Monday, July 23, 2012
I live three houses off a connecting highway. Its not uncommon to see road kill almost everyday. I live very near the river, so I see a family of raccoons on the road pretty often. On the evening of one such morning, a little, no very tiny, raccoon appeared on the front deck. He could barely climb the footer post to crawl up. He came to eat the left over peanut butter bread that I leave for the squirrels. At first, he would come about 7 at night (still very light outside). He would eat a bit then curl up in a corner for a nap. A few hours later he would wake up and eat a little more. He got used to hearing my Critter Voice and is not scared of me, though Terry startles him. Junior watches him...even waits for him to come every night. We were feeling so sorry for him because he was so tiny. This picture was taken about 2 weeks after he started coming. ( see the stickers all over his head? After a few days they were gone). We named him Rocky. He must sleep under our deck because about 9 PM or so I call his name and he'll come up to eat.
A couple of days ago, he started to bring a friend that is just a little older and bigger than him. We call him Ricky. Now, later in the night (after the bread is gone) Randy appears. Sometimes Roger comes too.
I know, I know, they are a nuisance. I'll be sorry. But honestly I am only putting enough out for the orphan who shares it with his friend. The others may get the crumbs. Living near the river, we have always had wildlife coming to the yard. This is nothing new. It keeps life interesting.
Most of the country has been unbelievably hot, as we are too. And we are in drought conditions. My Chippys are too hot to pop. They spend a lot of time laying around on the feeder....on a tree branch...on the cement blocks that trim off my front garden. We make sure there is plenty of water in the front bird baths for them. Yes, they steal the birdseed, but that is life at the feeders. Its all good!
Have you ever seen a Tree Frog? Well we have lots of them in the back yard. This little guy was sleeping on the front deck banister. I put the penny next to him so you can see how small he is. Tree Frogs change color to camouflage themselves. The banister wood is weathered grey. Little Frog is grey too, but you can see his green in the folds of his skin. He slept there all day.
There has been lots going on around here...normal life stuff...lots of drama...I took a few days off to just be alone and quiet. I'll let you know how that works out ~lol~.