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Raccoon Journal 5 - Little Wonders

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 18, 2015, 6:40 AM


By now I am way behind on my raccoon journals; my new job is really keeping me busy, especially a recent promotion.  This journal is from 6-20-15.

We start with these baby blue-grey gnatcatchers.  They sadly did not survive, though we did our best for them.

Video: Baby Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers

Baby Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers 1 by Windthin
Baby Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers 1a by Windthin

Baby Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers 2 by Windthin
Baby Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers 3 by Windthin
Baby Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers 4 by Windthin

The hummingbird, on the other hand, continued to get better, and was eventually released a few weeks later.

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird 1 by Windthin
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird 2 by Windthin

The young crow continues to do better; it was eventually moved to a crow farm, since he'll never be released. There he'll get good care.

Young Crow by Windthin

As far of my new task of moving birds from the kindergarten aviary to the main one, I sometimes run into oddities.  One of the robins was remarkably docile for a few hours; I think he may have hit his head and dazed himself a bit for a time.  Eventually he started showing the proper degree of wariness.

Strange Little Robin 1 by Windthin
Strange Little Robin 2 by Windthin
Strange Little Robin 3 by Windthin
Strange Little Robin 3a by Windthin

Here are some of the birds in the big aviary.

Hanging Out Together 1b by Windthin
Hanging Out Together 1 by Windthin Hanging Out Together 1a by Windthin

We have our goslings and ducklings also are doing well, with the ducklings still kept contained for now.

Video: Herding Goslings

Goslings and Ducklings 1 by Windthin
Goslings and Ducklings 2 by Windthin
Goslings 1 by Windthin Goslings 2 by Windthin
Goslings 1a by Windthin
Goslings 2a by Windthin

The young great horned owl with the bad eye is out with the other two; we do not know yet fully if it will be released eventually.

Young Great Horned Owls 1 by Windthin
Young Great Horned Owls 1a by Windthin Young Great Horned Owls 1b by Windthin Young Great Horned Owls 2 by Windthin
Young Great Horned Owls 3 by Windthin Young Great Horned Owls 4 by Windthin

Vinnie the turkey vulture has a new roommate: Eragon II, a young imprinted red-tailed hawk, not to be confused with the first Eragon from the previous year, whose injuries sadly proved too painful for him in the end.

Eragon the Second 1a by Windthin
Eragon the Second 1 by Windthin Eragon the Second 2 by Windthin Eragon the Second 2a by Windthin
Eragon the Second 2b by Windthin
Eragon the Second 3 by Windthin Eragon the Second 3b by Windthin Eragon the Second 4 by Windthin
Eragon the Second 3a by Windthin
Eragon the Second 4a by Windthin
Eragon the Second 4b by Windthin

And here's everybody's favorite ham himself, Vinnie!

Video: Vinnie and Pal

Vinnie 1a by Windthin
Vinnie 1 by Windthin Vinnie 2 by Windthin Blurry Roommates 1 by Windthin
Vinnie 3b by Windthin
Blurry Roommates 1a by Windthin Vinnie 3a by Windthin Vinnie 3 by Windthin Vinnie 4 by Windthin

Here are a few glimpses of two new residents, the only ones you're going to get; canines and their relatives are fairly shy.  These are baby gray foxes.

Baby Gray Fox 1 by Windthin
Baby Gray Fox 2 by Windthin Baby Gray Fox 4 by Windthin Baby Gray Fox 6 by Windthin
Baby Gray Fox 3 by Windthin
Baby Gray Fox 5 by Windthin

Speaking of shy, this coyote pup shows how shy is done.

Is the Coast Clear? 1 by Windthin Is the Coast Clear? 2 by Windthin Is the Coast Clear? 3 by Windthin

We also revisit our friends the white fur foxes.  Yes, sadly, these two were probably raised for their fur, but the escaped and were found roaming feral in the city.  They've been in captivity a while now and, though domesticated technically, are far from tame.

