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Raccoon Journal 2: Keeping Busy

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 12, 2015, 12:13 PM
This raccoon journal is for May 30th. There aren't a lot of pictures, as I was kept quite busy lifting, cleaning,
and at one point putting screens up for the new songbird enclosure.  I spent a fair amount of time just working
to fix the staple gun after it got jammed by a stray staple.  Still, there are a few nice pics here, and
a good look around the place.  Another racoon and a third fawn also arrived while I was there.

Here are just a few thumbnails from around the property first.

New Enclosures 1 by Windthin New Enclosures 1a by Windthin
New Enclosures 2 by Windthin Clover Around the Pond by Windthin Sunset at the Wildlife Rescue Center by Windthin

I did quite a bit of bird feeding, including of these young grackles.

Feeding Young Grackles 1 by Windthin
Feeding Young Grackles 2 by Windthin Feeding Young Grackles 3 by Windthin
Feeding Young Grackles 2a by Windthin
Feeding Young Grackles 4 by Windthin Feeding Young Grackles 5 by Windthin
Feeding Young Grackles 6 by Windthin
Young Grackles by Windthin

We're up to three goslings right now; the weather was rainy and cold, so we had to bring them in.

Goslings by Windthin

The young crow has the bandage off his wing and is testing it out, a good sign.

Young Crow 1 by Windthin
Young Crow 2 by Windthin

And we also have some baby robins and others in the incubators.

Baby Robins by Windthin
Tiny Little Birds by Windthin
Feeding a Baby Robin by Windthin

Only one raccoon picture this week, due to how much work I put in.

Comfort by Windthin

I did get plenty of squirrel pictures though, mostly of fox squirrels.

Young Squirrels at the Wildlife Rescue Center 1 by Windthin Young Squirrels at the Wildlife Rescue Center 1a by Windthin
Young Squirrels at the Wildlife Rescue Center 2a by Windthin
Young Squirrels at the Wildlife Rescue Center 2 by Windthin Young Squirrels at the Wildlife Rescue Center 1b by Windthin Young Squirrels at the Wildlife Rescue Center 2b by Windthin
Young Squirrels at the Wildlife Rescue Center 5a by Windthin
Young Squirrels at the Wildlife Rescue Center 3 by Windthin Young Squirrels at the Wildlife Rescue Center 4 by Windthin
Young Squirrels at the Wildlife Rescue Center 6a by Windthin
Young Squirrels at the Wildlife Rescue Center 5 by Windthin Young Squirrels at the Wildlife Rescue Center 6 by Windthin

Lastly for his week we have a couple of pictures of the two young great horned owls that are outside.

Young Great Horned Owls 1 by Windthin
Young Great Horned Owls 2 by Windthin

Here's a link to last week's journal.

Raccoon Journal 1 - Feathered Tales

And here are links to the final journals for the last two years; each of them has links to all of the journals for that year.

Raccoon Journal 11 - A New Beginning - 2013
Raccoon Journal 12 - A Late Farewell - 2014


Raccoon Journal 1: Feathered Tales

Journal Entry: Fri May 29, 2015, 4:31 AM
Here we are, now, with my first raccoon journal of 2015.  I've moved my volunteer days to Saturdays due to having a job now during the week, so journal represents my first day back on Saturday the 23rd.  It proved to be a quite eventful day, and I always marvel at everything that's changed when I get to go back again.  This journal especially features a lot of birds, hence the title.  Not to worry, though, there are still raccoons.  Before we get to the pictures, some updates from last year.  The three young vultures did quite well; all three were released, but the youngest sadly had imprinted already and returned, so has been given over to another group that does outreach with birds, to be trained to work with people.  Also, Stinky the screech owl passed away over the winter; it's generally believed he was pretty old when he came in, so at least he was found and given a good extra few years in comfort where he helped a number of young screech owls to maturity.  Also Momma Possum has her own enclosure now, and a few enclosures have been torn down while others are being erected.  As well, there's a plan to install bee gardens and a bee hive on the property.

Now to the pictures.  First up we have a baby Red-Tailed Hawk.  Note the arrow pattern on the back of his head, marking a soft spot similar to that found on human infants.  This little one will be raised and hopefully released eventually, so care is taken not to have him imprint on people.

Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 1 by Windthin
Arrowhead 1 by Windthin
Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 3 by Windthin Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 2 by Windthin Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 4 by Windthin
Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 3a by Windthin
Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 5b by Windthin Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 5 by Windthin Arrowhead 2b by Windthin
Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 5a by Windthin
Arrowhead 2 by Windthin Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 6b by Windthin Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 6 by Windthin
Arrowhead 2a by Windthin
Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 6a by Windthin

The gosling population is off to a slow start, but I am certain that will change.

