Suburban Wildlife

Where we can watch and relate to wildlife in a suburban backyard.
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hey, what about my breakfast!

This character reminds me early every morning to put out the bird food.

Just the Local Gossip!

Kimmie (Big Momma) dropped in to tell me how her day went while the youngsters scrambled to find something to eat.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Don't Rock the Boat!

Though Ms Skunk was a trifle agressive, the young raccoon was not backing off. In fact there were three of Kimmie's kits close by. They all ended up sharing without any real complaints. The black line on the tile gives some sense of their size - it's a foot long. Was I worried? A bit, but I had to get some photographs. Ms. Skunk seems to have become quite used to my very near presence.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Another unknown flower -

There are a few stalks of this somewhat pretty flower in the 'forgotten' area by the fence in the shade of the neighbours lilac shrubs. I have no idea what it might be called but it's too interesting a flower to get rid of. Anyone know what it might be called?

Perhaps you can tell me what it is?

It's an interesting, low growing plant that resides in a forgotten corner. I have no idea what it is.

Just a little editing fun..

A different way of looking at things. (GRIN). It's the baloon or moonflower vine in a 'different' light.

However - Tomato Futures are great!

And they seem to be early this year. And unlike last year there is no sign of blight on the plants. Yum, I am dreaming of those tomato sandwiches right now!

A few for desert

For some reason it's a poor year for the raspberries.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Meet Charley...

Out of her (Kimmies) five kits - two stand out. The most interesting is Charley. Smart, inquisitive, not in the least afraid of me, gentle, (though still a wild animal) - and loves to play tag. Charley (I'm sure thats what he said his name was), is the only raccoon I will allow this far inside the retreat. The fan is right at the door - running full blast to try and keep the temperature inside here less than 90F! As a comparison for size the grill of the fan is 20 inches across. These baby raccoons grow fast! You will probably see and hear a lot more about Charley over the next two months.

Kimmie poses with her son.

The photograph speaks for itself. Proud momma!

I think I can fix this.....

Oh yes, nothing like a little renovating. Raccoons do love to do it. In this case the weather stripping on the retreat door seemed to catch his interest.