Video: White Foxes
Two White Foxes 2a by Windthin
Two White Foxes 1 by Windthin Two White Foxes 1a by Windthin Two White Foxes 2 by Windthin
Two White Foxes 4 by Windthin Two White Foxes 5 by Windthin
Two White Foxes 3 by Windthin Two White Foxes 3a by Windthin

No raccoon journal is complete without at least a visit to the raccoons.

Young Raccoons by Windthin
Young Raccoons Outside by Windthin

And here is old Momma Possum.

Mamma Possum 1 by Windthin
Mamma Possum 2 by Windthin

We always have squirrels about.

Young Squirrels by Windthin
Squirrels 1 by Windthin Squirrels 2 by Windthin

And this week we got in a new fawn as well.

Fawn 1 by Windthin
Fawn 2 by Windthin

Here's are links to last week's journal.

Raccoon Journal 1 - Feathered Tales
Raccoon Journal 2 - Keeping Busy
Raccoon Journal 3 - Enter the Foxes
Raccoon Journal 4 - In the Bee Garden

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

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Raccoon Journal 4 - In the Bee Garden

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 22, 2015, 4:20 AM


This journal is for June 13th, 2015.  It proved to be an eventful week.  Our fawn population grew to five and a pair of baby gray foxes arrived.  I became the bird whisperer (more on that below) .  I cleaned out the gutters on the barn and sliced open my thumb; we also got in a crow,  and I got to go pick greens.  It's not all good news, though.  We lost two robins, one of them blinded, and a wood duck, and the mosquitoes reached epic levels.

We're starting out on a different tact than usual, with pictures from the bee and butterfly gardens that have been planted.

Colors of the Bee Garden 1 by Windthin
Colors of the Bee Garden 2 by Windthin Colors of the Bee Garden 2a by Windthin
Colors of the Bee Garden 3 by Windthin
Colors of the Bee Garden 4a by Windthin Colors of the Bee Garden 5 by Windthin
Colors of the Bee Garden 4 by Windthin
Colors of the Bee Garden 6 by Windthin  Colors of the Bee Garden 8 by Windthin
Colors of the Bee Garden 5a by Windthin
Colors of the Bee Garden 8b by Windthin Colors of the Bee Garden 8c by Windthin Colors of the Bee Garden 8d by Windthin
Colors of the Bee Garden 7 by Windthin
Colors of the Bee Garden 9 by Windthin  Colors of the Bee Garden 11 by Windthin
Colors of the Bee Garden 8a by Windthin
Colors of the Bee Garden 10 by Windthin
Colors of the Bee Garden 10a by Windthin Colors of the Bee Garden 12a by Windthin
Colors of the Bee Garden 12 by Windthin

This is the week I became the bird whisperer.  After clearing out the big aviary the week before and helping prepare the kindergarten aviary the week before that, this week I was asked to help move some birds from the kindergarten to the main aviary.  I quickly surprised people by displaying my ability to catch the birds with my hands rather than a net, and with far less fuss, flapping, and running into windows.  I'd always told the folks at the center I am a bird person, but after this I became the one to move the birds every Saturday.

Transfer Students 1 by Windthin Transfer Students 3 by Windthin
Transfer Students 2 by Windthin
Transfer Students 2a by Windthin
Transfer Students 3a by Windthin
Transfer Students 5 by Windthin Transfer Students 6 by Windthin
Transfer Students 5a by Windthin
Transfer Students 7 by Windthin Transfer Students 8 by Windthin
Transfer Students 6a by Windthin
Transfer Students 8a by Windthin Transfer Students 9 by Windthin Transfer Students 9a by Windthin
Transfer Students 7a by Windthin
Transfer Students 9b by Windthin
Wet Robin by Windthin

We have a bunch of young mallards at this point.

Mallard Ducklings by Windthin

And a young crow who eventually wound up going to a crow farm, since he could not fly properly.

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

Here are video and pictures of our injured young ruby-throated hummingbird, who made a full recovery and was eventually released; I'd often see it hanging about the bee gardens after.

