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Tom Mahady at Cornfest 2014

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 19, 2014, 3:46 PM
A picture of artist Tom Mahady in front of some of his works, showcased at The House Cafe during Cornfest 2014.

Here is more of Tom's work: Tom Mahady at OnThePlanetArt.com.

Tom Mahady at Cornfest 2014 - 1 by Windthin

Tom Mahady at Cornfest 2014 - 1b by Windthin  Tom Mahady at Cornfest 2014 - 1c by Windthin

Tom Mahady at Cornfest 2014 - 2a by Windthin

Tom Mahady at Cornfest 2014 - 2 by Windthin  Tom Mahady at Cornfest 2014 - 2b by Windthin  Tom Mahady at Cornfest 2014 - 2c by Windthin


  • Listening to: Weird Al Yankovic
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Raccoon Journals 9.5 - Open House

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 13, 2014, 5:17 AM


This is quite late in coming; computer woes had us down for a while, but I am back with a newish computer and able to finish up my raccoon journals for the year at last.

This edition was set on July 20th, at their Sunday Open House.  It includes the showcasing of some of the permanent residents, a brief reveal of the newly arrived baby vultures, and the groundbreaking for their new eagle enclosure.

Here we have a baby Turkey Vulture.

Cotton Ball? by Windthin Fluffy Baby Turkey Vulture 2 by Windthin
Fluffy Baby Turkey Vulture 1 by Windthin

Stinky the Screech Owl was quite the sight, and enjoyed a lot of attention, often with his friend Rob.

Rob and Stinky 1 by Windthin
What's Up There? 1 by Windthin What's Up There? 2a by Windthin
What's Up There? 2 by Windthin
Stinky 2 by Windthin Stinky 2a by Windthin Stinky 1 by Windthin
Gather Around by Windthin
Rob and Stinky 2 by Windthin
Stinky 3 by Windthin

The Kestrels kept to themselves largely.

Kestrel in a Cage by Windthin

But the Fawns were quite curious about all of their visitors.

Fenced In Fawns 1a by Windthin
Fenced In Fawns 1 by Windthin Fenced In Fawns 1b by Windthin Fenced In Fawns 2 by Windthin
Fenced In Fawns 3a by Windthin
Fenced In Fawns 3c by Windthin Fenced In Fawns 3 by Windthin Fenced In Fawns 4 by Windthin
Fenced In Fawns 3b by Windthin

Momma Possum tried to hide out for much of the day, but was brought out for a bit.  Blind and mostly deaf, she had little trouble with the crowds.

Hiding by Windthin
A Strange Dog 1 by Windthin
A Strange Dog 2 by Windthin

The Ducklings stayed in for the most part, as did the more injured Goslings, though the five healthy ones were set free to roam in the meadow to the right of the main center.

Young Ducks by Windthin
Fence Me In 2 by Windthin Injured Geese by Windthin Goslings Grazing by Windthin
Fence Me In 1 by Windthin
Fence Me In 2a by Windthin Fence Me In 4 by Windthin Fence Me In 5 by Windthin
Fence Me In 1 by Windthin
Fence Me In 3 by Windthin
Fence Me In 5a by Windthin

They broke ground for the new eagle enclosure they intend to build.  There was a big ceremony, complete with several children in eagle costumes.  No actual eagles yet.

Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 1 by Windthin
Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 2 by Windthin Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 3 by Windthin Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 5 by Windthin
Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 4 by Windthin
Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 7 by Windthin Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 8 by Windthin Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 9 by Windthin
Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 6 by Windthin
Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 10 by Windthin Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 13 by Windthin
Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 11 by Windthin
Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 14 by Windthin Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 15 by Windthin
Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 12 by Windthin
Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 17 by Windthin Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 16 by Windthin
Eagle Enclosure Groundbreaking 18 by Windthin

Sedona the Barn Owl takes a bow.

Sedona Takes a Bow by Windthin

Here are a couple of pictures of folks just gathered about.

Open House 1 by Windthin
Open House 2 by Windthin

Squirrels were everywhere it seems, both in enclosures and wild.

Young Gray Squirrels by Windthin
Young Gray Squirrel by Windthin Young Fox Squirrels by Windthin
Gray Squirrel 1 by Windthin
Gray Squirrel 2 by Windthin Gray Squirrel 2a by Windthin Gray Squirrel 4 by Windthin
Gray Squirrel 3 by Windthin
Gray Squirrel 5 by Windthin Gray Squirrel 6 by Windthin A Squirrel in the Tree... by Windthin
A Squirrel in the Tree... by Windthin

And Bob's Hens were about also, though Bob was sadly absent.

Hens 2 by Windthin
Hens 1 by Windthin Hens 4 by Windthin Hens 5 by Windthin
Hens 3 by Windthin
Hens 4a by Windthin Hens 5a by Windthin
Hens 6 by Windthin Hens 5b by Windthin Hen 1 by Windthin
Hen 2 by Windthin

The Minks also made an appearance.  Amusingly, not long after it was discovered that they'd been leaving their enclosure via a tunnel they'd discovered, but going back because they knew they could get food there.

Baby Mink 1 by Windthin
Baby Mink 2 by Windthin
Baby Mink 2a by Windthin Baby Mink 3a by Windthin
Baby Mink 3 by Windthin

Here is a brief glimpse of the Cardinal.

Cardinal by Windthin

Visitors got to see the noon feeding of the few Raccoons still indoors.

Feeding Raccoons 1 by Windthin
Feeding Raccoons 2 by Windthin

One of the supporters takes in abandoned domestic animals; dogs, cats, birds, and more.  She had a pair of young birds with her she was looking after, too young to be left alone for long, a finch and a budgie.



Baby Budgie 1a by Windthin
Baby Budgie 1 by Windthin Baby Budgie 2 by Windthin
Baby Finch by Windthin

Another big event was the naming of the young Red-Tailed Hawk that would become a permanent resident due to a bad leg and wing.  Voting was done via contributions, and the name which won was Eragon.

Video: Young Red-Tailed Hawk 1
Video: Young Red-Tailed Hawk 2

Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 1 by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2 by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2a by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2b by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2c by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2d by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 3 by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 3a by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 3b by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 4d by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 4b by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 4e by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 4c by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 4 by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 4a 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
Raccoon Journal 9 - For the Birds

Raccoons 11 - A New Beginning

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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
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RIP WIP

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 9, 2014, 2:58 PM

My boots are dead.  Oh, they are still wearable for a few pictures, but they no longer fulfill their primary function as boots.  I am not overly sorrowful about this though.  I shall explain why.


