The Little Raccoon

It has been exactly four years, today. One of my neighbors said, she has a raccoon family sitting in the tree of her alley. The day she mentioned them, I couldn’t make it over to her house. And later it would have been too dark. The next day I asked her, if she has the raccoon family still climbing that tree. She said, that Momma Raccoon and two of her babies are gone. But for some reason, she left one behind. If it still sits there by itself by Monday (following day), she will call wildlife rescue and ask what the deal is, and if they gonna take care of the youngster.

In the meantime I used the opportunity to capture some photos of the little raccoon, before I had to go to work. When I arrived in the alley, the young raccoon took a little nap on the tree. But it woke up, when my camera made shutter noises. It was a cool and wet October day. The wind blew strong, and it drizzled. I know, that wildlife is taking good care of itself. But I fell sorry for the little guy/gal up there.

I don’t know, what the outcome was for the little critter. But I hope, he/she got back to Momma or into safe care. ❤

Wild Berry Farm In Sadler, Texas

Kevin, the girls and I drove to the Wild Berry Farm in Sadler, this afternoon. When we arrived, we paid our entry fee and entered the farm. Katelynn and Sara went down the slide, before we went on the hayride. Kevin grabbed some fish food, and on the ride we went down to the pond. At the pond, we stopped for feeding the catfish. These were some big fish. But they also get fed very well by farm visitors throughout the day. The farmer said: “By the end of the day, the catfish might have a belly ache! ;)” We all hopped back on the wagon and rode back to the farm house.

After the hayride, we walked through the wild berry fields to get to the Pumpkin Patch and the Sunflower Maze. There were some beautiful pumpkins sitting in the field. In the Sunflower Maze, the Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, Admirals, all sorts of bees and bugs fluttered and flew from one sunflower to the other. It was fun to watch them. Katelynn and Sara were fascinated by the different kind and sizes of bees.

Walking back through the berry fields, Katelynn was leading us through the Corn Maze. A cool fact about the Corn Maze on the Wild Berry Farm: When you put a drone up in the air, you can see that the maze is grown in the shape of the Texas Lone Star Flag. Katelynn did very good walking us through the maze. And it was fun!

Katelynn and Sara enjoyed looking at the farm animals. There were some chicken, goats and sheep on the farm. Some chicken were scratching a hole in the ground. I guess, they tried to find some bugs or tried to get to cooler soil on this warm day. The other chicken were happily clucking and walking around. The goats nibbled some grass, and the sheep were busy eating in their barn.

Seeing the whole farm, the girls wanted to play in the “Rat Rollers”, then went down the slide several more times, and played some “Football”. Before we left the farm, I picked up a jar of Pumpkin Butter. I’ve never had any. But I want to try it. It was a beautiful, sunny day. And we enjoyed our visit at the Wild Berry Farm. My goal is to drive up there and pick some fresh berries next Spring, early Summer.

Young Bobcats At The Colony Nature Trail

A couple of years ago, I did some bird watching on a local trail. On my way walking back I wanted to see, if I can a better look at those little chickadees. When I stepped of the trail, something jumped into the bushes. Hmm, that was bigger than a squirrel or a rabbit?! I tried to see what it was. There was this little bobcat. First I thought it was a cat. But shortly later it dawned on me. This little one just laid in the foliage and enjoyed the warming rays of the sun. It’s sibling was shy; the one that jumped further back into the bushes. After years of waiting to capture a bobcat on camera, I’ve got rewarded with two kittens. ❤

My guess: Since they were really close to the houses in our community, their den must have been flooded due to the high water levels of Lewisville Lake in 2015. I always kept an eye out for Momma Bobcat. And I really didn’t want to run into her. She must have been hunting for lunch, while she left the kittens under the safer shrubs. One of the kittens decided to come out and bask in the sun. And that’s how I almost stumbled over them.

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I discovered this little bobcat kitten at The Colony Nature Trail a couple of years ago.

Blue Jays Love Peanuts

At this morning I re-filled the bird feeders, again. Since the blue jays and Mr. Squirrel love peanuts, I always put some in the slinky feeder. Well, it didn’t take long until one of the blue jays landed on top of the dog house to see, how it can get one of those peanuts out of the slinky.  Seconds later the jay jumped up, pulled a peanut out and flew with it to higher grounds. He/She had to work a little bit, before it could get that peanut. The shelled nut didn’t come out of the slinky so easily. But since blue jays love challenges, it seemed to be a ‘fun game’ for the bird.

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The blue jay hangs on to the slinky for dear life, to pull a peanut out of it.

Sneaky, Little Critter

While I uploaded pictures on my laptop, I noticed some movement from the corner of my eye, outside the window. Mr. Squirrel came over for breakfast. Since the blue jays ate all the peanuts, I put for them in a coat hanger/slinky feeder, the squirrel ran up the other branch and tried to climb down on the bird feeder from above. What a sneaky, little guy! I don’t know, if he got a snack. When Mr. Squirrel saw my dog, which was behind the patio door, he ‘froze’ for a moment, before he jumped into the other tree to watch everything from a safe distance.

Now, Joshua, one of my Mainecoon cats, sits on the roof of the dog house and pretends to be on guard duty. In reality he looks for a fresh bird snack. 😀

Bullies Get What They Deserve

As beautiful and handsome Mr. Cardinal is, he also is a bully! I watched him before, and this morning I watched him, again. The plate and space can’t be big enough, but he still has to peck on Mr. Sparrow. “It’s all mine! Go away, Sparrow”, Mr. Cardinal insisted by pecking and flying all over the other bird. Mr. Sparrow had enough and flew up in the tree. But the ladies didn’t take Mr. Cardinal’s bullying lightly, and flew down one after the other to the feeder. Yeah, he didn’t like the fact that five female house sparrows stood up against him. So, he flew off himself.