Video: Injured Young Hummingbird

Injured Young Hummingbird 1 by Windthin
Injured Young Hummingbird 1a by Windthin
Injured Young Hummingbird 2 by Windthin
Injured Young Hummingbird 3 by Windthin Injured Young Hummingbird 4a by Windthin
Injured Young Hummingbird 4 by Windthin

Here is another visit with everybody's favorite ham of a turkey vulture, Vinnie!

Vinnie in the Shadows by Windthin
Vinnie at the Door by Windthin

Here is a brief glimpse of the baby red-tailed hawks in their new enclosure.

Baby Red-Tailed Hawks in Nest 1 by Windthin
Baby Red-Tailed Hawks in Nest 2 by Windthin

And here are the three young great horned owls.

Three Young Great Horned Owls 1 by Windthin
Three Young Great Horned Owls 1a by Windthin

And now it's time for raccoon antics!

Raccoons in a Hammock 1a by Windthin
Raccoons in a Hammock 1 by Windthin Raccoons in a Hammock 2 by Windthin What Is That? 2 by Windthin
What Is That? 1 by Windthin
What Is That? 2a by Windthin

Here are a few brief glimpses of the fawns.  By this point we were up to five of them.

Just a Peek by Windthin Fawns by Windthin

And here is momma possum.  She actually passed away a few weeks after these were taken, sadly; she was blind and deaf from a car accident and believed to be fairly old despite delivering a litter the year before.

Momma Possum 1 by Windthin Tale of a Tail by Windthin  Momma Possum 2 by Windthin

Take a peek at this squirrel doing the same to me.

Safe Place 1 by Windthin
Safe Place 1a by Windthin

And here is a visit with the two arctic foxes that have permanent residents.  These were likely escaped fur foxes before they were found roaming feral in Chicago.

Sleepy Old Foxes 1a by Windthin
Sleepy Old Foxes 1 by Windthin Sleepy Old Foxes 1b by Windthin Sleepy Old Foxes 2 by Windthin
Sleepy Old Foxes 2a by Windthin
Sleepy Old Foxes 3a by Windthin Sleepy Old Foxes 4 by Windthin Sleepy Old Foxes 5 by Windthin
Sleepy Old Foxes 3 by Windthin
Sleepy Old Foxes 5b by Windthin Sleepy Old Foxes 6 by Windthin Sleepy Old Foxes 7 by Windthin
Sleepy Old Foxes 5a by Windthin
Sleepy Old Foxes 8 by Windthin

Some other places around the center.

A Quiet Place to Grow Up by Windthin Future Vision by Windthin Lurking Woodland Beasts 1 by Windthin
Lurking Woodland Beasts 2 by Windthin Lurking Woodland Beasts 2a by Windthin Lurking Woodland Beasts 2b by Windthin
Lurking Woodland Beasts 3 by Windthin Lurking Woodland Beasts 3a by Windthin Red in Green 1 by Windthin
Red in Green 2 by Windthin Red-Winged Blackbird 1 by Windthin
Lurking Woodland Beasts 1a by Windthin Red-Winged Blackbird 2 by Windthin

Here's are links to last week's journal.

Raccoon Journal 1 - Feathered Tales
Raccoon Journal 2 - Keeping Busy
Raccoon Journal 3 - Enter the Foxes

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

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The Laser Carnival

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 7, 2015, 2:29 PM
Some fun long exposure photos taken on August 28th and 29th at the DeKalb 2015 Cornfest.

Laser Carnival 1 by Windthin
Laser Carnival 2 by Windthin
Laser Carnival 3 by Windthin
Arcs of Sparks 1 by Windthin
Laser Carnival 4 by Windthin Laser Carnival 5 by Windthin Arcs of Sparks 2 by Windthin
Laser Carnival 5a by Windthin

