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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Baby Raccons & An Unusual Visitor

Recently mama raccoon (who you may remember from this post or this one,) has been coming by with her 5 kits;

Mama's the big one on the right here.

Thanks to my husband, Charles, for these pictures. Here are a couple I took tonight;


Do you see the 2nd raccoon in this shot?

This summer I've occasionally spotted a male indigo bunting in our feeding area. Although some do live around here in Summer, until now we never saw them here outside of migration time (& much more often in Spring than Fall.)

A couple of "our" young cardinals. Here the male (facing the camera,) is starting to get his black face.

35 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

the babies are tres cute.

Maalie said...

Fancy having racoons in your garden!
Great Indigo Bunting - I have seen them on migration in the Everglades.

Middle Ditch said...

Aw, raccoons are lovely

Travis Cody said...

Animal control removed several raccoons a couple of years ago from around our place. I saw one early one morning after a heavy snowfall. I wasn't sure what it was at first...then it turned and looked at me. There's no mistaking that face!

NatureFootstep said...

it is nice to get unusual visitors. Like both the birds and raccoons. :)

Steve Malley said...

Your blog is such a little island of peace in my full-throttle life. Thank you, Lana! :-D

Halcyon said...

The racoons are cute, but I wouldn't want them in my yard. :)

You've got some nice birds too!

letspaintnature.com said...

Raccoons are TROUBLE! But the babys are oh so cute!!!

Kelly said...

Yeah, heh heh, Raccoons are cute but boy are they mean, sometimes. When we go to the state park close to where I live, they're everywhere. And they'll walk right up to you... No problem. They're not afraid of people at all.

I like them (so far, I've never been bitten by one) but they're trouble for your outside garbage cans and pets. Love those pictures. Great shots!

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; Not as cute as you. :)

Maalie & NatureFootstep; We love the raccoons AND the indigo buntings.

Middle Ditch; Yes, they're just precious.

Travis C.; Yes, the bandit's mask is certainly noticeable (& apt!)

Steve; Anytime! I'm glad you enjoy the break from the rat race. Peace has been my goal for most of my life. I'm glad that I have it these days...and that I can share it. :)

Halcyon; We live out in the country perhaps largely because of the wild critters. I'm glad they're willing to share their space with us.

Christine; Raccoons can be trouble, certainly. We've learned to live in harmony, though. They're the "loveable rogues" of our yard.

Kelly; When I lived up North there were very tame raccoons like you've described. Of course, people need to be careful around any wild animals. All of the photos we have are taken from the safety of the house (& there are no steps at the back door, so they can't easily get me, anyway.) If anything, these wilder raccoons are a bit wary (which is why mom & a baby are up in a tree in that one photo.) Because of the easily-accessed, leftover bird seed in the backyard, they don't bother our garbage cans.

Ladygoodwood said...

Lana the racoons are wonderful! What great pictures.

We don't get racoons in the UK so it seems very exotic to me!irpapsq

Erik Donald France said...

Awesome! Including the Bunting. As for the Little Bears, my ex-wife has relatives who lived by a bay and woods in New Jersey and they had a gob of 'em in the back yard. What was strange is they also had a gob of cats -- and they left each other alone, while keeping pretty close in that yard. One of the damndest things I ever have seen.

Larry said...

The young Raccoons are cute but they are serious animals.We have them in our backyard at the feeders some times. My cat seems confused by them when she sees them throught the window at night.Nice job with the photos.

eileeninmd said...

Cute shots of the raccoon family. The Indigo Bunting is a beautiful bird, great shot!

Demon Hunter said...

Nice shots. I didn't see the 2nd raccoon until I read there was one. :-D

Beautiful bird.

Deray said...

the indigo bird is adorable! so bright! I've never seen them. The baby raccoons are cute too, nice pictures Charles and Lana ;-)

timethief said...

Great photos and in the dark yet - wow! I'm impressed. Thanks so much for sharing these shots with us readers. We have raccoons here too and that's why we have secure garbage bins. When we were trying to sleep sleep on our deck during the last hot spell we were visited by raccoons all night long and the dogs didn't appreciate it at all. What sleep?! The chittering and barking was incessant ... lol :D

Lana Gramlich said...

Ladygoodwood, eileeninmd, DH & Deray; Thanks. Even if they're fairly common around here, we still love 'em. ;)

Erik; Strange that the cats & coons got along! I once watched out our back window as a couple of fearless, curious young coonies (much like these,) walked right up to an adult gray fox by our back door. Surprisingly, the fox was very tolerant, although he had a "what the hell is THIS" look on his face. Wish I had a camera then, I tell you!

Larry; Thanks. They're fairly regular here (probably because of the feeders. I have LOTS of photos of raccoons with bird seed stuck to their noses. *L*)

TT; Thanks. :) Yes, I can imagine the racket between dogs & raccoons...gads!

Layla Morgan Wilde said...

Sweet!Do you feed them? We have five baby raccoons who visit our porch.

Lana Gramlich said...

Layla; We sometimes throw out scraps for whatever critter wants them (anything from ants to oppossums.) Even when we don't throw out scraps, the raccoons come for the birdseed, as many other animals do.

Barbara Martin said...

I like racoons, though in Toronto they tend to raid garbage cans or bins or dumpsters. The adults can be a little aggressive when you're trying to convince them to move elsewhere. I've seen animal control be really careful around them.

The babies are always adorable with their little masks and bright shiny eyes peeking out at you.

Lana Gramlich said...

Barbara; Yeah, ultimately they're wild animals (with opposable thumbs,) & need to be respeced as such!

Phil said...

Hi Lana. You have to admire racoons for their ability to prosper and survive these days. A very successful and adaptive species that I enjoyed watching in Ontario.

V said...

the raccoons are adorable.

Lana Gramlich said...

Phil; Yes. I strongly suspect that they may replace us at the top of the food chain someday. *L*

V; Thanks! They're even cuter in person, I have to say. Photos only convey so much info, y'know?

NicoleB, Kuwait said...

I love those Racoons :D
And congrats on sighting those beautiful Buntings!
What a treat!

Lana Gramlich said...

Nicole; Thanks. :)

Punam said...

They are soooooooo cutte!!!!

Lana Gramlich said...

Punam; Aren't they, though?

eric1313 said...

Did I ever mention i love raccoons? (!)

Wonderful shots as always.

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks, eric. We love them, too. :)

Marvin said...

The raccoons definitely have you and Charles outnumbered. I hope they don't decide to mount and insurrection.

Lana Gramlich said...

Marvin; I think we have a tentative peace...so long as we put out birdseed for them to pilfer on occasion.

Christine Vyrnon said...

I love the raccoon pictures. I raised one a few years ago and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

Lana Gramlich said...

Christine; I bet that was really cool. My ex & I had an opportunity to do the same years ago, but we opted not to.

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