it appears to rain cardinals for a while. They are so numerous now as to be past the point of even remotely accurate counting. It's quite surreal.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

It really is a bird wonderland you've got there.--Cardinal Spellman

Monique said...

Lovely bird pictures here Lana. Apologies to Charles. I had a look at his post but could not find the right words, but will be back.

Travis Erwin said...

Very cool on the Cardinals. I love that woodpecker. Here at work I am often surrounded by pecker woods.

Charles Gramlich said...

Not sure why, but the woodpeckers are my favorites.

Michelle (artscapes) said...

Great images. Our raccoons are all fat.... LOL!

Can't wait to hear if you won on the 10th! :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Cardinal Spellman; Thanks! I can vouch for the fact that the cliche "eat like a bird" does NOT mean what most people think. *L*

monique; Thank you.

travis; I hear you about pecker woods (although I have to say, I've managed to alleviate virtually ALL instances of them in my life...FINALLY. *L*)

charles; I love them, too. I don't know who my "favorites" would be, though, really. I love all of the kids for different reasons. The woodpeckers ARE kinda cool, though.

michelle; Mama raccoon (pictured here,) is starting to beef back up. She was looking pretty thin & scruffy when she first gave birth, of course. Her baby-daddy is mighty fat & bossy, though. He looks like he should be strutting around in a white suit & hat with a cane. Like some kind of big ol' plantation raccoon. *LOL*
I'll let you know if I did win. *fingers crossed*

Crayons said...

Wow, that's a great shot of the raccoon! They scare me because several years ago one chased me across a parking lot.

The image of the sky raining cardinals is great. I'm keeping track of birds in our yard, and it really helps with awareness.

Thanks for your nice, nice, nice notes on "Crayons." I'm having a hard time keeping up with visiting favorite blogs. I'm at the library now for several hours. I'm glad to visit you.

Steve Malley said...

Wow, lovely. All I've got out my own backyard this morning is golden mist roiling across the deck as the sun hits the rain puddles. It's rained for eight or nine days straight, so that sun is pretty welcome!

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Lucky you with the cardinal bonanza every morning. I haven't seen a red-headed woodpecker in YEARS!

ChrisEldin said...

Beautiful photos!
I'm sorry I missed the voting for your ocean photograph. I hope it does well!

The picture of the baby bird with its beak open is amazing. Truly amazing. That one should be entered in a contest too.

laughingwolf said...

reg'lar zoo, right outside your home... how cool is that?

Leedra said...

Love the racoon and the woodpecker. Wish we had an over abundance of Cardinals. I cannot get them to cross the road into my yard.

JR's Thumbprints said...

The young babies are keeping Mama Raccoon up all day. She hasn't slept in weeks.

Travis said...

So you have a cardinal-palooza?

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Lana, sometimes I think you are a creature of the outside. You mingle so well with them. :D What a lovely post and great images. The raccoon picture shows such personality and the other photos are special too.

Hugs, JJ

Lisa said...

That is so nice how you take care of your animal neighbors, Lana. Mama Raccoon is lovely! :-)

Lana Gramlich said...

Caroline; I know how busy you are these days & I commend your efforts (both in cyberspace & outside of it!)
I had a mama raccoon come after me once, too--after her too-inquisitive brood of 5 got up the nerve to come over so I could pet them. I stood my ground against mama raccoon (I wasn't about to turn my back on all of those teeth & claws,) but we parted without incident (besides my wonderful memory of those too-inquisitive raccoon babies!)
I love keeping track of the local birds. I get so excited when I see a new species turn up I practically dance around the house. *LOL*

Steve; Wow. That's just TOO much rain! Sometimes we get it hard, but never for long. Hey...a person could take that 2 ways, couldn't they? And that, actually...*L*
The golden mist sounds wonderful, though!