Laser Carnival 6 by Windthin Arcs of Sparks 3 by Windthin Arcs of Sparks 4 by Windthin
Laser Carnival 7 by Windthin
Arcs of Sparks 5 by Windthin
Laser Carnival 8 by Windthin Arcs of Sparks 6 by Windthin Laser Carnival 9 by Windthin
Arcs of Sparks 7 by Windthin
Laser Lattice 1 by Windthin
Laser Carnival 10 by Windthin Flying Laser Saucer Invasion! by Windthin At the Laser Carnival 1 by Windthin
Laser Carnival 11 by Windthin
Laser Carnival 12 by Windthin Laser Carnival 12a by Windthin Arcs of Sparks 8 by Windthin
Laser Racer by Windthin
Arcs of Sparks 9 by Windthin At the Laser Carnival 2 by Windthin Laser Carnival 13 by Windthin
Laser Saucer Liftoff by Windthin
Laser Saucer 1 by Windthin Laser Saucer 2 by Windthin Melted Tilt-a-Whirl by Windthin
Laser Tower 1a by Windthin
Laser Top by Windthin Laser Tower 1 by Windthin Arcs of Sparks 10 by Windthin
Arcs of Sparks 10a by Windthin
Laser Tower 2 by Windthin Laserthulu 1a by Windthin Arcs of Sparks 11 by Windthin
Laser Tower 2a by Windthin
Laser Lattice 2 by Windthin Laser Implosion 1 by Windthin Laser Cables 1 by Windthin
Laserthulu 1 by Windthin
Laser Cables 1a by Windthin At the Laser Carnival 3 by Windthin Laser Wheel 1 by Windthin
Laser Lattice 2a by Windthin
Laser Saucer 3 by Windthin Laser Saucer 3b by Windthin Laser Saucer 4 by Windthin
Laser Implosion 1a by Windthin
Laser Saucer 4a by Windthin Laser Wheel 2 by Windthin At the Laser Carnival 4 by Windthin
Laser Saucer 3a by Windthin
Laser Wheel 3 by Windthin At the Laser Carnival 5 by Windthin Laser Wheel 5 by Windthin
Laser Wheel 4 by Windthin
At the Laser Carnival 6 by Windthin Laser Wheel 6 by Windthin Laser Wheel 7 by Windthin
Galactic Brainstorm 1 by Windthin
Galactic Brainstorm 1a by Windthin Galactic Brainstorm 2 by Windthin Galactic Brainstorm 2a by Windthin

Galactic Brainstorm 3 by Windthin
Galactic Brainstorm 4 by Windthin Galactic Brainstorm 5 by Windthin Galactic Brainstorm 6 by Windthin
Galactic Brainstorm 7 by Windthin
Galactic Brainstorm 8 by Windthin Laser Implosion 2 by Windthin Laser Cables 2 by Windthin
Laser Implosion 2a by Windthin
Laser Cables 2a by Windthin Laser Implosion 3 by Windthin Laser Implosion 3a by Windthin
Laser Logo by Windthin
Laser Cables 3 by Windthin Laser Cables 4 by Windthin Laser Implosion 4 by Windthin
Laser Implosion 3b by Windthin
Arcs of Sparks 12 by Windthin
Arcs of Sparks 13 by Windthin
Laser Implosion 4a by Windthin Laser Lattice 4 by Windthin
Laser Implosion 4b by Windthin
Laser Lattice 3 by Windthin
Laser Lattice 5 by Windthin Laser Lattice 6 by Windthin
Laser Lattice 4a by Windthin
Lasers and Stained-Glass by Windthin
Laser Lattice 5a by Windthin
Laser Lattice 6a by Windthin


Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 5, 2015, 11:39 PM


Three summers now I've volunteered at our county wildlife rescue center.  I got started there the year before that first summer when I rescued six baby ground squirrels using a blow dryer and a heating pad.

It was late May and I was walking home after a plasma donation.  I spotted a tiny form laying just beside the sidewalk and crouched down to look more closely, whereupon I discovered seven more, scattered across the slope there.  They had apparently been washed out of their home by the heavy rains, and I discovered later that baby ground squirrels, like many small young mammals, cannot generate their own body heat initially.  I poked a few to see if there was any life left in them and one moved, so I gathered them all up in my hands and rushed to our apartment; fortunately, we were within sight of it.  Once there the big problem was warming them up.  I put them in our spare bird cage and set up a heating pad, but I swiftly realizd that this would not be enough and broke out a hair dryer, which worked far better at both drying them and warming them up.  Sadly, two never did wake, but six did.

