Wednesday, July 28, 2021

A Raccoon Morning

I opened the shade in the kitchen before sunrise, getting ready to make our morning tea and toast. I startled this little cutie on our derelict neighbor's roof. It looked at me like it couldn't believe its eyes. I wondered if it was the first time it had ever come out from the attic, or the first time it had ever seen a light turned on and a human staring at it.

It stayed around long enough for me to go find the camera and click a few pics. Then I went to get Roger and have him come into the kitchen and look out the window at our new little furry friend

We waved and said hello. It stared and stared. I moved on with my morning routine, and the next time I looked it was gone. 

I was hoping to see it again Tuesday morning, but it wasn't there. I hope the furry family of raccoons are fine in our neighbor's attic. I told my brother the other day they really do make good neighbors. They don't bark, play loud music, or party late into the night. So we don't mind the little poops they leave on the fence as they make their way on their nightly journeys. 

So, meet our good morning neighbor!

36 comments:

  1. such a darling! They are so smart- it allowed you to see it in full day light because it knows that you are not going to hurt it. They know these things.

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    1. Linda Sue-- It was such a little cutie. I was so happy that it was there where I could see it.

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  2. I have excellent human neighbours - at least they don't climb up on their roof at the crack of dawn to watch me making toast. Nice to meet your furry friend.

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    1. John-- You made us laugh out loud. Thank you for that.

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  3. Greetings to you raccoon from our squirrel, regular morning visitor in the hazel bush outside the kitchen window.

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    1. Sabine-- I will remember to shout your squirrel's greeting to our raccoon neighbor!

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  4. Aww, what a cutie. Finally something entertaining from your derelict neighbor.

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    1. Patti-- Yes, finally something entertaining. It continues to surprise us that the owners do nothing. So, the raccoons have a lovely home to themselves. Maybe one of them will go downstairs and learn how to play the piano!

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  5. Morning Robin, the raccoon is very cute but please be careful. Their poop is rather dangerous to humans and they can be very destructive. Sorry to be a party poop but we had some dealings with them at one of our homes and it wasn’t pretty.
    Have a good day!
    Robin

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    1. Robin-- The house next door has been vacant for more than a decade. It's a lovely home that the raccoons have moved into. They only live in the attic, at least that's how it was when I was given a key to go inside to check on damage. None in the house at all. I'm sure they've wrecked the attic. They made a hole in the roof. That's how we knew they were there, and why we finally got in touch with the owners a year ago. The owners have done nothing but put a blue plastic tarp over the holes in the roof. Now the tarp has holes. Oh well, c'est la vie.

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  6. Lovely neighbor! It is occurring to me that you have made eye contact or had close contact with a wider variety of animals and birds than anyone I know, along with having a camera handy. It seems they are drawn to you and Roger in the many places you have lived and walked.

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    1. am-- I hadn't thought about it before, but it's true we have made eye contact with lots of animals. We love wildlife and are always calm and glad to see them... even skunks!

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  7. Destructive they may be, but still cute!

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    1. Barbara-- Yes, that's my feeling as well. I wouldn't let them live in my attic, but they sure are cute in our neighbor's.

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  8. we had a racoon try and get into our locked trash can one night. it could never get the top off but it dragged from its place by the side of the garage over to the driveway. we didn't see the culprit but it had to have been a racoon.

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    1. ellen-- I've always been surprised by how smart wildlife can be. Their hunt for food is pretty impressive.

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  9. They're probably not doing your neighbor's house any favors, but they ARE cute.

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    1. Steve-- I'm sure that attic must be one stinky filthy mess of a place. When we went inside once last year there was no sign of them in the rest of the house. That may no longer be true. Oh well.

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  10. Cute photo!
    It must be destroying that house though. Hopefully, it will stay on their side of the fence!

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    1. EllenD-- We haven't seen any sign of them here in our yard, except when we first moved in six years ago. That night there was a bit of a skirmish between a raccoon and a skunk. The skunk sprayed and the fight was over. Our yard stunk so bad it was horrible. We haven't seen a raccoon in our yard since then. And this is the first year a skunk hasn't built a little den for its babies under our yard tool shed.

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  11. We3ll I have to admit you do have a very cute neighbor

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    1. Billy-- We're very fond of him and hope to see him again soon.

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  12. I had to show Judy and now I've had a complete run-through of her memory of the baby raccoons and rabbits and whatever her brother's pet Chow dog brought home (alive) from the woods. That was the Indiana of her youth.

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    1. Catalyst-- I'm so glad the photo inspired Judy's memory of all those cute little critters.

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  13. The raccoons around here party in the night. They steal bird feeders filled with seed and pull out tomato plants. You're fortunate to have such well-behaved ones. Good photo.

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    1. Ally Bean-- You do remind me of the problems we had with raccoons when we were living in the Sierra foothills and had bird-feeders. Yes, it was an ongoing battle. Also the bears liked to get the birdseed too. I'm sure the raccoons here are pilfering lots of yummy things all around our suburban neighborhood. That explains the open garbage cans and garbage strewn about on garbage day.

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  14. They engineer the knocking-over of trash cans:

    Ricker, rocker.
    Ricker, ricker, rocker.
    Ricker, ricker, rocker, rocker.
    Rick - KERASH!

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  15. I know they are a bit of a nuisance, just like possums in Australia, but I can't help but think it was their territory before the multitude of humans took over the world. They are making the best of the situation I guess. And they are gorgeous.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- I totally agree with you. We humans really need to learn how to share this planet with all the other animals who also live here. And yes, raccoons are gorgeous.

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  16. Very interesting to read about your racoon and all the comments have given me a little more knowledge about them. I suppose that our squirrels and foxes are the closest urban wildlife that we see. We regularly get foxes in the garden, mainly at night, caught by the trail camera! Rats, mice and squirrels are also around. Our dog is a schnauzer, bred as a ratter, but has only ever caught one rat in the garden. He was bemused at what he had done I think. Once it was nearly dead he just stood and looked at it as it twitched !

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    1. Frances-- We have foxes here as well. Our neighbor has photographed them looking in her glass sider backdoor. Rats and mice can be such a bummer. I tend to have a "Live and let live" attitude about them, except when they show up in our house. We've tried "have a heart trap" but it doesn't always work.

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  17. I'm intrigued that the house next door to you continues to stand empty and deteriorate as a result. I wish they'd rent it cheap to someone in need of shelter.

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    1. 37paddington-- We wish for the same thing. I had been in touch with the owner, but gave up a while ago. They're just going to let this very beautiful house fall apart. It's so sad.

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  18. The little guys are cute, all right. They can be kind of nasty. I hate to think of what your neighbor's attic looks like. I don't know whether they chew on wires; I certainly hope not.

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    1. Mark-- I'm pretty sure the house has no electricity or running water. So, I don't think chewing on wires will cause any problems. I can't imagine what that attic looks like these day. ugh.

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