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David Bythewood
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I am a dabbler. I am a creator. I am a teacher. Among my hobbies are lapidary, carving, sewing, cooking, poetry, short stories, world design, game design, roleplay, photography, graphic manipulation and creation, DJing, bump making, parody writing, remixing, recording parodies, altering and decorating hats and clothes, making walking sticks, staffs, and canes, and generally anything else that comes into my head. I cannot draw to save my life, but I love to read, I love to create, I love to reach out and touch the lives of others, and be touched in turn. I am a husband. I am a father. I am a bird owner. I am student. I am too many things for a brief paragraph to possibly communicate. So come know me, and let me know you. On KoL I am known as the DJ Prima Vera Angelhair.

Over the last couple of years my personal style has really... evolved. I've changed, and I've pushed a lot of my skills to new limits. I keep pushing them farther, learning more, and seeing just what I can do in myriad fields. I enjoy sharing what I learn with others, and hope to both take and give inspiration in the process.

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Raccoon Journal 9 - For the Birds

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 10, 2014, 5:11 PM


This raccoon journal is for Friday, July 18th.

It proved to be a busy day, with the open house two days away.  I helped lay down sand a couple of enclosures and put a new
door on another one, as well as dusting and removing cob webs and various other preparations, on top of the
usual caring for the animals and chores.

We also had quite a few arrivals.  Three baby vultures came in in two groups, two from the Illinois Raptor folks.  We also got in a young raccoon that a family had saved and raised for two weeks, a third coyote pup, and a sparrow with a bad leg.

The sparrow, sadly, did not make it, nor did a fox pup I understand we had, though I never saw it.  We've also been having problems
with various illnesses striking the raccoons this year, resulting in more stringent cleaning methods in the hopes of keeping them
from spreading between the different litters.

There will be a small mini-journal after this one for the open house, a journal for my final day there volunteering for the season, and perhaps another for a fundraiser I helped with and the bonfire that is to happen this Thursday.

We start this week with Sedona the Barn Owl.  She has been given a place in the front room where she can spend time with the staff some days, when she is not out in her enclosure or elsewhere.  She apparently had some problems with raccoons back in Washington, so reacted poorly when I had one in the room that I was comforting.



Video: Sedona
Video: Sedona and the Tap Dancer

Center Stage Sedona 1 by Windthin Center Stage Sedona 2 by Windthin
Center Stage Sedona 3 by Windthin Center Stage Sedona 4a by Windthin Center Stage Sedona 5 by Windthin
Center Stage Sedona 4 by Windthin
Heart Face 1a by Windthin Center Stage Sedona 7 by Windthin Center Stage Sedona 8 by Windthin
Heart Face 1 by Windthin
Center Stage Sedona 10 by Windthin Center Stage Sedona 11 by Windthin Center Stage Sedona 12 by Windthin
Center Stage Sedona 6 by Windthin
Center Stage Sedona 14 by Windthin Center Stage Sedona 13 by Windthin Center Stage Sedona 15 by Windthin
Center Stage Sedona 9 by Windthin Center Stage Sedona 15a by Windthin
Center Stage Sedona 18 by Windthin Center Stage Sedona 19 by Windthin
 Center Stage Sedona 13a by Windthin
Center Stage Sedona 16 by Windthin
Center Stage Sedona 17 by Windthin

As mentioned above, we had a lot of new arrivals, including a pair of fluffy young Turkey Vultures.



Also unhappy a lot of the time were the two Kestrels; despite being in a larger cage, they didn't like all of the activity around them, and were much happier to be moved outside the following week.

Video: Kestrels
Video: Flighty Kestrel
Video (seen above under Sedona): Raccoons and Kestrels and Owls, Oh My

Kestrels 2 by Windthin
Kestrels 1 by Windthin Kestrels 3 by Windthin Kestrels 3b by Windthin
Kestrels 3a by Windthin
Kestrels 5 by Windthin Kestrels 6 by Windthin Kestrels 7 by Windthin
Kestrels 4 by Windthin
Kestrels 9 by Windthin Kestrels 10 by Windthin
Kestrels 8 by Windthin
Kestrels 11 by Windthin Kestrels 12 by Windthin

The Goslings and Ducklings are all free to roam at this point, save for a wood duck that keeps to itself.

