Friday, May 29, 2009

Walk on the Wild Side

Last night, we left our box turtle watching to go on our walk. A bit down our block, we watched a raccoon run across the neighbors’ yard and disappear into their backyard. We continued on to the next block and saw a mother raccoon staring at us. We stopped and then saw four young ones and another adult raccoon. Do the math: that makes SIX raccoons in this one yard! The four little ones were in a tree. One of the adults turned and ran; and then the others followed suit.

Just another family out for some exercise on a pleasant evening.

For the past three days, I have seen raccoons out in the daytime in or near our neighborhood. I have been told that those out in the daytime are usually mothers feeding young.

Further along on this same walk, we watched a red-shouldered hawk pounce on something in a yard, but seemed to come up empty.

Dragonflies were out by the dozen. As we approached home, the fireflies were starting to twinkle, too.

Some neighbors were talking in the road about a half mile from our house. One man had killed a three-foot moccasin in his back yard this week. So it may be another snake year at out house, too.

This evening we saw a fox trotting down the road.

I love where we live. I love seeing so much wildlife, even if six raccoons is a bit much!