The boots began as a lark; I saw them at the thrift store for ten dollars.  I pointed out how several of the plastic fasteners the laces were supposed to go through were ripped from their moorings and only there because of the laces and they kindly marked them down to five bucks for me.  Five dollars for a pair of boots I intended to tinker with was a real steal, especially given how much I've truly gotten out of them.


That was over a year ago now.  The first thing I did was rip out all of the original plastic loops, including the two big hooks at the top,  I replaced them with brass picture hangers, of all things, after looking around for something that would do the job for me.  They were held in place with brass brads; at first I tried them as intended, with the heads out, but they kept coming loose.  Finally, I turned them around and wrapped the ends down under the fixtures, and these proved quite sturdy and interesting to look at.  I also originally put smaller brads in the holes in the hooks at the top, but those swiftly came out, so I never bothered to replace them.  I then removed the Spalding labels from the tongues, planning eventually to replace them with some logo of my own.  I never got around to it, but that's okay.


Next, I got some liquid brass and painted the formations at the toes and the indentions on the heels, which seemed tailor-made for this.  The paint job wound up faded and scuffed away sooner than I preferred, but enough remained to give them a nice, worn look, and in the future I will know to be more patient and add more layers of both the paint and the sealant.  Lastly, I wanted brass tips.  I thought abouit trying to make my own, but was able to find some on Amazon.com for quite reasonable prices, and even found a set of toe and heel tips that matched.  The problem was, they were made for conventional boots, and these didn't have a conventional edge between the soles and bottoms.  I solved this with nails and wire, working the wire through the loop at the base of the laces and around the nails on either side.  Eventually, the loops meant to hold the tips on came off, or rather one did and I removed the others.  I had a chronic problem with the nails on the sides getting lost, and the thinner copper wire breaking, but I eventually replaced the former with nails put through from the INSIDE and bent around, while with the latter I doubled and tripled it up, weaving it around itself to make it sturdy and aesthetically pleasing.


In the end, though, having finally gotten them the way I wanted, save for perhaps those logos I still wanted to put on, the boots gave out.  They'd been giving me problems for some months, as the heels disintegrated and cracks appeared in the soles and sides, but I'd been patching them up.  I tried silicone and tape and insoles, but in the end they began to cause me pain, particularly in my right ankle and knee, and that is when I had to admit that this constant work in progress had run its course.


I see them now as a training tool; my next set of boots will be a sturdier pair, and I will know what to do and not to do with them, having experimented with so many possibilities on these cheap ones.  I should even be able to reuse many of the same fixtures, though I have a feeling I may need new toe tips.  That's alright, though; I already have a plan for something even more intricate and interesting.


To see the boots as they progressed, look below.  I have no pictures of how they looked originally, nor in their final incarnation (yet), but for the most part you can get the jist here.  I guarantee the next set will be even better.


WIP - Brass Boots by Windthin

WIP - Brass Boots Part 2 by Windthin

WIP - Steampunk Brass-Fitted Boots Part 3 by Windthin

WIP - Steampunk Brass-Fitted Boots Part 4 by Windthin

WIP - Steampunk Brass-Fitted Boots Part 4.5 by Windthin


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  • Drinking: Angry Orchard Apple Ginger Cider

Raccoon Journal 8 - Vinnie is Great!

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 1, 2014, 3:50 AM


Running very late with journals right now; this one is from July 11th!

Still, I am getting pics up, and the season is over.  I saw some amazing things, and some tragic ones.
There were many lovely animals who came in and did not make it, sadly, but many, many more who did,
and who will eventually return to the wild.

The sunburn babies sadly both passed away finally.  The second one really seemed to be doing well,
but crashed on us suddenly.  It was such a shame, but sometimes all you can do is try.

Here is the week in pictures and video.

Let's start out with the one, the only, Bob, and his lovely ladies.


Bob Closeup Animation

Video: Bob in Charge
Video: Dramatic Rooster
Video: Seeing Red

Bob and Friend by Windthin
Up We Go! by Windthin Bob Beside Me 1 by Windthin Bob Beside Me 1a by Windthin
Bob Beside Me 2 by Windthin
Bob Beside Me 3 by Windthin Bob Beside Me 4 by Windthin Bob Beside Me 5 by Windthin
Bob Beside Me 6 by Windthin
Brown Chicken Feathers by Windthin Bob and Friends 1 by Windthin Bob and Friends 1a by Windthin
Bob vs My Leg by Windthin
Bob's Babes 1 by Windthin Bob's Babes 2a by Windthin
Bob's Babes 2 by Windthin
Bob's Babes 3 by Windthin Bob's Closeup by Windthin
Bob's Babes 5b by Windthin
Bob From Above by Windthin Bob's Babes 4 by Windthin
Proud Bob 1 by Windthin
Bob's Babes 5 by Windthin Bob's Babes 5a by Windthin Bob's Babes 7 by Windthin
Bob's Babes 6 by Windthin
Undercover Rooster 1 by Windthin Bob's Closeup 2a by Windthin
Proud Bob 2 by Windthin
Undercover Rooster 2 by Windthin Bob's Closeup 2b by Windthin
Bob's Closeup 2 by Windthin
Undercover Rooster 3 by Windthin Undercover Rooster 3a by Windthin
Bob's Babes 8 by Windthin

As I noted above, the sunburn babies have sadly passed on. Most of the young Raccoons have moved outside by now,
but a handful are still inside, and we still get some new arrivals in.  We've also had some problems with a few
mysterious illnesses that have been pretty bad for those who caught them, but extra cleaning steps it is
believed are helping to prevent further spreading.



Hanging Around With Friends 1 by Windthin
Hanging Around With Friends 2 by Windthin Hanging Around With Friends 3 by Windthin Hanging Around With Friends 4 by Windthin
Hanging Around With Friends 5 by Windthin
Spot the Raccoons by Windthin Hanging Around With Friends 6 by Windthin Hanging Around With Friends 7 by Windthin
Hanging Around With Friends 7a by Windthin
Hanging Around With Friends 10 by Windthin Hanging Around With Friends 9 by Windthin Topsy-Turvy Raccoon 1 by Windthin
Hanging Around With Friends 8 by Windthin
Hanging Around With Friends 12 by Windthin Topsy-Turvy Raccoon 2 by Windthin Hanging Around With Friends 13 by Windthin
Hanging Around With Friends 11 by Windthin
Hanging Around With Friends 13a by Windthin Topsy-Turvy Raccoon 3 by Windthin Lazing About 1 by Windthin
Topsy-Turvy Raccoon 4 by Windthin
Lazing About 1a by Windthin Shhh, We're Hiding by Windthin Lazing About 1b by Windthin
Topsy-Turvy Raccoon 5 by Windthin
The Littlest Raccoon 1 by Windthin The Littlest Raccoon 2 by Windthin
The Littlest Raccoon 4 by Windthin
Hanging Around With Friends 13b by Windthin The Littlest Raccoon 3 by Windthin
The Littlest Raccoon 6a by Windthin
The Littlest Raccoon 5 by Windthin The Littlest Raccoon 6 by Windthin The Littlest Raccoon 7 by Windthin

The Ducklings and Goslings are doing quite well.  The younger ducklings are partially outside now,
and there are no geese inside at present.  We've stabilized with two groups of goslings, after the loss
of a few older and injured ones.


