Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Looking Up



The tallest thing in our yard is the ginkgo tree. Now that it's lost the last of its leaves, we can finally get a good look at the jumbo nest that was raided by five raucous raccoons last autumn.

To the right is a gnatcatcher, officially considered endangered, that in reality thrives along the coast and wherever horses are.

4 comments:

steven said...

golden west it always amazes me to see the amount of construction that our furry buddies have completed through the summer months!!! steven

The Weaver of Grass said...

I love the alliteration of raucous raccoons - as we don;t have them here in the UK I find them quite exciting, although I believe you often see them as pests over there.

Eryl said...

Thrilled by the idea of five raucous raccoons, though also alarmed at the damage they probably did to the nest inhabitants.

Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

I'll never forget the night my husband and I ran outside with loaded shotguns, to the clambering of terrified ducks waking me from a sound sleep...4 huge coons had broken into a totally fenced in duck pen and killed 14 ducks, leaving the others crammed in the corner crawling all over each other in fear...four coon hides hung out to dry and a friend BBQ'd the carcass', it's very tasty if cooked right!

Can't tell you how many I live trapped and moved to the refuge, such is life in the country, as we humans continue to swallow up habitat...sad, they're only doing what they need to do...survive!