Lone Gosling by Windthin

We do have a young crow with an injured wing, though.  He makes the most interesting sounds when eating, as you can see in the videos below.

Video: Hungry Young Crow 1
Video: Hungry Young Crow 2

Injured Young Crow 1 by Windthin
Injured Young Crow 2 by Windthin

There are some grackles and sparrows as well, and one sparrow that was in with the grackles being watched because they weren't certain if he was eating well proved quite a handful when he got out and got behind the refrigerator!  Early attempt to get it with poles and a net failed, and we lost sight of it, worried it had gone under or into the fridge somehow.  We had to pry away some door frame, get a dolly out and lift the fridge away, and then discovered that it had wedged itself in behind the cabinets.  Waiting for it to come out again, the first attempt to capture it once it did failed, as it went back in; I waited for it to come out again and then placed a block of styrofoam over its escape route  before getting it up onto a net and lifted away.  It flew once it was high enough, and lead us on quite a chase before it was captured and put in with the other three sparrows.   Then I had to put the fridge back; in the future we're covering the back of the fridge area with chicken wire to prevent further escapees in that direction.

Grackles and a Sparrow by Windthin
Four Baby Sparrows 1 by Windthin
Four Baby Sparrows 2 by Windthin

We also have quite a few robins, as always.  I had to hold onto one for a time, while their enclosure was cleaned out; it was the only one prone to making a break for it, and after we caught it I kept it company while my colleague cleaned up.

Feeding Baby Robins 2 by Windthin
Feeding Baby Robins 1 by Windthin Feeding Baby Robins 2a by Windthin Feeding Baby Robins 3 by Windthin
A Bird in the Hand 1 by Windthin
Feeding Baby Robins 4 by Windthin Feeding Baby Robins 3a by Windthin Feeding Baby Robins 5 by Windthin
A Bird in the Hand 2a by Windthin
A Bird in the Hand 2 by Windthin A Bird in the Hand 1a by Windthin A Bird in the Hand 4 by Windthin
A Bird in the Hand 3 by Windthin
A Bird in the Hand 5 by Windthin A Bird in the Hand 6 by Windthin A Bird in the Hand 6a by Windthin
A Bird in the Hand 4a by Windthin
A Bird in the Hand 6b by Windthin

We also have some young wood ducks, as well as one mallard in with them for the time being.  They must be looked after very carefully, kept entirely in the dark; in the wild they leap twenty to forty feet to escape their nests, built into tree hollows, and if they see any light they'll exhaust themselves trying to leap out.

Transferring Baby Wood Ducks 1 by Windthin
Transferring Baby Wood Ducks 2 by Windthin Transferring Baby Wood Ducks 2a by Windthin
Transferring Baby Wood Ducks 2b by Windthin

We also have three young great horned owls.  One is still very young and being kept inside; it has a bad eye, which we hopefully can treat so it can be released. The other two are out in an enclosure.

Little Great Horned Owl 2 by Windthin
Fluffy Blur by Windthin Little Great Horned Owl 1 by Windthin Little Great Horned Owl 3 by Windthin
Young Gray Great Horned Owl 2 by Windthin
Young Gray Great Horned Owl 1 by Windthin Young Great Horned Owls 1 by Windthin
Young Great Horned Owls 2 by Windthin

I also always love visiting with Vinnie the Turkey Vulture.  A permanent resident, Vinnie is a great bird, but a cautionary tale about doing everything possible to avoid having rescued animals get too close to people; birds especially are inclined to imprint and believe themselves to be 'human.'  Vinnie was raised at another center, and several times release attempts were made, but he always found his way back to people, often following them about and nibbling at their shoelaces.  Last year he got to be a role model to three young vultures raised at the center.

Video:  A Visit With Vinnie

Hello, Vinnie 1 by Windthin
Hello, Vinnie 1a by Windthin Hello, Vinnie 1b by Windthin Hello, Vinnie 1c by Windthin
Hello, Vinnie 1d by Windthin
Hello, Vinnie 2a by Windthin Hello, Vinnie 2b by Windthin
Hello, Vinnie 2 by Windthin
Hello, Vinnie 3 by Windthin Hello, Vinnie 3a by Windthin Peekaboo Vinnie 1a by Windthin
Peekaboo Vinnie 1 by Windthin
Hello, Vinnie 4a by Windthin Peekaboo Vinnie 1b by Windthin Hello, Vinnie 5a by Windthin
Hello, Vinnie 4 by Windthin
Hello, Vinnie 7 by Windthin Hello, Vinnie 8 by Windthin Hello, Vinnie 9 by Windthin
Hello, Vinnie 4b by Windthin
Hello, Vinnie 6 by Windthin
Hello, Vinnie 5 by Windthin

As I said before, no raccoon journal is complete without the raccoons.