The next problem was what to DO with them.  I managed to get ahold of Wild Tails, the wildlife adjunct of Tails, our local animal shelter, who were working out of the space next door temporarily while they renovated the center that I would wind up volunteering at the following year.  Because my wife works evenings and I don't drive (and even if I did, she had the car), there was no way I could get the babies to the center that evening, so they told me how to feed them until then, with a mixture of honey, salt, and water.  I gave them three feedings during the course of the night, my wife helping with the second and third,and the following morning as soon as we could we brought them in.  All six survived to be released.

Here is some video: Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue Part 1
Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue Part 2
Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue Part 3

And here are the photos:

Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue 1 by Windthin

Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue 2 by Windthin

Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue 3 by Windthin

Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue 4 by Windthin

Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue 5 by Windthin

Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue 6 by Windthin

Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue 7 by Windthin

Baby Ground Squirrel 8 by Windthin

Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue 9 by Windthin

Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue 10 by Windthin

Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue 11 by Windthin

Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue 12 by Windthin

Baby Ground Squirrel Rescue 13 by Windthin

Second Feeding 1 by Windthin

Seccond Feeding 2 by Windthin

Second Feeding 3 by Windthin

Second Feeding 4 by Windthin

Second Feeding 5 by Windthin

Second Feeding 6 by Windthin

Second Feeding 7 by Windthin

Second Feeding 8 by Windthin

Second Feeding 9 by Windthin

Second Feeding 10 by Windthin

Second Feeding 11 by Windthin

Second Feeding 12 by Windthin

Second Feeding 13 by Windthin

Second Feeding 14 by Windthin

Second Feeding 15 by Windthin

Second Feeding 16 by Windthin

Second Feeding 17 by Windthin

Second Feeding 18 by Windthin

Second Feedging 19 by Windthin

Second Feeding 20 by Windthin

Second Feeding 21 by Windthin

Third Feeding 1 by Windthin

Third Feeding 2 by Windthin

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DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 9, 2015, 2:26 AM
Q:  How long have you been on DeviantArt?
A:  Seven, nearly eight, years.

Q:  What does your username mean?
A:  Windthin is the name of my first roleplay character, a Zephyr Illusionist, member of a winged race.  This character proved somewhat prophetic, even though at the time I made it to fill a niche I saw empty; I've since become a bird owner and known for my ability with avians in general, and a lot of the traits from this character seem to define me well.

Q:  Describe yourself in three words.
A:  Mad waking dreamer.

Q:   Are you left or right handed?
A:  Technically right, though I find that there are things I do better with my left.

Q:  What was your first deviation?
A:  I am no longer certain; I know I had some posts in 2007 when I joined, but I cannot see them up any longer, and suspect I probably replaced them at some point.  The oldest deviations I can find after quite a bit of looking are from late 2009, well after I joined.  I've posted so many deviations that the stats section doesn't even register much of my best work any longer, sadly.

Q:  What is your favourite type of art to create?
A:  I truly can't answer this; I love to create period.  I love to cook and record the recipes, to craft jewelry, clothing, and various props and accessories, to take photos, design graphics, write, and so much more; besides this, I also have DJed for a little online radio station for nearly 11 years now and interviewed a number of artists and personalities, and I have made some music of my own, as well as being known for my bumps and special programming.  All told, I try not to limit myself to any one field; I go where my interests take me.

Q:  If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
A:   I can admit that I wish I could draw, to put a lot of the crazy ideas in my head to pictures, but I am pretty good with words.  I'd love to be able to push my steampunk creations to new heights, too, and I am currently striving to master gluten-free baking, and gradually succeeding.

Q:  What was your first favourite?
A:  Arctic Giant 2 by bridge-troll

Q:  What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
A:  Do you know, I am not certain. I suspect probably drawings or photography, but I will favorite anything that catches my eye.

