A Furry Little Visitor

We’ve had a little furry visitor hanging around the wildlife viewing area lately.  I went over to the other side of the building this evening to put a letter in the out-going box, and some late visitors were eagerly watching something out the window.  It was our little raccoon.  He was quite thirsty, drinking steadily at the pond.

Until the noise and movement on our side of the window became too distracting, that is.

Retreat!  Find safety!

Safety was only a short distance away in the vegetation.

The coast was clear, and thirst won out, so after only a few minutes in hiding, he was back at the pond.

Something in the air smells good!

A frog jumped into the water.  Perhaps there’s another one – I’ll just feel around a bit to see if I can find anything to eat.

No such luck, but, man, something on the air smells intriguing!  I can almost taste it!

Ah ha!  Bird seed…that must be it!

If I can just…figure out…how to get up there…past this slippery silver thing…

Mr. Squirrel wasn’t very happy about all this.  Darn kids!  Stealing my food!

Meanwhile, back on the ground:  Man, the seed is pretty well picked over here.

I guess I’ll have to go find something else to eat.

We may find the adult raccoons to be pests, destroying our feeders and eating the seed, but one has to admit, the babies are quite cute.


About Dahlem Center

The Dahlem Center is a non-profit nature center/environmental education center located on almost 300 acres just south of the city of Jackson, Michigan. The Center is one arm of the Dahlem Conservancy, which includes land conservancy and stewardship in its mission.
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One Response to A Furry Little Visitor

  1. Wonderful series of photos! We used to have up to a dozen Raccoons in our Sartoga backyard on summer nights, but rabies wiped out most of the county’s Raccoons some years back and we haven’t seen one since. Your photos brought back memories of their antics.

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