Splashing Ducklings Animation


Herding the Ducklings in for the Night Animation

Video: Flock of Five
Video: Splashing Ducklings

Goslings Behind Bars by Windthin
Ducks and Geese and Other Birds by Windthin Ducks and Geese 1 by Windthin Little Ducks by Windthin
Lots of Ducklings by Windthin
Happy Goslings 1 by Windthin Duckling 1 by Windthin Duckling 2 by Windthin
Duckling 2a by Windthin
Ducks and Geese 2 by Windthin Ducks and Geese 2a by Windthin Two Young Goslings 1 by Windthin
Young Gosling by Windthin
Two Young Goslings 2 by Windthin Ducks and Geese 3 by Windthin Two Young Goslings 3 by Windthin
Ducklings 1 by Windthin
Bottoms Up 3a by Windthin Bottoms Up 4 by Windthin Bottoms Up 4a by Windthin
Bottoms Up 2 by Windthin
Bottoms Up 5a by Windthin Ducklings 2 by Windthin Lone Gosling 1 by Windthin
Bottoms Up 1 by Windthin
Lone Gosling 1a by Windthin Goslings Behind Bars 2 by Windthin Goslings Behind Bars 2a by Windthin
Bottoms Up 3 by Windthin
Ducklings 3 by Windthin Ducks and Geese 4 by Windthin Ducklings 4 by Windthin
Bottoms Up 5 by Windthin
Lone Gosling 2 by Windthin Ducklings 6 by Windthin Lone Gosling 3 by Windthin
 Lone Gosling 2a by Windthin
Ducklings 7 by Windthin Ducklings 8 by Windthin
Happy Goslings 2 by Windthin
Geese and Raccoons by Windthin

The Coyotes remain as standoffish as ever.
Video: Bouncy Young Coyote

Silly Coyote Pup 1 by Windthin Silly Coyote Pup 2 by Windthin Silly Coyote Pup 3 by Windthin
Silly Coyote Pup 4 by Windthin Silly Coyote Pup 5 by Windthin
Silly Coyote Pup 6 by Windthin Silly Coyote Pup 7 by Windthin

The Fawn meadow has grown pretty dense, giving the four fawns plenty of hiding places.

Fawn in Hiding 2 by Windthin
Fawn in Hiding 1 by Windthin Fawn in Hiding 4a by Windthin Fawn in Hiding 5 by Windthin
Fawn in Hiding 3 by Windthin
Fawn in Hiding 5a by Windthin Fawn in Hiding 5b by Windthin Curious Fawns 2 by Windthin
Fawn in Hiding 4 by Windthin
Fawns in the Meadow 1 by Windthin Fawns in the Meadow 1a by Windthin Fawns in the Meadow 2 by Windthin
Curious Fawns 1 by Windthin
Fawns in the Meadow 3 by Windthin Fawns in the Meadow 4 by Windthin
Spot the Fawns by Windthin
Fawns in the Meadow 5b by Windthin Fawns in the Meadow 5 by Windthin
Fawns in the Meadow 5a by Windthin

There was an interesting story this week with the Possum family; one of them escaped!
Apparently this has actually not been too uncommon; the little ones regularly make a break for it.
The one that got away was found once we knew to look for it, under a table.
It was the brave one, that one that always bares its teeth at people.

Video: Possum Family
Video: Possum Family... Minus One

Momma Possum and Hiding Babies 1 by Windthin
Momma Possum and Hiding Babies 2 by Windthin Momma Possum and Baby by Windthin Exploring Little Possums 3 by Windthin
Exploring Little Possums 2 by Windthin


Exploring Little Possums 1 by Windthin
Exploring Little Possums 6 by Windthin Exploring Little Possums 7 by Windthin Together Again by Windthin
Exploring Little Possums 4 by Windthin Exploring Little Possums 5 by Windthin
Exploring Little Possums 9 by Windthin Exploring Little Possums 8 by Windthin
Exploring Little Possums 10 by Windthin

Some of our Squirrels, both free and not.  We also have a newly arrived ground squirrel here
that was in pretty bad shape, but would improve in later weeks.

Free and Not 2a by Windthin
Free and Not 1 by Windthin Free and Not 2 by Windthin
Just In Time by Windthin

We always have a wide variety of small Birds coming through.  Robins, starlings, finches...
this week I focused especially on mourning doves.  I discovered that they are remarkably
tame and peaceful.  Where the other birds would go into a frenzy to escape me if I went into
the aviary, the doves were hardly bothered at all, and some even would come up to me
to tell me their dish was empty or ask for food.

Video: Hungry Little Mourning Dove
Video: Sweet Little Mourning Dove
Video: Feeding the Birds
Video: Hungry Baby Mourning Dove

Robin and Cedar Waxwing by Windthin
Aviary Robins by Windthin Wary Young Starling by Windthin
Tiny Baby Bird by Windthin
Starling and Robins 1 by Windthin Starling and Robins 2 by Windthin
The Spy by Windthin
Young Robin 1 by Windthin Young Robin 2a by Windthin
Robin Up High by Windthin
Hungry Baby Mourning Dove by Windthin Placid Little Mourning Dove 2 by Windthin
Young Robin 2 by Windthin
Barn Swallow Attempting to Escape 2 by Windthin Barn Swallow by Windthin
Barn Swallow Attempting to Escape 1 by Windthin
Placid Little Mourning Dove 4 by Windthin Placid Little Mourning Dove 5 by Windthin
Placid Little Mourning Dove 1 by Windthin
Placid Little Mourning Dove 6 by Windthin Placid Little Mourning Dove 7 by Windthin
Placid Little Mourning Dove 3 by Windthin
Placid Little Mourning Dove 9 by Windthin Placid Little Mourning Dove 10 by Windthin
Placid Little Mourning Dove 4a by Windthin
Placid Little Mourning Dove 11 by Windthin Placid Little Mourning Dove 12 by Windthin
Placid Little Mourning Dove 8 by Windthin
Placid Little Mourning Dove 14 by Windthin Placid Little Mourning Dove 15 by Windthin
Placid Little Mourning Dove 13 by Windthin
Placid Little Mourning Dove 17 by Windthin Placid Little Mourning Dove 18a by Windthin
Placid Little Mourning Dove 18 by Windthin
Placid Little Mourning Dove 16 by Windthin

We're up to three Kestrels now. The two new ones re still inside for the moment.