New Season, New Raccoons 1 by Windthin
New Season, New Raccoons 2 by Windthin New Season, New Raccoons 2a by Windthin
New Season, New Raccoons 2b by Windthin
New Season, New Raccoons 3 by Windthin New Season, New Raccoons 4 by Windthin New Season, New Raccoons 4a by Windthin
New Season, New Raccoons 4b by Windthin
New Season, New Raccoons 4c by Windthin New Season, New Raccoons 6 by Windthin
New Season, New Raccoons 5 by Windthin
New Season, New Raccoons 7 by Windthin New Season, New Raccoons 7b by Windthin
New Season, New Raccoons 8 by Windthin
New Season, New Raccoons 9 by Windthin New Season, New Raccoons 9a by Windthin New Season, New Raccoons 11 by Windthin
New Season, New Raccoons 10 by Windthin
New Season, New Raccoons 13 by Windthin New Season, New Raccoons 14 by Windthin New Season, New Raccoons 15 by Windthin
Pocket Raccoon by Windthin
New Season, New Raccoons 16 by Windthin New Season, New Raccoons 17 by Windthin New Season, New Raccoons 18 by Windthin
New Season, New Raccoons 12 by Windthin

We also always have our fair share of squirrels.

Young Squirrels 1 by Windthin Young Squirrels 1a by Windthin Young Squirrels 2 by Windthin
Young Squirrels 4a by Windthin Young Squirrels 2a by Windthin Young Squirrels 3 by Windthin  Young Squirrels 3a by Windthin
Young Squirrels 5 by Windthin Young Squirrels 7 by Windthin Young Squirrels 6 by Windthin
Young Squirrels 4 by Windthin

There are usually a good number of rabbits also, but I don't see them as often, as they tend to be kept tucked away much of the day, and released when they're old enough, often into the meadows out back.

Baby Bunny 1 by Windthin
Baby Bunny 2 by Windthin

Lastly, here are some pictures from around the property.

Wildlife Rescue Center by Windthin
Bountful Clover by Windthin Duck and Goose Pond 1 by Windthin
Duck and Goose Pond 2 by Windthin
Gazebo Construction by Windthin Something Missing by Windthin
Sunroof Clouds 2 by Windthin
Songbird Shelter by Windthin Sunroof Clouds 1 by Windthin Buttermilk Sky 2 by Windthin
Buttermilk Sky 1 by Windthin

Here are links to the final journals for the last two years; each of them has links to all of the journals for that year.

Raccoon Journal 11 - A New Beginning - 2013
Raccoon Journal 12 - A Late Farewell - 2014



Raccoon Journal 12 - A Late Farewell

Journal Entry: Mon May 25, 2015, 1:08 AM


So, this is the long overdue final journal of my 2014 volunteer season.  Due to many factors, including the death of my old computer, I've taken quite a while getting around to this.  In fact, I have to get to work immediately after this posting the first journal of this year!

First, a few pictures from around the center.

Duck Pond by Windthin
At the Wildlife Rescue Center 1 by Windthin
Duck Pond and Barn 1 by Windthin
At the Wildlife Rescue Center 2 by Windthin
Duck Pond and Barn 2 by Windthin The Big Barn by Windthin Duck Pond and Barn 3 by Windthin
At the Wildlife Rescue Center 3 by Windthin
Hamlet's Home by Windthin

The coyote pups are as curious as ever.  Up to three from two, they'll be released in no time.

Video: Coyote Pups

Pacing Coyote Pups 1 by Windthin
Pacing Coyote Pups 2 by Windthin

The fawns show another form of curiosity, one that will no doubt leave as they become adults.

Curious Fawns 1 by Windthin
Curious Fawns 3 by Windthin Curious Fawns 1a by Windthin Curious Fawns 2 by Windthin
Curious Fawns 4 by Windthin
Curious Fawns 5 by Windthin Curious Fawns 6 by Windthin Curious Fawns 8 by Windthin
Curious Fawns 7 by Windthin
Curious Fawns 7a by Windthin Curious Fawns 8a by Windthin

The wildlife center also has many wild tenants, such as this squirrel that lives nearby,
seen here in the big tree out front.

Squirrel Fortress 1 by Windthin Squirrel Fortress 3 by Windthin Squirrel Fortress 5 by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 2 by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 6 by Windthin Squirrel Fortress 4 by Windthin Squirrel Fortress 6a by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 5a by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 10 by Windthin Squirrel Fortress 9 by Windthin Squirrel Fortress 12a by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 6b by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 12b by Windthin Squirrel Fortress 8 by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 7 by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 12 by Windthin

Animated:
Squirrelamation 2a by Windthin Squirrelamation 1 by Windthin Squirrelamation 2b by Windthin
Squirrelamation 2 by Windthin

A thirteen-lined ground squirrel was a more recent temporary resident.

