Three raccoons on the deck last night…
Here they are in July:
I believe a raccoon was living in our chimney last year around this time. Every night for weeks, it would climb up the drainpipe and across the roof over my bed. I encouraged it to leave by pounding on the grate with a wrench, and then we cleaned and capped the chimney. So, this breeding season, it has moved to the annex just outside the fence – a tree which snapped in half.
Here are a couple of pictures of the mother. We saw the kits (at least 3) for the first time yesterday evening – no good pictures yet.
At the same time next door, Toby was going crazy. I actually was able to take his picture in a less frenzied moment.
Cooper joined us for Thanksgiving. He is Bruce and Connie’s new dog – a rescue dog, mixed breed, about 5 years old. He is allergic to most foods. No table scraps allowed. He sat quietly under the table during dinner and did not beg. He was a pretty good dog in my book – he didn’t bark, and he was not too hyperactive.
We got the second light snow of the week overnight – enough to close schools, but not enough to keep the rest of the employees home. As I was warming up the car this morning, and taking some pictures, Toby came out to do some business. I called his name and he came tearing towards me – barking like crazy! I was laughing so hard. Rita was hollering for him to come back – and eventually, he did. He is such a ferocious sissy dog. It made my morning.
I took a hundred or so pictures of hummingbirds while I was in Colorado. You can check out more pictures on my Flickr site.