Video: Kestrels

Kestrel by Windthin

I finally have a few decent pictures of our little Screech Owl who is rooming with Stinky during the day.

Scary Young Screech Owl 2 by Windthin
Sleepy Screech Owl 1 by Windthin Scary Young Screech Owl 1 by Windthin Sleepy Screech Owl 2 by Windthin
Scary Young Screech Owl 3 by Windthin

The Great Horned Owls continue to grow.

Great Horned Owls 1 by Windthin
Great Horned Owls 1a by Windthin
Great Horned Owls 2 by Windthin

Vinnie the Turkey Vulture is as friendly as ever.
He's sadly too friendly to ever be released; there is little wrong with him physically,
but mentally he's imprinted on humans and just does not understand
how to be a wild turkey vulture.

Video: Visiting Vinnie
Video: Vinnie the Star

Vinnie the Vulture 1a by Windthin
Vinnie the Vulture 4 by Windthin Vinnie the Vulture 1 by Windthin Vinnie the Vulture 3 by Windthin
Vinnie the Vulture 2 by Windthin
Vinnie in the Barn 2 by Windthin Vinnie in the Barn 3 by Windthin Vinnie in the Barn 4 by Windthin
Vinnie in the Barn 1 by Windthin
Vinnie in the Barn 5 by Windthin Vinnie in the Barn 6 by Windthin Vinnie in the Barn 7 by Windthin
Vinnie in the Barn 8 by Windthin

And here is one of the newest residents;  this young Red-Tailed Hawk
had surgery for its wing and leg, but it won't ever be well enough to live wild.
It will be trained as a teaching bird.

Video: Young Red-Tailed Hawk

Young Red-Tailed Hawk 1 by Windthin
Young Red-Tailed Hawk 2a by Windthin Young Red-Tailed Hawk 6 by Windthin
Young Red-Tailed Hawk 2 by Windthin
Young Red-Tailed Hawk 7 by Windthin Young Red-Tailed Hawk 8 by Windthin
Young Red-Tailed Hawk 3 by Windthin
Young Red-Tailed Hawk 9 by Windthin Young Red-Tailed Hawk 13 by Windthin
Young Red-Tailed Hawk 4 by Windthin
Young Red-Tailed Hawk 10 by Windthin Young Red-Tailed Hawk 11 by Windthin
Young Red-Tailed Hawk 5 by Windthin
Young Red-Tailed Hawk 12 by Windthin Young Red-Tailed Hawk 15 by Windthin
Young Red-Tailed Hawk 15a by Windthin
Young Red-Tailed Hawk 14 by Windthin

The usual collection of various odd pictures from around the site.

Bumblebee by Windthin Damselfly 1 by Windthin Damselfly 2 by Windthin
Damselfly 3 by Windthin
Walnut Fruit by Windthin Enclosure by Windthin Starry Barn 1 by Windthin
Starry Barny 2 by Windthin High Window in Barn by Windthin Wrinkled Flower 1 by Windthin
Wrinkled Flower 2 by Windthin
White Crab Spider 1a by Windthin White Crab Spider 2 by Windthin White Crab Spider 2a by Windthin
White Crab Spider 1 by Windthin
White Crab Spider 3 by Windthin White Crab Spider 4 by Windthin White Crab Spider 5 by Windthin
White Crab Spider 5a by Windthin
White Crab Spider 6 by Windthin White Crab Spider 8 by Windthin Bright Red Berry by Windthin
White Crab Spider 7 by Windthin
Big Daddy Long Legs 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

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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Tiny Little Assassin

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 16, 2014, 1:00 AM


This little one hitched a ride on my hat and found its way inside after a walk earlier today.
I spotted it and took some pictures and video before ferrying it back outside.
I originally thought it to be a praying mantis, but have since been informed
 that it is an assassin bug nymph, likely of the genus sinea.
Much like mantids, they use their folding forearms to seize and hold prey.



Video: Tiny Little Assassin 2


Tiny Little Assassin Animation

 Tiny Little Assassin 1 by Windthin
Tiny Little Assassin 2 by Windthin
Tiny Little Assassin 3 by Windthin
Tiny Little Assassin 4 by Windthin
Tiny Little Assassin 5 by Windthin
Tiny Little Assassin 6 by Windthin
Tiny Little Assassin 7 by Windthin
Tiny Little Assassin 8 by Windthin
Tiny Little Assassin 9 by Windthin

And here's the hat.

Navy Trooper Hat with Blue Leather and Copper Band by Windthin For My Father - Navy Trooper Hat by Windthin

Steampunk Stetson - Blue Leather + Copper Hatband by Windthin Steampunk Storm Goggles by Windthin

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Raccoon Journal 7 - July 4th Edition

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 12, 2014, 1:57 PM


Not a lot of pictures for this one; I was kept pretty busy, and I lost some video and pictures due to a hard drive failure.

I spent a fair portion of the day carting around gravel and wood chips.  I filled in the potholes in the driveway, put down new gravel out back where we clean out the cages, and put down wood chips both out front and out back, to help deal with the heavy rains we've had.  It was also the hell of a million mosquitoes, as they descended on me us in unprecedented numbers, making doing anything not in the direct sun or indoors difficult, particularly washing out the cages.

We did have a number of new arrivals, including a young squirrel who was rather woozy and some more baby birds.  I admit that one of my favorite moments is, when things are slower, being able to show people who bring animals in around a little.

We kick off the pictures today with the Coyote pups again.

Video: Baby Coyotes

I'm Hiding! 1 by Windthin I'm Hiding! 2 by Windthin
I'm Hiding! 3 by Windthin Coyote Pup by Windthin I'm Hiding! 5 by Windthin
I'm Hiding! 4 by Windthin

My visit with Vinnie was necessarily brief; the mosquitoes were particularly bad out by him.

Vinnie Framed by Windthin
Vinnie Poised by Windthin Vinnie the Vulture 1 by Windthin Vinnie the Vulture 2 by Windthin

An attempt to move the Possum family outside failed; two of her babies died due to her inability to tend to them.  They've since come back in, where they're doing much better.   After losing three, there are six left, and they are doing quite well.  One is rather brave, and has no qualms about trying to scare off us big humans!