Video: Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel
Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel 1 by Windthin Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel 2 by Windthin

Momma Possum is a permanent resident now, with her babies released.
She is blind and deaf, and therefore remarkably docile.

Momma Possum 1a by Windthin
Momma Possum 2 by Windthin Momma Possum 1 by Windthin
Momma Possum 3 by Windthin
Momma Possum 4 by Windthin Momma Possum 5 by Windthin

Another resident is Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk.

Video: Young Eragon
Video: Young Eragon 2

Young Eragon 1 by Windthin Young Eragon 2 by Windthin Young Eragon 3a by Windthin
Young Eragon 3 by Windthin
Young Eragon 4a by Windthin Young Eragon 5 by Windthin Young Eragon 5a by Windthin
Young Eragon 4 by Windthin

Here is another red-tailed hawk that will be released eventually.
Young Red-Tailed Hawk by Windthin

There are always animals in need of aid, such as this kestrel that is being fed.

Hand-feeding a Kestrel by Windthin

Vinnie the Turkey Vulture is one of their oldest residents.

Video: Visiting Vinnie

A Last Visit with Vinnie 1 by Windthin
A Last Visit with Vinnie 1b by Windthin A Last Visit with Vinnie 1b by Windthin A Last Visit with Vinnie 2 by Windthin
A Last Visit with Vinnie 2a by Windthin

And of course, no raccoon journal is complete without the raccoons!

Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 1 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 2 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 3a by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 3 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 5 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 4 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 7 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 6 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 8a by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 8b by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 9 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 8 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 11 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 11a by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 12 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 10 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 13 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 14 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 15 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 15a by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 16 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 17 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 18 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 16a by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 19 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 20 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 21 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 21a by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 22 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 21b by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 23 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 22a by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 24 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 25 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 26 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 26a by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 27 by Windthin

And, finally, some other tidbits from around the center.

Seed Cluster by Windthin
Green Berries by Windthin
Changing Flowers 1 by Windthin
Streams of White Flowers 1 by Windthin Streams of White Flowers 2 by Windthin Streams of White Flowers 3 by Windthin
Wild Grapes 1 by Windthin
Wild Grapes 1a by Windthin Wild Grapes 2 by Windthin Wild Grapes 3 by Windthin
Wild Grapes 2a by Windthin
Climbing Vines on Tower by Windthin Wild Grapes 3a by Windthin Small Moth 1 by Windthin
Changing Flowers 2 by Windthin
Small Moth 2 by Windthin Hoveflies by Windthin Hoverfly 1 by Windthin
Hoverfly 1a by Windthin
Hoverfly 1b by Windthin Hoverfly 2 by Windthin Hoverfly 2a by Windthin
Hoverfly 2b by Windthin
Hoverfly 3 by Windthin Hoverfly 3a by Windthin Hoverfly 4 by Windthin
Hoverfly 3b by Windthin
Hoverfly 5 by Windthin Hoverfly 6 by Windthin Hoverfly 7 by Windthin
Hoverfly 6a by Windthin
Hoverfly 8 by Windthin Hoverfly 9 by Windthin Hoverfly 10 by Windthin
Hoverfly 4a by Windthin
Hoverfly 11 by Windthin
Hoverfly 7a by Windthin
Hoverfly 9a by Windthin
Hoverfly 10a by Windthin
Hoverfly 11a by Windthin
Hoverfly 12 by Windthin

Here are past weeks' journals:
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
Raccoon Journal 6 - Duck Duck Goose
Raccoon Journal 7 - July 4th Edition
Raccoon Journal 8 - Vinnie is Great!
Raccoon Journal 9 - For the Birds
Raccoon Journal 9.5 - Open House
Raccoon Journal 10 - Three-Legs and Friends
Raccoon Journal 10.5 - Culver's
Raccoon Journal 11 - Party Time

Here is a link to the last journal from last year, with links in it to all others that year:
Raccoons 11 - A New Beginning

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Journal CSS made by caybeach
Brushes by gvalkyrie

Raccoon Journal 11 - Party Time

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 16, 2015, 10:39 AM


Pictures from this week were taken during the big end of the season party for the staff at our county wildlife rescue center.  It includes some pictures from around the center taken before the part.