Q:   Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
A:  Oh, dear me, that is absolutely impossible to answer.  There are so many good ones; there's a reason I have five pages of watched deviants, and that number will probably hit six before the year is out.

Q:  If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
A:  Again, you're never going to get a definitive answer out of me for this; I love to meet other artists period and talk inspiration and ideas.  I can think of any number I'd love to chatter away with, though I think some of the ones I'd most like to speak to are the ones who work with hands-on crafts like jewelry, carving, clothes, etc.

Q:  How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
A:  When my parents passed, I received a number of good wishes, and I've tried to give back where I can, when I can.  It's not always easy with my hectic life; I especially enjoy being able to share recipes with the two Celiacs groups, as I feel like I am helping people there.

Q:  What are your preferred tools to create art?
A:  Ooooh, another tough one.  I work in so many different media.  My camera, which was a present both from my wife's parents and my own deceased parents, and so is very precious to me.  My computer, which lets me edit photos and make and share music and tinker with graphics and write journals and poems and stories and SO much more.  My kitchen, where I devise all manner of delectable recipes.  My jeweler's tools and tool box, which I use to make jewelry, steampunk clothing, and accessories.

Q:  What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
A:  My kitchen, my home... the world.  I take so many great pictures out and about, just wandering.  And I'd wager I am the only person around who goes into hardware stores and skateboard shops and antique stores looking for odds and ends to make clothes out of.

Q:  What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
A:  I think the sheer delight and surprise I felt when so very many people favorited my Steampunk Colors and Metals Tutorial in such a short time still lives with me; to this day I am always thrilled and pleased when somebody new discovers it, and always hope that those who are aware of it have found it useful.

Raccoon Journal 3 - Enter the Foxes

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 5, 2015, 2:36 AM
This journal is from my third week this year of volunteer work at our county wildlife rescue center, on June 6th.  It was quite the interesting week, as I was sent in to cut back the trees in the big aviary, quite the task.  This week also saw many new arrivals.

Not all of the interesting animals around the center are in need of rescue. Take this common House Wren, nesting in a gourd-made birdhouse hanging on the center grounds.  A bold little bird, it likes to scold those who get too close to its nest.

House Wren 1a by Windthin
House Wren 1 by Windthin House Wren 2 by Windthin House Wren 3 by Windthin
House Wren 2a by Windthin
House Wren 3a by Windthin

Here is the Aviary after I was through with it.
 Trimmed Aviary by Windthin
Trimmed Aviary 1 by Windthin

We are up to three Goslings this week.

Three Goslings 1a by Windthin
Three Goslings 1 by Windthin Three Goslings 2 by Windthin Three Goslings 3 by Windthin

Not all tales end happily when you do rescue work; last year an injured baby Red-Tailed Hawk, later named Eragon, was raised at the center.  I mistook the bird below for it, but later learned that Eragon sadly had to be put down; his injuries never did heal well, and simply caused him too much pain.  His life would not have been a good one, sadly.  I know little of this hawk save that it was imprinted on humans and so cannot be released, and so has become another permanent resident.  At present he's Vinnie's new roommate, and I think my favorite turkey vulture will be good for him.

NOT Eragon 4 by Windthin
NOT Eragon 1 by Windthin NOT Eragon 2 by Windthin NOT Eragon 3 by Windthin
NOT Eragon 5 by Windthin

There are two other Red-Tailed Hawks at the center presently, both babies who came in separately and are being raised up with the hopes of release.  Here they are getting some outside time in a makeshift nest.

In a Makeshift Nest 1 by Windthin
In a Makeshift Nest 2 by Windthin
In a Makeshift Nest 3 by Windthin

With the arrival of another fawn we're up to three this week.

 Fawns 2 by Windthin
Fawns 1 by Windthin Fawns 3 by Windthin Fawns 3a by Windthin Fawns 4 by Windthin
Fawns 4a by Windthin

Another new and interesting arrival: a pair of White Foxes.  They are technically domesticated but were found living feral, and their previous caretaker can no longer look after them due to illness, so they are currently residents at the center.  Whether they will remain or find another situation remains to be seen, but this illustrates the difficulties there can be with unusual animals, especially when those who look after them need looking after themselves.

