Her winter coat is almost gone - and she looks pretty awful, but is in good health and as sweet as ever. I'm beginning to think she may be a lot older than I thought. I first made friends with her in 2008, but I think she may have been around at least two years before that. She will still sit up and take a tea biscuit from my hand, but I still can't say for sure if she is expecting, or has had her kits already. If she starts coming by during the day it will probably indicate she is nursing a brood. She is a real little lady - even her year-old kits are twice her size!
I was just giving some treats to Jasper and Alex when I saw the little skunk about eight feet away. And this time she did not run away. I finally got a photograph. Now with a little more patience I might see all the critters sharing dinner.
I had a new visitor last night. A very big, healthy, male raccoon. He was extremely wary of me and it took almost two hours of hide and seek, (and feeding little bits of kibble) - before I was able to grab a couple of photos. By now he might be somewhat used to me, and may become more trusting. However if the friendly female regulars are raising any kits nearby they may drive him away - in spite of his size. If he returns we will have to find a name. Suggestions always welcome!
I’m waiting to see if the little skunk becomes a regular before giving him or her a name.
The bleeding heart is the first thing up around here. The raccoons are more or less regular in their visits, though I have not seen Chloe for the past ten days. That may mean she is taking care of a new family. Time will tell. Same with Kimmie. The little skunk has returned, but is still extremely shy. I still hope I can get a picture of the little critter.