Here we all are at the party.  I made an owl cake:
Owl Layer Cake by Windthin

And we roasted marshmallows on the bonfire:
Roasting Marshmallows (to Music)

Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 1 by Windthin
Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 4 by Windthin Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 2 by Windthin Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 3 by Windthin
Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 5 by Windthin
Random Raccoon Check by Windthin
Wildlife Rescue Center Staff 1 by Windthin
Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 2 by Windthin Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 7 by Windthin The Barn at Night by Windthin
Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 9 by Windthin Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 8 by Windthin Roasting Marshmallow 1 by Windthin
Sunset at the Wildlife Rescue Center 3 by Windthin Bonfire at the Wildlife Rescue Center 1 by Windthin Bonfire at the Wildlife Rescue Center 2 by Windthin
Bonfire at the Wildlife Rescue Center 3 by Windthin

The goslings and most of the ducklings have been released by now, but a few still remain.
The Last Ducklings 1 by Windthin
The Last Ducklings 2 by Windthin The Last Ducklings 3 by Windthin The Last Ducklings 4 by Windthin

There are also always birds around, attracted by the feeders.
Blue Jays 1 by Windthin
Blue Jay 1 by Windthin Blue Jays 3 by Windthin Blue Jays 2 by Windthin
Blue Jay 2 by Windthin
Blue Jay 3 by Windthin
Blue Jay 4 by Windthin
Blue Jay 5 by Windthin
Blue Jay 6 by Windthin Mourning Dove and Sparrow by Windthin Mourning Dove by Windthin

Even this late in the season, we have babies to attend to, like this young squirrel.

Feeding a Baby Squirrel 2 by Windthin
Feeding a Baby Squirrel 1 by Windthin Ball of Squirrel 2 by Windthin Ball of Squirrel 1 by Windthin
Ball of Squirrel 3 by Windthin

Here's a brief glimpse of the possum babies at sleep.
Possum Toes by Windthin

And there are always the raccoons.
What's Up Down There? by Windthin
What's Up Down There? by Windthin Young Raccoons 1 by Windthin Oh, Hello! by Windthin
Oh, Hello! by Windthin
Young Raccoons 2 by Windthin Young Raccoons 3 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 4 by Windthin Young Raccoons 5 by Windthin Young Raccoons 6 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 7 by Windthin Young Raccoons 8 by Windthin Young Raccoons 9 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 10 by Windthin Three Legs and Friends 1 by Windthin Young Raccoons 12 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 12 by Windthin Young Raccoons 11 by Windthin Three Legs and Friends 3 by Windthin
Three Legs and Me by Windthin
Three Legs and Friends 2 by Windthin
Three Legs and Friends 4 by Windthin
Feeding Time for Young Raccoons 2a by Windthin
Feeding Time for Young Raccoons 2 by Windthin Feeding Time for Young Raccoons 1 by Windthin Feeding Time for Young Raccoons 3 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 13 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 13a by Windthin Young Raccoons 14 by Windthin

We also had a special visitor, a young, blonde-tailed raccoon that hung about the center all day,

Blonde Raccoon Rascal 1a by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 1 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 2 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 3 by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 5b by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 4 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 5 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 5a by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 7 by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 6 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 8 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 9 by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 10 by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 11 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 12 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 13 by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 15a by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 14 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 15 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 16 by Windthin
Peek-a-boo by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 17 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 18 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 19 by Windthin
Hanging Around by Windthin

I of course had to have another visit with Vinnie.

Last Visit with Vinnie 1 by Windthin
Last Visit with Vinnie 1a by Windthin Last Visit with Vinnie 1b by Windthin Last Visit with Vinnie 1c by Windthin

Last Visit with Vinnie 1c by Windthin
Last Visit with Vinnie 1d by Windthin Last Visit with Vinnie 1e by Windthin Last Visit with Vinnie 1f by Windthin
Last Visit with Vinnie 2 by Windthin Last Visit with Vinnie 3 by Windthin Last Visit with Vinnie 3a by Windthin

And a talk with Hamlet.


I watched Stinky get a meal.
Dinner with Stinky by Windthin

And the release of the two great horned owls out in the paddock.



Young Great Horned Owls 4 by Windthin
Young Great Horned Owls 1 by Windthin Young Great Horned Owls 2 by Windthin Young Great Horned Owls 3 by Windthin
Young Great Horned Owls 5 by Windthin
The Raptor Paddock by Windthin Young Great Horned Owls 6 by Windthin Young Great Horned Owls 7 by Windthin
Young Great Horned Owls 8 by Windthin
Freedom for Owls 1 by Windthin Freedom for Owls 2 by Windthin
Freedom for Owls 3 by Windthin Freedom for Owls 3a by Windthin

And met their newest arrival.
Dinner for the Baby Owl 1a by Windthin
Dinner for the Baby Owl 1 by Windthin

Finally, here are some pictures of the center itself.