Nancy; The red-heads only started coming very sporadically this past Autumn or Winter, I'd say. Now they're like "regulars." These are the first ones I've ever seen in "real" life, myself. From the time I was a kid I'd wanted to see one. When I first spotted one out back I was so excited I lost all power of speech. I ran into my husband's office (which overlooks the feeding area,) pointing at the woodpecker outside & making short, desperate noises. *LOL*

Chris; Somehow blogger ate the photo of the feeding cardinals--I'll try to fix that tonight. Thanks, though! I was just glad to have the opportunity to get that shot.

laughingwolf; I have to say, it's WAY cool. ;)

leedra; Do you feed the birds? If not, that'd probably do it. Note; They, like most birds, LOOOOVE sunflower seeds.

jr; You may be right, actually.

travis; It's Charles & Lana's Cardinal Emporium. Come on down! *L*

jj; Thanks. Yes, I'm definitely a forest child. I'm just fortunate to finally, actually live in the woods! *L*

lisa; The poor critters have enough challenges in their lives, y'know? Particularly the brown headed nuthatches (endangered) & red-headed woodpeckers (declining in our area.) If my tiniest efforts can help them, I feel both obligated & honored to do so!

Erik Donald France said...

That is really amazing.

I knew this couple in New Jersey would fed both wild raccoons and cats -- the weirdest mix, but the two groups ate their own food and left each other alone just a few meters away from each other.

Nardeeisms said...

Absolutely love the birds. Red-headed woodpeckers are beautiful but they sure can be noisy in the morning! We also have a cardinal bonanza around this time of year in this "neck of the woods". Thanks for sharing! - Nards

Lana Gramlich said...

erik; I've seen similar things just in our backyard, but in an even shorter range--a foot or two...Raccoons & opossums tolerating each other, a gray fox tolerating baby raccoons (particularly as they were QUITE interested in HIM!) Ironically, when there's a fight, it's most often between ALL raccoons or whatnot. A fair bit of bird drama, of course, but the most intense fighting, again, is among birds of the same species. Interesting...

nards; I don't feed the birds until I'm up, of course. Until that point, they all kind of wait around in the dense underbrush around my house (perhaps a few birds high in the trees.) Not to mention that the bird feeding area is diametrically opposed (on our property,) to the location of our bedroom, so they can make all the racket they want. *L*

Shauna Roberts said...

What a great bird family you have! I envy you your cardinals.

Marvin said...

You have an enchanted back yard. Thanks for sharing.

Lana Gramlich said...

Shauna; I think we just live in a great area for it...the birds have everything they need here. I just hope the adjacent lots to ours aren't cleared for more houses anytime soon. <:(

Marvin; My pleasure, I assure you. :)

Wren said...

I love your friends, and your photos of them.

Leedra said...

I am leaving them extra sunflower seeds on the ground because I know from our last 2 houses they prefer to eat on the ground. Maybe in time they will come across the road. Just working on it right now.

Lana Gramlich said...

wren; Thank you. We do, too. :)

leedra; If you have an area that's not far from some underbrush, that gives them an extra sense of security (they can hide quickly if need be.) Keep trying, regardless! If you feed them, they will come!

Barbara Martin said...

Raining cardinals mean they trust you enough to come close. Feeding wild birds is a good way to visit them each day. Wondeful photos of the racoon.

Lana Gramlich said...

barbara; Well, the cardinal rains typically start right AFTER I step back into the house, but at least they know there's safety & food for them here. It's such a little thing to us, but such a big thing to them! The raccoon is considerably more trusting of us, but we love ALL the critters. :)

Natural said...

you are brave to get this close to a raccoon.

Lana Gramlich said...

NW; I'm standing at my back door & she's down on the ground, looking up at me (which she does quite often.) If I even took one step out the door, she'd bolt. If she took any steps toward the back stairs, I could close the door before she got in. It's all good. :)

Nomad Flavor said...

All the animals are really great! I especially like the Photograph of the Raccoon. Beautiful...

Lana Gramlich said...

nomad flavor; Thank you kindly. :)

Nomad Flavor said...

You're welcome. I'll probably be following this blog for awhile. You have quite an assortment.

Lana Gramlich said...

nomad; Thanks & enjoy. :)

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