Video: Possum Family
Video: Brave Baby Opossum

Brave Little Possum 1a by Windthin
Brave Little Possum 1 by Windthin Brave Little Possum 3 by Windthin Brave Little Possum 2 by Windthin
.0Possum Family 2 by Windthin
Possum Family 3 by Windthin Possum Family 4 by Windthin
Brave Little Possum 4 by Windthin
Possum Family 1 by Windthin Brave Little Possum 5 by Windthin Possum Family 6 by Windthin
Possum Family 5 by Windthin

Bob showed off a bit, though I only saw him briefly overall.  I WAS quite amused, though, when I later discovered that the now-empty barn swallow nest was lined with his feathers, three of which I took home!

Bob in Silhouette by Windthin
Big Red Bob 1 by Windthin Big Red Bob 2 by Windthin
Big Red Bob 4 by Windthin
Big Red Bob 3 by Windthin Big Red Bob 5a by Windthin Bob's Feathers by Windthin
Big Red Bob 5 by Windthin

...and said Swallow nest:

Swallow Nest by Windthin

Most of the Raccoons are either outside or gruel-eaters now, meaning that we only have a small number needing feeding by hand.

Outdoor Raccoons 1 by Windthin
Outdoor Raccoons 1a by Windthin Outdoor Raccoons 2 by Windthin Outdoor Raccoons 3 by Windthin
Outdoor Raccoons 6 by Windthin
Outdoor Raccoons 5 by Windthin Outdoor Raccoons 5a by Windthin
Climbing Raccoon Babies 1 by Windthin Climbing Raccoon Babies 2 by Windthin
Outdoor Raccoons 4 by Windthin Stimulating Raccoons by Windthin
Favorite Toy 1 by Windthin
Favorite Toy 2 by Windthin Favorite Toy 3 by Windthin
Favorite Toy 4 by Windthin

We always seem to have a steady stream of Birds in need of aid.

Video: Baby Cardinal

Robin in Incubator by Windthin
Baby Starlings by Windthin
Loud Little Cardinal by Windthin
Injured Homing Pigeon by Windthin Pigeon Pattern by Windthin

The Ducklings have grown in number, with a new batch in a corral while the older ones roam.  The Goslings continue to enjoy their freedom, including the right to follow us around.

Video: Ducklings and Goslings
Video: I Appear to be Tasty
Video: Dive Right In
Video: Follow the Leader
Video: Duckling Herder

Happy Five by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 1 by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 3 by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 4 by Windthin
Pretty Patterns by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 6 by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 2 by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 7 by Windthin
Ducks and Geese 1 by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 8 by Windthin Two of a Kind by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 9 by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 5 by Windthin
Taking a Dip by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 10 by Windthin Nice Shoes by Windthin
Lone Gosling by Windthin

The Fawns have become quite elusive as the meadow grasses have gotten taller.

Fawn in the Tall Grass 1a by Windthin
Fawn in the Tall Grass 1 by Windthin Fawn in the Tall Grass 2 by Windthin Fawn in the Tall Grass 2a by Windthin
Fawn in the Tall Grass 3 by Windthin

We also got in some baby Ground Squirrels.
They remind me much of the ones Rachel and I rescued two years ago.

Video: Baby Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrels 1
Video: Baby Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrels 2

Baby Ground Squirrels 1 by Windthin
Baby Ground Squirrels 2 by Windthin Baby Ground Squirrels 3 by Windthin Baby Ground Squirrels 4 by Windthin
Baby Ground Squirrels 2a by Windthin
Baby Ground Squirrels 5 by Windthin Baby Ground Squirrels 6 by Windthin

Here's a brief glimpse of the little Screech Owl... and Hamlet's talons.  I had better pictures, but lost them in the HD failure.

Little Owl by Windthin
Talons by Windthin

And of course, our two young Great Horned Owls.

Young Great Horned Owls 1 by Windthin Young Great Horned Owls 2 by Windthin Young Great Horned Owls 3 by Windthin

The usual collection of random pictures from around the center.

Daddy Long Legs 1 by Windthin
Angles by Windthin Daddy Long Legs 2 by Windthin Big House Little Bird by Windthin
Sundial 1 by Windthin
Sundial 2 by Windthin Bittersweet Ant by Windthin Bittersweet Nightshade 2 by Windthin
Bittersweet Nightshade 1 by Windthin


Past 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

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  • Drinking: Water

Raccoon Journal 6: Duck Duck Goose

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 9, 2014, 2:10 PM


This journal is a bit late; it's for June 27th.  No mink photos this time; they're in their own enclosure now where they can hide pretty well, so I didn't get to see them all day.  The coyote pups are also in an enclosure, though, and I got a few photos of them.

Most of all, though, I got lots and lots of pictures of the goslings and ducklings.  I was pretty busy, though; there was no intern or other volunteer to help out, so I had a lot to do, including feeding all of the non-gruel raccoons in their evening feeding and washing out crates.  I also lost a few photos and videos unfortunately; one of my primary hard drives is dying, and I had to rush to back everything up, but lost a few files here and there.  No pictures of Bob this week; I was kept pretty busy.  I have some nice ones for the next journal, though.

We'll start with the Coyote pups.  There's a brief video, and some animations.

Video: Mosaic Coyote Pups


Gotta Get Out Of Here 1

Distant Pups 2 by Windthin Gotta Get Out Of Here 2 (Animation) by Windthin Distant Pups 1 by Windthin

Vinnie the Turkey Vulture shows off.

Video: Curious Vinnie


Vinnie Dances 2

Other Animations:
Vinnie Lands 1 (Animation) by Windthin Vinnie Dances 1 (Animation) by Windthin
Vinnie Lands 2 (Animation) by Windthin Vinnie Lands 3 (Animation) by Windthin

Pictures:
Vinnie in Profile 1 by Windthin Vinnie in Profile 2 by Windthin
Vinnie in Profile 1a by Windthin
Vinnie Peeks Out by Windthin Where Is Vinnie? by Windthin Vinnie in Profile 3 by Windthin
Vinnie in Profile 4 by Windthin Poised to Leap 1 by Windthin Poised to Leap 2 by Windthin
Poised to Leap 3 by Windthin Shake the Walls Down by Windthin Bone White Beak by Windthin

We have Squirrels galore.  Both being rehabbed...

Pinkie Squirrel Growing Up by Windthin
How to ID a Gray Squirrel by Windthin

...and hanging about the place.