The Goose Pond and Barn by Windthin The Goose Meadow by Windthin Down to the Coyote Paddock by Windthin
Walnut Trees 1 by Windthin Walnut Trees 1a by Windthin Walnut Trees 2 by Windthin
Walnut Trees 2a by Windthin Walnut Fruits 1 by Windthin Walnut Fruits 1a by Windthin
Sunset at the Wildlife Rescue Center 1 by Windthin Sunset at the Wildlife Rescue Center 2 by Windthin

Here are past weeks' journals:
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
Raccoon Journal 6 - Duck Duck Goose
Raccoon Journal 7 - July 4th Edition
Raccoon Journal 8 - Vinnie is Great!
Raccoon Journal 9 - For the Birds
Raccoon Journal 9.5 - Open House
Raccoon Journal 10 - Three-Legs and Friends
Raccoon Journal 10.5 - Culver's

Here is a link to the last journal from last year, with links in it to all others that year:
Raccoons 11 - A New Beginning

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Journal CSS made by caybeach
Brushes by gvalkyrie

Blue Star Orb Part 1

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 29, 2015, 2:40 AM


I am having a lot of fun with this; it's supposed to be some sort of LED Christmas decoration with three settings and a battery pack.  I got it on sale after Christmas, and everybody I show it to admits it's awesome.  I have plans to turn it into a crystal ball by adding a base and holder.

Here is some video, a number of animations, and set of self-portraits and pictures of our birds featuring it.



Blue Star Orb Animation 1 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb Animation 1a by Windthin Blue Star Orb Animation 2a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb Animation 2 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb Animation 3 by Windthin Blue Star Orb Animation 4 by Windthin Blue Star Orb Animation 4a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb Animation 5 by Windthin Rainbow Star Orb Animation by Windthin
Blue Star Orb Animated Avatar by Windthin Rainbow Star Orb Animated Avatar by Windthin

Blue Star Orb 1 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 1a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 1b by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 2 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 2a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 3 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 3a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 3b by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 4 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 4a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 5 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 5a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 6 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 6a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 6b by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 7 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 7a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 8 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 8a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 9 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 9a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 9b by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 9c by Windthin
Blue Jimmy 1 by Windthin
Blue Jimmy 1a by Windthin
Stargazer by Windthin
Blue Jimmy 3 by Windthin
Blue Jimmy 4 by Windthin
Blue Jimmy 5 by Windthin
Blue Jimmy 6 by Windthin
Blue Jimmy 7 by Windthin
Vinnie in Blue 1 by Windthin
Vinnie in Blue 2 by Windthin
Vinnie in Blue 3 by Windthin
Vinnie in Blue 4 by Windthin
Vinnie in Blue 5 by Windthin
Maui in Blue 1 by Windthin
Maui in Blue 1a by Windthin
Maui in Blue 2 by Windthin
Maui in Blue 3 by Windthin
Maui in Blue 4 by Windthin

Winter's End

Mon Jan 5, 2015, 6:56 PM
November was bitter cold, December eerily warm, and neither brought much snow.  But now the land is blanketed in white, and as true winter arrives, so our Winter leaves.

Winter was a great big white and gray English budgie, or parakeet.  She was great all around, a real personality, strong and smart and full of personality.  She has been ailing for some time now, and we've been taking very special care of her as a result.  One foot had stopped working, and she had clear neurological problems; she no longer could climb around properly, so we had her in a small cage of her own in among the other birds, where they can still visit her.  We took her out for regular 'with' time, and opened it up so the flock could visit her.  Clark especially was her defender and protector, feeding her, preening her.  He loved her, more than we did even.

We will never forget our Winter.

Winter by Windthin
Winter Night by Windthin
Upside-Dandy and Winter by Windthin
Budgie Trio by Windthin
Bruce and Winter 4 by Windthin
Winter and Sparks 2 by Windthin
Winter 1 by Windthin
THE BIG WHITE BUDGIE! by Windthin
Rachel and Winter 2 by Windthin
Outside Looking In 4 by Windthin
Parakeets in Silhouette by Windthin
Sparks and Winter by Windthin
Dandy and Winter by Windthin
Beautiful Budgie by Windthin
Kaleidoscope Winter 2 by Windthin
Sleepy Winter 1 by Windthin
Winter and Dandy by Windthin
Winter Night with Luna 3 by Windthin
Winter Night with Jimmy 1 by Windthin
Winter Night 10 by Windthin
Winter Night 13 by Windthin
Winter Night 15 by Windthin
Winter Night 16 by Windthin
Luna and the Englishes by Windthin
Orange Cheeks 2 by Windthin
Yellow Head 1 by Windthin
Winter White 1 by Windthin
Winter White 2 by Windthin
Winter and Jimmy 1 by Windthin