Ducklings and Goslings 1 by Windthin
Goslings 1 by Windthin Gosling in the Pond 1 by Windthin Ducklings and Goslings 2 by Windthin
Gosling in the Pond 1a by Windthin
Ducklings 1 by Windthin Ducklings 2 by Windthin
Ducklings and Goslings 2a by Windthin
Ducklings 1a by Windthin
 Ducklings 1b by Windthin
Ducklings 2a by Windthin
Ducklings 3 by Windthin Ducklings 2b by Windthin
Follow the Human by Windthin
Ducklings 3a by Windthin Ducklings 4 by Windthin
Ducklings and Goslings 3 by Windthin
Goslings at the Back Door 1 by Windthin Goslings at the Back Door 2 by Windthin
Ducklings 5 by Windthin

Stinky continues to mentor the little Screech Owl rooming with him.

Stinky by Windthin Little Gray Owl by Windthin

Hamlet the Barred Owl has gotten shy of late.

Hamlet in Shade 1 by Windthin
Hamlet in Shade 2 by Windthin Hamlet in Shade 3 by Windthin Hamlet in Shade 4 by Windthin

The young Cardinal is growing up; by the following week he'll be outside in his own enclosure.  He's tough to get pictures of while in the mesh cage, as he tends to get flighty the moment I try.

Young Cardinal 1 by Windthin Young Cardinal 2 by Windthin Young Cardinal 3 by Windthin

We also got in a young, injured Sparrow.

Injured Sparrow 1 by Windthin
Injured Sparrow 2 by Windthin

We still have plenty of Robins and Starlings.

Young Robins 1 by Windthin
Young Starling 1 by Windthin Young Starling 2a by Windthin Young Starling 2 by Windthin
Young Robins 2 by Windthin
Young Starling 3 by Windthin Young Robin 1 by Windthin
Young Starling 1a by Windthin
East Meets West 1 by Windthin East Meets West 2 by Windthin East Meets West 3 by Windthin
Young Starling 3a by Windthin
Young Robin 1a by Windthin
East Meets West 3a by Windthin
East Meets West 3b by Windthin

Most of the Mourning Doves are now outside.  They're amazingly tame, to the point that some will beg for food!



Placid Mourning Dove 3a by Windthin
Dancing Dove 1 by Windthin Dancing Dove 2 by Windthin Placid Mourning Dove 1 by Windthin
Placid Mourning Dove 4 by Windthin
Placid Mourning Dove 2 by Windthin Placid Mourning Dove 3b by Windthin
Placid Mourning Dove 3 by Windthin Placid Mourning Dove 4a by Windthin

Bob the Rooster was up to his usual antics, though we seemed to finally reach a truce after he practically
bicycle kicked me in the right kneecap.  Sadly, this was the last time I'd ever see him; he disappeared
the following Tuesday after refusing to go back into his coop for the night (apparently this happened
about once a week), and much later feathers were discovered that seemed to indicate he'd been killed
by a wild animal.  While a lot of the staff wasn't too sorry to see him go, due to his contentious
nature, I find I quite miss him.  I still wear the marks he left on me.

Chickens of Sycamore 2 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 1 by Windthin Chickens of Sycamore 1a by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 3a by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 3 by Windthin Chickens of Sycamore 4 by Windthin
Cartoonish Chicken 2 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 5 by Windthin Chickens of Sycamore 5a by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 11a by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 6 by Windthin Cartoonish Chicken 1 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 12 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 7 by Windthin Chickens of Sycamore 8 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 13 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 9 by Windthin Cartoonish Chicken 3 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 16 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 10 by Windthin Chickens of Sycamore 11 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 18 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 14a by Windthin Chickens of Sycamore 15 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 20 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 16a by Windthin Chickens of Sycamore 17 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 21 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 18a by Windthin Chickens of Sycamore 17a by Windthin Chickens of Sycamore 19 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 22 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 23 by Windthin Chickens of Sycamore 24 by Windthin Chickens of Sycamore 25 by Windthin
Bob Crows 1 by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 26 by Windthin Chickens of Sycamore 27 by Windthin
Bob Crows 1a by Windthin
Chickens of Sycamore 28 by Windthin Chickens of Sycamore 29 by Windthin

Here is a rare glimpse of some of the Rabbits we get in; they tend to be kept out ofsight, as they're difficult to rehab.

Rabbit by Windthin
A Day Out for the Baby Bunnies 1 by Windthin A Day Out for the Baby Bunnies 2 by Windthin
A Day Out for the Baby Bunnies 3 by Windthin
A Day Out for the Baby Bunnies 4 by Windthin A Day Out for the Baby Bunnies 5 by Windthin
A Day Out for the Baby Bunnies 6 by Windthin

Momma Possum and the kids are outside now; the babies tend to hide during the day, so there is only this quick pic of her.

Momma Possum by Windthin

There are three Coyote pups now, but they're still just as shy.