Squirrel Nest 1 by Windthin
Brazen Squirrel 1 by Windthin Brazel Squirrel 1a by Windthin Escape! by Windthin
Brazen Squirrel 2 by Windthin
Squirrel Nest 3 by Windthin Squirrel Opportunist 1 by Windthin Squirrel Opportunist 2 by Windthin
Squirrel Opportunist 3 by Windthin Squirrel Opportunist 4 by Windthin

We have lots and LOTS of Goose and Duck photos this time.

Video: Ducklings and Goslings
Video: Play it Cool
Video: Curious Goslings

Sickly Canada Goose by Windthin Two Injured Goslings 2 by Windthin Is This Edible? by Windthin
Foraging by Windthin
Play It Cool 1 by Windthin Follow the Leader by Windthin Tasty Camera by Windthin
Two Injured Goslings 1 by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 1 by Windthin Ducks on the Rocks 1 by Windthin Ducks on the Rocks 1a by Windthin
Pretty Patterns by Windthin
Play it Cool 2 by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 3 by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 3a by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 1a by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 3b by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 4 by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 4a by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 2 by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 5 by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 6 by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 7 by Windthin
Mallard Duckling by Windthin
Injured Gosling by Windthin Gosling in a Cast by Windthin
Field of Greens 1 by Windthin
Field of Greens 1a by Windthin Field of Greens 2 by Windthin Field of Greens 3 by Windthin
Field o f Greens 2a by Windthin
Field of Greens 5a by Windthin Field of Greens 7 by Windthin Field of Greens 8 by Windthin
Field of Greens 4 by Windthin
Field of Greens 9 by Windthin Goose Neck by Windthin Field of Greens 10 by Windthin
Field of Greens 5 by Windthin
Goose Play Time 2 by Windthin Field of Greens 11a by Windthin Goose Play Time 3 by Windthin
Field of Greens 6 by Windthin
Goose Play Time 4 by Windthin Goose Play Time 1 by Windthin Goose Play Time 4a by Windthin
Field of Greens 11 by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 9 by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 9a by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 11 by Windthin
Goose Play Time 5 by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 11a by Windthin Dare I Go In? by Windthin Hey, I Like the Water! 1 by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 8a by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 8 by Windthin Snack Time 1 by Windthin Snack Time 1a by Windthin
Zipper Check! by Windthin
Snack Time 2 by Windthin Snack Time 2a by Windthin Snack Time 3 by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 10 by Windthin
Two Injured Goslings 2 by Windthin Snack Time 5 by Windthin Two Injured Goslings 3 by Windthin
Hey, I Like the Water! 1a by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 12 by Windthin Two Injured Goslings 4 by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 13 by Windthin
Snack Time 4 by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 15 by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 15a by Windthin Mallard Ducklings 16 by Windthin
Mallard Ducklings 14 by Windthin

We always have quite a few Birds of various ages, both inside and in the aviary.

Starling and Robin by Windthin
Young Starlings in Aviary by Windthin Starling in Hiding by Windthin
Young Mourning Doves by Windthin
Mourning Dove in Aviary 1 by Windthin Mourning Dove in Aviary 2 by Windthin
Young Robin by Windthin
House Sparrow on Birdhouse by Windthin
In a Row by WindthinMourning Dove in Aviary 1a by Windthin

The Barn Swallows have grown large enough to leave the nest, or some of them anyhow.  When I went to take pictures a couple of the eldest took flight.  By the following week all would be gone.

Grumpy Little Birds 1 by Windthin
Grumpy Little Birds 1a by Windthin Grumpy Little Birds 1b by Windthin
Grumpy Little Birds 1c by Windthin Grumpy Little Birds 1d by Windthin
Grumpy Little Birds 3 by Windthin Grumpy Little Birds 4 by Windthin
Grumpy Little Birds 2 by Windthin
Grumpy Little Birds 5 by Windthin Grumpy Little Birds 6 by Windthin Grumpy Little Birds 7 by Windthin
Grumpy Little Birds 3a by Windthin

It's never a Raccoon journal without raccoons.  One of the sunburn babies died, but the other
is thriving and growing, and a good number have been moved outside now.

Freedom... Almost 1 by Windthin
Freedom... Almost 2 by Windthin Freedom... Almost 3 by Windthin Freedom... Almost 4 by Windthin
There There 4 by Windthin
There There 1 by Windthin There There 2 by Windthin There There 3 by Windthin
The Little Hyena 1 by Windthin
Lunch Time 1 by Windthin Lunch Time 2 by Windthin
The Little Hyena 2 by Windthin The Little Hyena 3 by Windthin

The Fawn meadow is getting nice and thick, providing plenty of cover for them to hide in.

A Fawn in Tall Grass 1a by Windthin
A Fawn in Tall Grass 2 by Windthin Fawns in Tall Grass 1c by Windthin
Fawns in Tall Grass 1 by Windthin
A Fawn in Tall Grass 4a by Windthin A Fawn in Tall Grass 4 by Windthin A Fawn in Tall Grass 4b by Windthin
A Fawn in Tall Grass 3a by Windthin A Fawn in Tall Grass 3b by Windthin
Fawns in Tall Grass 2 by Windthin Fawns in Tall Grass 2a by Windthin
A Fawn in Tall Grass 4c by Windthin
Curious Fawn 1 by Windthin Curious Fawn 2 by Windthin A Fawn in Tall Grass 6 by Windthin
Three Fawns 1a by Windthin
Three Fawns 1 by Windthin A Fawn in Tall Grass 5 by Windthin Three Fawns 2 by Windthin
Three Fawns 1b by Windthin
Three Fawns 2a by Windthin Three Fawns 2b by Windthin

The Great Horned Owls are growing up.
Great Horned Owls Growing Up 2 by Windthin
Great Horned Owls Growing Up 1 by Windthin

Stinky and the little screech owl are still not getting on the best, but hopefully the little one will come around.

Dinner with Stinky by Windthin
Hidden and Slim by Windthin

Here is a little visit with Hamlet.

Video: Hamlet

Hamlet in a Haze 1a by Windthin
Hamlet in a Haze 1 by Windthin Hamlet in a Haze 3 by Windthin Hamlet in a Haze 2 by Windthin
Hamlet in a Haze 6 by Windthin
Hamlet in a Haze 4 by Windthin Hamlet in a Haze 7 by Windthin Hamlet in a Haze 5 by Windthin

As usual, some random shots from around the center.

Big Brown Damselfly 1 by Windthin Big Brown Damselfly 3 by Windthin Big Brown Damselfly 2 by Windthin
Little Big Ant 1 by Windthin Little Big Ant 2 by Windthin Summer Sunset 1 by Windthin
Summer Sunset 2 by Windthin

Past 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


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Beautiful Dragons

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 1, 2014, 8:48 AM
I have to say, DA member rosepeonie :iconrosepeonie: really makes some beautiful sculptures.  She is holding a contest right now to give one away.