Winter in Dusk 2 by Windthin
White and Gray by Windthin
Bruce and Winter 1 by Windthin
Winter and Bruce by Windthin
Rachel and the Three 1 by Windthin
Rachel and the Three 7 by Windthin
Rachel and the Three 9a by Windthin
Rachel and the Three 12 by Windthin
Clark and Winter Preening Eachother 1 by Windthin
Clark and Winter Preening Eachother 3a by Windthin
Clark and Winter Preening Eachother 4b by Windthin
Winter Closeup by Windthin
Winter at Play 1 by Windthin
Winter at Play 2 by Windthin
Luna and Winter 1 by Windthin
Winter by Windthin
The Flock 2 by Windthin
Winter, Clark, and Jimmy by Windthin
Winter, Clark, and Jimmy 3 by Windthin
Winter Sucks Her Toes 2 by Windthin
Winter at Play 1 by Windthin


Snowbound

Sun Jan 4, 2015, 6:39 AM
I've been waiting all winter for us to get enough snow to take these pictures.  It's an idea I had way back in October, but was unable to bring to fruition until recently, due to the quite odd weather we've had; we haven't had any real measurable snowfall until now in January, despite bitter cold winter-like temperatures through much of November.

I am both model and photographer here, though I required aid from my wife getting some of the shots once things were set up.  The sheet I used to wrap most of myself in is actually tied in place using the classical method used for Middle Eastern shemaghs (or keffiyehs) and on display as well are my Storm Goggles.  The most difficult part about this was working while barely able to see, due to the cloth covering my face, and all wrapped up with the sheet and rope.  The cloth is actually folded thrice and held in place with a small cap, the goggles, and the sheet.



  • Listening to: 3 Daft Monkeys
  • Reading: Stuart Kamnisky
  • Watching: The Librarians
  • Playing: Kingdom of Loathing
  • Eating: Yogurt

Naval Blue

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 21, 2014, 6:02 AM


I arranged the pictures using my Canon Powershot G12 and a color-exclusion filter with a tolerance feature and designed the items worn.  This was one of the last times I wore my first set of steampunk boots, before replacing them finally.  This was a fun photo-shoot; the day we took these, we ran into a large group of Asian exchange students, from whom I heard comments such as "so cool" as they were passing by.  Taken mid-July, 2014.

Here are the items worn in these photos:
Steampunk Storm Goggles by Windthin Navy Trooper Hat with Blue Leather and Copper Band by Windthin Steampunk Boot-Cut Blue'n'Brass Corded Jeans by Windthin Sunburst Gear Gloves by Windthin Makeshift Steampunk Armband Tutorial by Windthin Steampunk Pocket Compass 3 by Windthin WIP - Steampunk Brass-Fitted Boots Part 4 by Windthin Silver Bracelet Watch Mark II by Windthin

Here is a trio of animations based on them:
I Love You Animation 1 by Windthin
I Love You Animation 2 by Windthin I Love You Animation 3 by Windthin

And here is the photo set:
Naval Blue 1 by Windthin
Naval Blue 4a by Windthin Naval Blue 2 by Windthin Naval Blue 4 by Windthin
Naval Blue 3 by Windthin
Naval Blue 7 by Windthin Naval Blue 5 by Windthin Naval Blue 6 by Windthin
Naval Blue 8 by Windthin
Naval Blue 9 by Windthin Naval Blue 11 by Windthin Naval Blue 14 by Windthin
Naval Blue 10 by Windthin
Naval Blue 12a by Windthin Naval Blue 13 by Windthin Naval Blue 15 by Windthin
Naval Blue 12 by Windthin
Naval Blue 16 by Windthin Naval Blue 18a by Windthin Naval Blue 18b by Windthin
Naval Blue 15a by Windthin Naval Blue 19a by Windthin
Naval Blue 19 by Windthin Naval Blue 18 by Windthin Naval Blue 20 by Windthin
Naval Blue 21 by Windthin
Naval Blue 19b by Windthin Naval Blue 21a by Windthin Naval Blue 22 by Windthin
 Naval Blue 23 by Windthin
Naval Blue 23a by Windthin Naval Blue 24 by Windthin Naval Blue 24a by Windthin
Naval Blue 27 by Windthin
Naval Blue 25 by Windthin Naval Blue 26 by Windthin Naval Blue 26a by Windthin
Naval Blue 31 by Windthin
Naval Blue 27a by Windthin Naval Blue 28 by Windthin Naval Blue 28a by Windthin
Naval Blue 33 by Windthin
Naval Blue 29 by Windthin Naval Blue 33a by Windthin Naval Blue 30 by Windthin
Naval Blue 34 by Windthin
Naval Blue 31a by Windthin Naval Blue 32 by Windthin Naval Blue 32a by Windthin
Naval Blue 36 by Windthin
Naval Blue 35 by Windthin Naval Blue 37 by Windthin Naval Blue 38 by Windthin
Naval Blue 39 by Windthin
Naval Blue 40a by Windthin Naval Blue 39a by Windthin Naval Blue 41 by Windthin
Naval Blue 40 by Windthin
Naval Blue 41a by Windthin Naval Blue 42 by Windthin Naval Blue 44 by Windthin
Naval Blue 43 by Windthin
Naval Blue 45 by Windthin Naval Blue 45a by Windthin Naval Blue 46 by Windthin
Naval Blue 43a by Windthin
Naval Blue 46a by Windthin Naval Blue 48a by Windthin Naval Blue 47a by Windthin
Naval Blue 45b by Windthin
Naval Blue 48b by Windthin Naval Blue 49 by Windthin Naval Blue 49a by Windthin
Naval Blue 47 by Windthin
Naval Blue 50 by Windthin Naval Blue 51 by Windthin Naval Blue 52 by Windthin
Naval Blue 48 by Windthin
Naval Blue 52a by Windthin Naval Blue 53 by Windthin Naval Blue 53a by Windthin
Naval Blue 50a by Windthin Naval Blue 51a by Windthin
 Naval Blue 56 by Windthin Naval Blue 54 by Windthin Naval Blue 55 by Windthin
Naval Blue 57 by Windthin
Naval Blue 57a by Windthin Naval Blue 58a by Windthin Naval Blue 57b by Windthin
Naval Blue 58 by Windthin


