3586 I want up there SO bad! (39 of 1)

I admit it…I eavesdropped on another animal conversation, or perhaps I just imagined it. So I’ll translate what was “said”, or use my mind reading abilities as best I can.

In this first photo, I just missed capturing a picture of the little guys lips moving. Let’s begin reviewing the conversation..

“What’s up there? What is it? I smell peanuts, I’m sure of it…HEY! Don’t pretend you can’t see me down here.”

3522 I bet I could climb up this (39 of 1)

“Well that just does it. I’m coming up, I’m going to find a way up there and then we’ll just see what you’re hogging for yourself.”

3548 Want some help shorty? (39 of 1)

The bigger raccoon finally had something to say.

“Don’t you come up here, there’s nothing up here. I’m just tidying up this bowl thingy, it looked dirty.”

3526 Well look at you, trying to climb up here like a big boy (39 of 1)

“Well, if it’s just dirty, why do I smell peanuts on your breath?”

3549 You can do it! Grab my paw. (39 of 1)

Big raccoon started to get aggravated. “I smell like peanuts because I just ate a peanut flavored breath mint. Now get back down there!”

3528 Oooh, I'm slipping! (39 of 1)

The little raccoon begged to differ. “I just saw peanut shells stuck to your nose, I AM coming up!” As you can see, the big bandit was trying to impede his progress.

3536 Now be careful, you push me out! (39 of 1)

A little snarling was followed by ungraciousness. “You only think you made it up here, anything can happen.”

3540 Watch out for that first step (39 of 1)

Two seconds later, the big raccoon spoke right to me.  “I did NOT push him off, he slipped.”

I didn’t buy this version of events, right after making such a ludicrous statement, the big raccoon smiled at me and stuck a peanut in it’s mouth.



DSC_1993 loving baby raccoon_edited-1

“Mom! Mom! Can I hug you? I want to hug you!”

Today I  met the babies that mama raccoon has been hiding. They came out from under the deck, one at a time and this was the first one to arrive.


"I love you SOOOO much Mom!"
“I love you SOOOO much Mom!”


Look at that little tongue…she probably spends a lot of time keeping the little one know how kids are.
Look at that little tongue…she probably spends a lot of time keeping the little one know how kids are.



I put some sunflower seeds out on the deck for the little raccoon that dragged itself up from the woods about four days ago to find food. It’s been living under the deck since then…but we usually have one of them take up residence there until it’s babies are born and ready to go out with mama. Tonight this one entertained the dog and the cat for at least an hour…they’re so brave when there’s a thick pane of glass between them and “The Claws”.

Watermark The snowy raccoon 2 (1 of 1)

Watermark The snowy raccoon 1 (1 of 1)

Watermark The snowy raccoon 3 (1 of 1)

The little path it’s following is the one I’ve kept cleared so that I can get to the bird feeding spot…The path is gone this morning.