Where we can watch and relate to wildlife in a suburban backyard.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
The two I refer to as the 'twins'. These are the two very tiny but scrappy little raccoons that suddenly appeared outside the Retreat last summer - without a mom! Later they joined a slightly older group of youngsters that appeared almost very night. Oddly enough, though much smaller than the others they were accepted as part of the group. The smallest one (on the right in this photo) was actually very dominant of the whole gang. the small one is also the most inquisitive and seems to be quite willing to become friends with me. (And so far ONLY me). The other larger chappie is actually quite timid.I have no idea of their sex. Time to give them names, I think.
I think this is the mother raccoon I met just over a year ago. She has been visiting the Retreat almost every day this year. Lady is still very cautious, but will take treats from my hand now. Hopefully she will show off her new kits as soon as they are able to go out.
We have moved - and in the process of unpacking. What a job. The 'Retreat' has been relocated though it will be some time before the cameras are ready and running. Nights are still cold, but the last few days have been sunny and reasonably warm. There are lots of birds returning to th area - including at least one very big hawk. Milady is sure she saw what may have been a wolf just the other evening. No sign of any raccoons yet, though I'm told they are around. Yes to the chipmunks, but I have not seen any squirrels yet.
Up just before dawn, and what do I see? I arrived at the new house the night before to check out things before renovations started. Snow I was not expecting, though,of course, it was no surprise. The beauty and the fresh air was!
I'm surrounded by boxes! In less than a month the Retreat will be moving to it's new loation. I can only wonder what creatures may come to visit. We will be far away from traffic noise, low flying aircraft and heavy freight trains. It's bound to be quite an experience. Hopefully both still and video cameras will be set up and running in short order. ATB!
The proposed move to the north country has been put on hold until next spring. This photo is about where the 'Retreat' will be relocated - hopefully by early next May. The main house is just out of sight off to the right. The small river is straight ahead and just in view. It should be a great spot to watch all sorts of critters. (Including bears - i'm not sure I'm too keen on them). Grin.
Gizmo is ever alert and ready to scram for home. I must move very slowly and quietly. This has to be the smallest groundhog I have ever seen. But I'm happy he seems to call my backyard home. Being a vegetarian he has a taste for the bird food I put out.
Now I know who was making all the noise under the retreat. It was not a young skunk, but this little groundhog. Though very shy, he (or she) keeps coming back. Yes, I call him (or her) Gizmo. I have no idea why that name seemed to stick - it just did.
Though things were late in starting,the new blooms are doing great. We are still getting ready for our big move. I hope to be able to show you the great place that will be the new home for Rusty's Retreat - deep in the Laurentians, with a small river within feet of the front door.