Check it out:



And here is some of her work I spotted on her front page alone and really enjoyed:

Rainbow Bird by rosepeonie Flamen, Fire Spirit dragon 2 by rosepeonie Ciel, Night Sky spirit dragon by rosepeonie Ciel, Night Sky spirit dragon 2 by rosepeonie Loki cupcake charm by rosepeonie


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Raccoon Journal 5: Bob Rules

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 25, 2014, 5:12 PM


Wildlife rescue volunteering is hard work.

One of the hardest parts is the simple knowledge that not all of them make it.  Some centers only take indigenous species, or don't take smaller, more common creatures like sparrows, or can't handle larger or more exotic animals like raptors and coyotes.  I am fortunate that ours takes just about anything, though even we have limits; coyotes are handled only by staff who have been vaccinated; if bitten by one, the state will destroy the pups, no matter that they're not old enough to have rabies.  We are understandably cautious, for their sake.  Skunks and bats aren't even allowed to us; the state sees them as rabies vectors and takes no chances, even with infants that could not be infected.  I find this tragic, and hope to see the laws one day change.

Bunnies come in often, but apparently have a fifty percent survival rate; believe it or not, this is equal to what it is in the wild, so if we can reach that, we're feeling pretty good.  We get lots and lots of young raccoons, and I have to believe it's because they're more visible than other young animals that don't get spotted and brought in.  Robins, likewise, are the most common birds brought in, due largely to how common they are.  I keep my eyes open constantly for animals in distress, for those that might slip through the cracks like the little ground squirrels I rescued two years ago.

Those that make it in don't always make it.  The adult goose that came in last week didn't survive, sadly.  Neither did one of the sunburned raccoon babies, though the other one is still striving and healing.  Some simply cannot be returned to the wild, like the gosling my wife and I brought in with a ruined leg.  It had to be put down because they could not return it and could not keep it; I do not even know if there was an alternative, but I know it had a better chance with them than in the wild.  More exotic animals that cannot return to the wild sometimes wind up permanent residents, depending on state laws and how well they can be healed; we have a turkey vulture and a barred owl that both think they're human, a barn owl with stunted wings, a screech owl with a bad eye, and the mother possum likely will stick around as well; her jaw is broken and it's believed she is blind in one eye.

Still, the vast majority our charges are re-introduced to the wild.  They all need our help.

I handle a lot of dirty jobs.  Stimulating the raccoons and squirrels and rabbits to get them to pee.  Feeding them and getting scratched up, covered in poop and food.  Cleaning out containers afterwards, for re-use, and doing laundry as well, as we put towels and blankets and toys in with them.  There's also weeding the fawn meadow and the electric fence around it, gathering fawn and rabbit greens, fixing various enclosures (I'm pretty handy at that, and so often am put to work or take it upon myself to fix things like loose wire or netting), mopping and sweeping, bringing the animals in at the end of the night... there's always something to do.  I come home worn out and banged up and thoroughly satisfied.

Now the pictures.

Not many Raccoon pictures this week.  Here are some of our gruel babies; old enough to eat on their own, but not be outside permanently.  They are placed outside in batches like this.  But we have plenty that we still have to feed.

Gruel Babies 2 by Windthin
Gruel Babies 1 by Windthin Gruel Babies 2a by Windthin After Dinner by Windthin

The trio of Minks are still incredibly cute.




Romping Baby Mink Animation

Mink Kits at Play 1 by Windthin Mink Kits at Play 2 by Windthin Mink Kits at Play 3 by Windthin
Mink Kits at Play 4 by Windthin What is That? 1 by Windthin What is That? 2 by Windthin
What is That? 3 by Windthin Mink Kits at Play 6 by Windthin What is That? 4 by Windthin
Mink Kits at Play 5 by Windthin Mink Kits at Play 7 by Windthin
Mink Kits at Play 7a by Windthin

The Fawns have been moved into the meadow, where they have more freedom to roam.  They have an enclosure to sleep in at night, and an electric fence turned on then to protect from coyotes and other predators.

Video: Curious Little Fawn

Fawn in the Meadow 1 by Windthin Fawn in the Meadow 3 by Windthin Turned Away by Windthin
Fawn in the Meadow 2 by Windthin
Fawns in the Meadow 1 by Windthin Fawn in the Meadow 3b by Windthin Fawns in the Meadow 1a by Windthin
Fawn in the Meadow 3a by Windthin
Fawns in the Meadow 1b by Windthin
Tasty Fingers! by Windthin

A few Squirrel shots, including a new arrival near the end of the day.

A Little Snack 1 by Windthin Fox Squirrel by Windthin New Arrival by Windthin
A Little Snack 2 by Windthin

We have many more Birds in our aviary, and a few not; the pigeon has been released,
and I believe a few robins (it's difficult to keep track of how many we have).

Young Robin 1 by Windthin Young Mourning Dove by Windthin Robins and Starling by Windthin
Young Robin 2 by Windthin
Young Robin 3 by Windthin Young Robin 4 by Windthin
Young Mourning Dove and Robin by Windthin

The Possum babies are out of the pouch, though still relying on mother for food.  There are four of them, we can clearly see now.

Video: Curious Little Possum
Video: Momma Possum and Babies

Clinging to Mom by Windthin
Hungry Momma 1 by Windthin Hungry Momma 2 by Windthin Possum Family 1 by Windthin
Little Possum by Windthin
Possum Family 2 by Windthin Possum Family 3 by Windthin

The Goslings have been turned loose on the property, fenced in to keep them from wandering too far.  They share that territory with Bob the rooster and his hens.  They like to roam quite a bit, and follow anybody who wanders into the area, as I found out when I turned around at one point and nearly tripped over them!

Goslings on the Loose 1 by Windthin Goslings on the Loose 2 by Windthin Goslings on the Loose 3 by Windthin
Goslings on the Loose 4 by Windthin

Stinky and the young Screech Owl have been moved in together.
The little one isn't quite fond of the idea yet, though.

Stinky's New Digs by Windthin
Skinny and Scared 1 by Windthin Skinny and Scared 2 by Windthin

The Kestrel has also been moved into an outdoor enclosure, though it cannot fly yet.

Wary Kestrel 1 by Windthin
Wary Kestrel 2 by Windthin

The Great Horned Owls are doing well.

Video: Young Great Horned Owls

Two Young Great Horned Owls 1 by Windthin Two Young Great Horned Owls 2 by Windthin
Two Young Great Horned Owls 3 by Windthin

And Bob is still definitely in charge, based on the high number of bruises and
scabs on my legs after I herded him and the hens into their coop.