Video: Domestic Foxes
 
Two  White Foxes 2 by Windthin
Two  White Foxes 1 by Windthin Two  White Foxes 3 by Windthin
Two  White Foxes 2a by Windthin
Two  White Foxes 4 by Windthin Two  White Foxes 7 by Windthin 
Two  White Foxes 5 by Windthin
Two  White Foxes 6 by Windthin Two  White Foxes 9 by Windthin 
Two  White Foxes 7a by Windthin
Two  White Foxes 10 by Windthin Two  White Foxes 10a by Windthin 
Two  White Foxes 9 by Windthin
Two  White Foxes 10b by Windthin Two White Foxes 13 by Windthin 
Two White Foxes 16 by Windthin
Two  White Foxes 10c by Windthin Two White Foxes 13a by Windthin 
Two White Foxes 18 by Windthin
Two  White Foxes 12 by Windthin Two White Foxes 14 by Windthin Two White Foxes 14a by Windthin 
Two White Foxes 19 by Windthin
Two White Foxes 13b by Windthin Two White Foxes 15 by Windthin
Two White Foxes 21 by Windthin
Two White Foxes 15a by Windthin Two White Foxes 17 by Windthin 
Two White Foxes 22 by Windthin
Two White Foxes 20 by Windthin Two White Foxes 24 by Windthin
Two White Foxes 22a by Windthin
Two White Foxes 25 by Windthin Two White Foxes 27 by Windthin
Two White Foxes 23 by Windthin
Two White Foxes 26 by Windthin Two White Foxes 28 by Windthin
Two White Foxes 27a by Windthin

As always, there are the raccoons, including this new arrival in an incubator and a tiny fellow with a healing leg.

New Raccoon by Windthin
Helping 1 by Windthin Helping 2a by Windthin
Helping 2 by Windthin

There are also always plenty of young squirrels around.

Fox Squirrel 1 by Windthin
Fox Squirrels 1 by Windthin
Fox Squirrels 1a by Windthin

And here is Vinnie, showing off in fine form!

Vinnie the Ham 1a by Windthin
Windows 1 by Windthin Windows 1a by Windthin Vinnie the Ham 1 by Windthin
Vinnie the Ham 2 by Windthin
Vinnie the Ham 2a by Windthin Vinnie the Ham 3a by Windthin Vinnie the Ham 4 by Windthin
Vinnie the Ham 3 by Windthin
Vinnie the Ham 5 by Windthin Vinnie the Ham 6 by Windthin
Vinnie the Ham 8 by Windthin
Vinnie the Ham 7 by Windthin Vinnie the Ham 9 by Windthin
Vinnie the Ham 9a by Windthin
Vinnie the Ham 10 by Windthin Vinnie the Ham 10a by Windthin
Vinnie the Ham 10b by Windthin

Lastly, the great horned owl with the bad eye has been moved outside with the other two; when I walked by their compound, this young owl walked up threateningly, I believe to show he was protecting the place.

Angry Young Owl 3a by Windthin
Angry Young Owl 1 by Windthin Angry Young Owl 1a by Windthin Angry Young Owl 2 by Windthin Angry Young Owl 3 by Windthin
Angry Young Owl 3b by Windthin

As always, pictures from around the center.

Bright Pink 1 by Windthin
Bright Pink 1a by Windthin Bright Pink 1b by Windthin
Bee Gardens 1 by Windthin
Bee Gardens 1a by Windthin Bee Gardens 2 by Windthin Bee Gardens 3 by Windthin
Bird Nest by Windthin
Bee Gardens 3a by Windthin Foundation by Windthin Bee Garden Petunias 1 by Windthin
Red and White by Windthin
 Iron Bars 1 by Windthin Iron Bars 1a by Windthin Iron Bars 2 by Windthin
Bee Garden Petunias 1a by Windthin

Here's are links to last week's journal.

Raccoon Journal 1 - Feathered Tales
Raccoon Journal 2 - Keeping Busy

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 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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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