Coyotes From Afar 1a by Windthin Coyotes From Afar 1 by Windthin

Kept as busy as I was, I also did not see much of the Fawns.

Fawn 1 by Windthin
Fawn 1a by Windthin

I did get a rare look at the Minks though.  I found out, also, that they've been sneaking out of their enclosure for weeks; turns out they had a hole they were using to go out and hunt, but were returning because they were getting fed.  This was discovered when they were checked on and there only seemed to be two at the time.  A more thorough search revealed their secret.

A Touch of Mink 1 by Windthin A Touch of Mink 2 by Windthin

Most of the Raccoons are outside now; a handful remain inside, some ill, others just very young.  We had a new arrival show up that had been looked after for two weeks by a family after they found it nearly dead; he was in good health, but we still always advise bringing animals in as soon as possible, as good intentions can still lead to tragedy.  I also had to comfort one of the ones still inside, who has been having problems eating.

This video (posted above under Sedonda) shows him: Raccoons and Kestrels and Owls, Oh My

Young Raccoon 1 by Windthin
In Quarantine by Windthin Young Raccoons 4 by Windthin
Young Raccoon 2 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 3 by Windthin By the Scruff of the Neck 1 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 4a by Windthin
By the Scruff of the Neck 1 by Windthin Lunch Time by Windthin
Young Raccoons 3a by Windthin
Wearing His Lunch 1 by Windthin Wearing His Lunch 2 by Windthin
Wearing His Lunch 1a by Windthin
Wearing His Lunch 3 by Windthin Wearing His Lunch 4a by Windthin
Wearing His Lunch 4 by Windthin
Troubled Little One 1 by Windthin Troubled Little One 2 by Windthin
Troubled Little One 3 by Windthin
Troubled Little One 6 by Windthin A New Arrival by Windthin Troubled Little One 5 by Windthin
Troubled Little One 4 by Windthin

Had a brief visit with Vinnie.

Hello Vinnie 1 by Windthin Hello Vinnie 2 by Windthin Hello Vinnie 3 by Windthin

The two Great Horned Owls felt like stretching their wings, leading to some of the best pictures I've managed to get of them.

Video: Two Great Horned Owls

Stretching Their Wings 2a by Windthin
Two Great Horned Owls by Windthin Stretching Their Wings 1 by Windthin Stretching Their Wings 2 by Windthin
Stretching Their Wings 4a by Windthin
Stretching Their Wings 3 by Windthin Stretching Their Wings 4 by Windthin Stretching Their Wings 5 by Windthin
Stretching Their Wings 6 by Windthin
Stretching Their Wings 5 by Windthin Stretching Their Wings 8 by Windthin
Stretching Their Wings 7 by Windthin
Stretching Their Wings 9 by Windthin Stretching Their Wings 12 by Windthin
Stretching Their Wings 10 by Windthin
Stretching Their Wings 13 by Windthin Stretching Their Wings 14 by Windthin
Stretching Their Wings 11 by Windthin Stretching Their Wings 15 by Windthin

As usual, here are various pictures from around the center.

Blue Jay 1 by Windthin
Blue Jay 2 by Windthin Spreading Sand by Windthin Hitchhiker 1 by Windthin
Hitchhiker 2 by Windthin
Putting on a Door 1 by Windthin Putting on a Door 2 by Windthin Pale Purple by Windthin
Hitchhiker 2a by Windthin Odd-Eyed Dog by Windthin Cluster of Daddy Longlegs 1 by Windthin
Spider Egg Sac 1 by Windthin Spider Egg Sac 2 by Windthin Cluster of Daddy Longlegs 2 by Windthin
Spider Egg Sac 3 by Windthin Cluster of Daddy Longlegs 3 by Windthin The Barn by Windthin
Sunset over the Treetops 1 by Windthin
Sunset over the Treetops 2 by Windthin Sunset over the Treetops 3 by Windthin

Here are past journals from this year and the last one from the previous year:
Return of the Raccoon Journals
Another Week, Another Raccoon Journal
Raccoon Journal 3 - Rise of the Raccoons
Raccoon Journal 4 - Now With Mink
Raccoon Journal 5 - Bob Rules
RaccoonJournal 6 - Duck Duck Goose
Raccoon Journal 7 - July 4th Edition
Raccoon Journal 8 - Vinnie is Great

Raccoons 11 - A New Beginning

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Journal CSS made by caybeach
Brushes by gvalkyrie
  • Listening to: Ookla the Mok
  • Reading: Stuart Kamnisky
  • Watching: Space Dandy
  • Playing: Werewolf: The Apocalypse
  • Eating: Criminara Sauce
  • Drinking: Angry Orchard Apple Ginger Cider

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