Friday, June 18, 2010

Camera Critter #115

I had another visitor at my bird feeder a couple of night's ago. She really took me by surprise. I was reading and noticing some movement, looked up expecting to see a squirrel and there she was. I think my mouth dropped open just before I rushed for my camera, which thankfully I always keep on the back of the chair near the open patio door. I am again shooting through a mesh screen.

I have been spotted! She looks very familiar to me. Her coloring is a lot lighter than the usual raccoon and I am almost certain she is the same one who stopped by briefly last year, only this time she is a mum and is obviously feeding a litter.

Even though she knows I am only a short distance away, she is wary but determined to check out another feeder hanging at the opposite end of the deck.

I watch her as she climbs up the framework....

and climbs along the top....

determined in her steps....

and stops.

The other feeder I have is squirrel proof and surprisingly, raccoon proof. She didn't make much of an effort to get it down like last year which had been no problem. She had grabbed it with her paw and just yanked it off by shaking the hanger along until it dropped off the beam. I did have it hanging off another hanger this time, which made it lower and probably a lot harder to reach.

Here she is looking at my planter but I don't think anything struck her as been that tasty.

After a while she gave up and backtracked, looking at me as she ambled along. I watched as she climbed down to practically eye-level and ran off the deck and down the steps. I closed the door after that as she was only a couple of feet away. Somehow I don't think a mesh screen for a hungry raccoon would be any effort to break through, and I have heard of these kind of home invasions before. The thought of chasing a raccoon around the house did not appeal, as much as I love them. I haven't seen her since but am hoping that she might bring her babies back sometime.


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45 comments:

  1. Awww,she's sweet !
    I know it's really not the smart thing to do, encouraging Raccoon's to hang around since they can carry rabies and not show signs of it themselves, but heck...who can resist that cuteness ?
    Awesome pictures Denise !

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  2. Really cute! I wonder if that cat you saw the other night could have been complaining at the raccoon?

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  3. u lived a special moment, Denise...
    U are a luck woman
    congrats


    graceolsson.com/blog

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  4. She is adorable and fun to watch but I've heard raccoon stories too and would be careful. Your photos are amazing, especially through a screen.

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  5. This post definitely made my day.:-) I completely enjoyed every photo that you posted. Raccoon so close to your home; it is amazing! How cute it is! Wonderful and interesting post, indeed!

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  6. someone who enjoys your natural space as much as you do great sandy

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  7. Lovely photo's Denise and to have taken them through the mesh was hardly noticeable.I have only ever seen one raccoon,I think they are cute.

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  8. Hello dear Denise!
    ohmigod, she is so smart, isn't she?
    How lucky you are to have such an adorable visitor!My mommy Léia is always enchanted by these raccoons, she has a dream to meet one of them face to face someday!I think she needs to go to your city ! :)
    Great sequence of pictures, I love it!
    Have a nice Sunday
    purrs and always love
    your fan
    Luna - We love Luna

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  9. Denise,
    Wonderful series of your new furry friend. I think you were wise to shut the door. You are right, who can resist that face!!!!

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  10. Those little darlings. Is anything cuter than that little mask?

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  11. That was a treat. Great pictures. I hope she does bring those kiddies so we can see them.

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  12. So exciting, capturing in lens must have been a terrific feeling. Hope it comes back with its kitties.

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  13. A wonderful photo essay Denise!
    We had a couple young ones a couple of weeks ago. Haven't seen them since either.
    I do hope she brings you babies to see.

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  14. Those are incredible shots!!! What a joy for us visitors today. Thanks for the invite and I appreciated your comment you left for me.

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  15. Just wonderful, I hope she brings her babies too and I'll be first in the queue. Bet you were buzzed up after taking all those fab pics

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  16. I want to have a lovely guest like her...

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  17. There was this little place on Long Island I used to rent and every evening *THUD* the local raccoon would land on my roof from the big oak tree out back, gallop across the length of the house, then shimmy down the little holly tree by the front picture window. Sometimes I'd lie still on the sofa in the twilight and wait for her to come by. How do I know it's a "her"? Well, once summer, she brought two kits along! So, they are creatures of habit, and it is very likely that if this momma is in the habit of visiting your yard, she'll bring the children along one night. Lucky you :)

    Tink *~*~*

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  18. What an outstanding post! I would love to have a visitor like her!

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  19. Fantastic shots. We have alot of raccoons out here as well but I've never been able to get a shot. Very well done.

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  20. How fabulous! Great sequence of photos, Denise, and I think I agree with you - sweet though she is, she's better off OUTside ;-)

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  21. Ah---You are nicer than I would be... I don't want those critters in or around my bird feeders... Of course, Raccoons usually just come out at nights --and I bring the feeders inside at nights...

    Hope you have a great Father's Day weekend.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  22. Wow, you really captured the coon's progress! That's exciting to see.

    And you can even see the mama's teats.

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  23. WOW, GOOD THING YOU WERE READY FOR THIS, GREAT SHOTS FOR SURE!

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  24. wow1 you are so lucky to see a Racoon that close!

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  25. She is a pretty little thing Denise and was definitely keeping an eye on you. I do hope you get to see her babies. A x

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  26. You captured some amazing photos of the racoon at your feeder.

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  27. A very cute visitor well shot.

    Darryl and Ruth : )

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  28. They are so clever, aren't they! She does have interesting coloring, almost like an oppossum!

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  29. Those photos are just great. How cool to have a raccoon on visit! =)

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  30. They are a little TOO clever! Many years ago, my aunt was feeding the raccoons on her back deck, until they started rattling then trying to dismantle the screen door to get in! ~karen

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  31. Very nice, I would mind a racoon visiting some of my feeders. It must have been a fun time watching her.

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  32. Hi Sweetie!!! I really should stop more often but I think of you even more than that! Hope you're doing well and that this hungry mom doesn't steal the kitchen sink!!!

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  33. What an adorable raccoon! Great shots, too, even through the mesh screen!

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  34. Denise-what great pictures you got! Good that you could let her have the bird seed since she's raising babies!

    Junie

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  35. You always have different sort of visitors and they're wonderful. You got the fantastic shot of them, it;s very cute,

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  36. Your photos are a series of cuteness shots. She is adorable. Lucky you for having your camera ready.

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  37. I have never seen a racoon free, only in a zoo ! How exciting to see it so near ! You should put some food out for her, so that she can feed her babies !

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  38. What an exciting encounter, Denise.

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  39. Hi Denise,
    I enjoyed your photo story. Isn't it fun following a critter around with your camera, catching its antics?

    Great shots and commentary!

    Thanks for your comment on my CC post.

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  40. What wonderful pictures of the raccoon! And we thought squirrls raiding our feeders was bad. -grin-

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  41. brilliantly illustrated account of your racoon encounter!!

    woof woof
    bozo
    Pet Pride

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  42. Raccoons are so cute. Too bad they get into so much trouble!

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  43. She's a cute one! Isn't it odd how there are variations and some are much cuter than others. :)

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  44. Thank you my dear blogging friends, I loved reading all your comments

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