  • Listening to: Running Wild - Pirate Song
  • Reading: Stuart Kamnisky
  • Watching: White Collar
  • Playing: Kingdom of Loathing

Rachel in Violet and Blue

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 20, 2014, 2:21 AM
Here is a fun series of photos I took this past July, using a special filter in my new Canon Powershot G12 camera.  It removes all color except the one you focus and lock on; you can adjust the tolerance to allow a broader array of hues, as seen in this series featuring my wife, Rachel.

Rachel in Violet and Blue 1 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 2 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 4 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 3 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 5 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 6 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 7 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 8 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 9 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 11 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 10 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 12 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 13 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 14 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 16a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 17 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 17a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 15 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 18a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 19 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 16 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 20 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 20a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 21a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 16b by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 22 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 22a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 18 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 23a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 21 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 23b by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 23c by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 23 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 27 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 29a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 24 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 28 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 29 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 25 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 30 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 30a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 30b by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 26 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 31a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 31b by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 31 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 32a by Windthin  Rachel in Violet and Blue 33a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 32 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 33b by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 33c by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 33 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 34 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 34a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 33d by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 36a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 35a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 36b by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 35 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 37a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 36 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 38 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 38a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 37 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 40a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 41 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 42 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 39 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 42a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 43 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 44 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 40 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 45 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 46 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 46a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 44a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 47a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 45a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 47b by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 48 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 48a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 47 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 49 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 50 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 51a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 51 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 52 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 53 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 54a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 54 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 55 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 56 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 54b by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 57 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 57a by Windthin
Dancing Rachel in Violet and Blue Animation 1 by Windthin
Dancing Rachel in Violet and Blue Animation 2 by Windthin

  • Listening to: Classic Rock
  • Reading: Stuart Kamnisky
  • Watching: White Collar
  • Playing: Vampire: The Masquerade

Raccoon Journal 10.5 - Culver's

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 9, 2014, 12:35 AM


I had thought this would be my last journal of the year; Culver's has a program where volunteers for an organization can come and serve folks for several hours, and 10% of the profits from that time go to that organization.  So our county wildlife rescue center went out to help out, while Stinky, Vinnie, Hamlet, and their chaperones were outside for customers to meet and learn about.

All taken 8-7-14.

Service in Serving 1 by Windthin
Service in Serving 2 by Windthin

Stinky.

Stinky at Culver's 1 by Windthin
Stinky at Culver's 2 by Windthin
Stinky at Culver's 1a by Windthin
Stinky at Culver's 1b by Windthin
Stinky at Culver's 2 by Windthin
Stinky at Culver's 2a by Windthin
Stinky at Culver's 2b by Windthin

Hamlet.

Hamlet at Culver's 1 by Windthin
Hamlet at Culver's 2 by Windthin

Vinnie.

Vinnie at Culver's 1 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 2 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 2a by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 2b by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 3 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 3a by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 3b by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 4 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 4a by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 5 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 6 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 7 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 7c by Windthin Vinnie at Culver's 7b by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 7c by Windthin Vinnie at Culver's 7d by Windthin