Bob in Charge 1 by Windthin
Bob in Charge 1a by Windthin Bob in Charge 2a by Windthin Bob's Blades 2 by Windthin
Bob in Charge 2 by Windthin
Bob in Charge 4a by Windthin Bob in Charge 3 by Windthin Bob in Charge 4 by Windthin
Bob's Blades 1 by Windthin
Bob in Charge 5 by Windthin Bob in Charge 6 by Windthin
Bob in Charge 5a by Windthin

Lastly, we have a visit with Hamlet, who is also outside now.
And a brief video of Vinnie, his frequent roommate in the bar.

Video: Vinnie the Ham
Video: Hello, Hamlet

Hamlet the Barred Owl 1b by Windthin Hamlet the Barred Owl 1 by Windthin Hamlet the Barred Owl 2 by Windthin
Hamlet the Barred Owl 1a by Windthin
Hamlet the Barred Owl 3 by Windthin Hamlet the Barred Owl 3a by Windthin
Hamlet the Barred Owl 4 by Windthin
Hamlet the Barred Owl 5 by Windthin

Some varied pictures from around the center.

Video: Harvestman

Hidden 1 by Windthin Hidden 2a by Windthin Hidden 3 by Windthin
Hidden 2 by Windthin
Hidden 4 by Windthin Hidden 5 by Windthin Hidden 6 by Windthin
Parson Spider 2a by Windthin
Parson Spider 2b by Windthin Parson Spider 1 by Windthin Parson Spider 2 by Windthin
Blue Jay 2 by Windthin
Blue Jay 1 by Windthin Big Ball of Fluff 1 by Windthin Big Ball of Fluff 2 by Windthin
Big Ball of Fluff 2a by Windthin
Meadow by Windthin Baby Barn Swallows 1 by Windthin Baby Barn Swallows 2 by Windthin

Video: Baby Swallows
Video: Wrath of the Swallows

And two bonus videos from elsewhere:

Video: Mother Barn Swallow
Video: Protective Barn Swallows

Baby Barn Swallows 3 by Windthin

Past Journals:

Return of the Raccoon Journals
Another Week, Another Raccoon Journal
Raccoon Journal 3: Rise of the Raccoons

Raccoon Journal 4: Now with Mink

And the last journal from last year, with links to all others:

Raccoons 11: A New Beginnings

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Raccoon Journal 4: Now With Mink!

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 17, 2014, 4:24 PM


This has been a most eventful week.  I patched up the electric fence, using wire to fix the ground wire in multiple places where it looks as if rabbits may have chewed it.  I cut my thumb slicing up meat for the raptors, and got pecked by Bob the rooster.  All told, I did a lot of work, and felt good about that at the end of the day.

On the upside, the mother possum and her little ones have been moved into an outdoor enclosure.  This means I did not see them all day, but it's a good sign for them.  More squirrels have been moved outside, and more raccoons are going to gruel sooner.  A lot of them will be outside soon as well.  We also have some interesting new tenants, as you'll see farther down.  There were also one, maybe two black bears passing through the area, and talk of bringing them to the center if caugh.

On the down side, near the end of the night we got in an adult Canada goose hit by a car (I am hoping it survived the night), a starling drenched in grease (it will take multiple bathings to clean it; the poor thing looked like those pictures of seabirds caught in oil spills), and another orphaned raccoon.  And, most sadly, the gosling my wife and I brought in, with the bad leg, had to be put down; the leg was entirely non-functional even after setting, and they sadly aren't allowed to keep geese.

Here is the week in pictures and video.

We have two new Coyote Pups.  They're shy sorts, so I probably won't see much of them.

Coyote Pups 1 by Windthin
Coyote Pups 2 by Windthin

We have plenty of Squirrels.  I've learned to tell the difference between fox and gray squirrels.

Video: Curious Fox Squirrel

Fox Squirrels 1 by Windthin Fox Squirrel 1 by Windthin Fox Squirrel 2 by Windthin
Fox Squirrels 1a by Windthin
Fox Squirrel 2a by Windthin Fox Squirrel 3 by Windthin
Little One 1 by Windthin Little One 2 by Windthin Little One 3 by Windthin
Little One 4 by Windthin
Curious Squi- Hey, Wait! by Windthin Curious Squirrel 1 by Windthin Curious Squirrel 3 by Windthin
Curious Squirrel 2 by Windthin
Curious... Where's the Squirrel? by Windthin Curious Squirrel 4 by Windthin Curious WHOA! by Windthin
Curious Squirrel 5 by Windthin
Curious... Hey, Turn Around by Windthin Curiosity! by Windthin

The Fawns remain shy as ever.

Shy Fawns 1 by Windthin Shy Fawns 3 by Windthin Shy Fawns 4 by Windthin
Shy Fawns 2 by Windthin
Shy Fawns 5 by Windthin Shy Fawns 5a by Windthin Shy Fawns 6 by Windthin Shy Fawns 7 by Windthin

More of our Small Birds have been moved into the aviary, but we still have many inside.

Young Mourning Dove by Windthin
Young Mourning Dove and Robin by Windthin Young Finch 1 by Windthin Young Finch 2 by Windthin
Young Finches 1 by Windthin
Beautiful Baby Rob-wait! by Windthin Young Pigeon 1 by Windthin Young Pigeon 2 by Windthin
Young Finches 2 by Windthin
Young Pigeon 3 by Windthin Young Pigeon 3 by Windthin Young Pigeon and Robin 1 by Windthin
Young Finch and Robin by Windthin
Young Pigeon and Robin 3 by Windthin Young Robin by Windthin Injured Robin 2 by Windthin
Young Pigeon and Robin 2a by Windthin
Young Starling 2 by Windthin Baby Robins by Windthin Injured Robin 1 by Windthin
Young Starling 1 by Windthin

Bob just had to show me who was in charge; he gave me a good peck to the hand, and a few scratches.
Even when I am talking with Hamlet, the Barred Owl, he has to stick his two cents in:

Video: Talks with Owls... and Roosters?

Big Bob 1 by Windthin Big Bob 2 by Windthin Big Bob 3 by Windthin
Big Bob 4 by Windthin
Big Bob 3a by Windthin  Fiery Feathers 2 by Windthin Fiery Feathers 3 by Windthin
Fiery Feathers 1 by Windthin
 Big Bob 4a by Windthin Fiery Feathers 4 by Windthin Fiery Feathers 5 by Windthin
Fiery Feathers 7 by Windthin
Big Bob 4b by Windthin