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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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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 Fiery Feathers 6 by Windthin Big Bob 5 by Windthin
Big Bob 6a by Windthin
Big Bob 6 by Windthin Fiery Feathers 8 by Windthin Big Bob 6b by Windthin
Blazing Eye by Windthin
Bob Attacks! by Windthin Big Bob 7 by Windthin

Here's a brief look at some of the Goslings we still have.

Video: Goslings in the Shade

Goslings at Rest by Windthin

The baby Red-Tailed Hawk has undergone surgery, and now has a faux nest outside to rest in.

The Six-Million Dollar Hawk by Windthin
A Little Bit of Hawk 1 by Windthin A Little Bit of Hawk 2 by Windthin
A Little Bit of Hawk 3 by Windthin

We also have a young, injured American Kestrel now.

Wary Young Kestrel 1 by Windthin
Wary Young Kestrel 2 by Windthin Wary Young Kestrel 2a by Windthin

Our little Screech Owl friend is growing up bit by bit.

Video: A Little Friend

Fluffy Little Friend 1 by Windthin Fluffy Little Friend 2 by Windthin Fluffy Little Friend 3 by Windthin

It probably won't be long before he moves in with Stinky, a permanent resident
with a bad eye; that eye actually had to be removed since last summer.

Got My Eye On You 1 by Windthin
Got My Eye On You 2 by Windthin Got My Eye On You 3 by Windthin Got My Eye On You 4 by Windthin
Got My Eye On You 4a by Windthin
Got My Eye On You 4d by Windthin Got My Eye On You 4c by Windthin Got My Eye On You 4e by Windthin
Got My Eye On You 4b by Windthin
Got My Eye On You 5a by Windthin Got My Eye On You 5 by Windthin Here, Now,  What's All This? by Windthin
Here, Now,  What's All This? - a by Windthin

The sunburned Raccoons continue to heal slowly.

The Need to Rescue 6 by Windthin The Need to Rescue 7 by Windthin The Need to Rescue 8 by Windthin

Meanwhile, we have some pretty feisty new arrivals, some of which require gloves
either to get out of the cages or even while feeding!
I also only now realize that with the vivid setting used on my camera, I look like Mario in some of these shots.

Video: After Dinner

Feisty Little Raccoon 1a by Windthin
Feisty Little Raccoon 1 by Windthin Feisty Little Raccoon 1b by Windthin Feisty Little Raccoon 2 by Windthin
Feisty Little Raccoon 3 by Windthin
Escape Plan 2 by Windthin Escape Plan 3 by Windthin
Dinner Time by Windthin
Set Raccoon to Vibrate by Windthin Raccoon Rehab by Windthin

The two young Great Horned Owls are still doing well.

Video: Two Little Owlets

Two Great Horned Owlets 1 by Windthin Two Great Horned Owlets 2 by Windthin Two Great Horned Owlets 3 by Windthin
Two Great Horned Owlets 4 by Windthin Two Great Horned Owlets 5 by Windthin Two Great Horned Owlets 6 by Windthin

Heeeeere's Vinnie!

Video: Vinnie Paces

Framed by Windthin Vinnie's Talons by Windthin Vinnie Framed 2 by Windthin
Vinnie Framed 1 by Windthin
Vinnie Framed 2b by Windthin Vinnie Framed 3 by Windthin
Vinnie Framed 2a by Windthin
Vinnie the Vulture 1 by Windthin Vinnie the Vulture 2 by Windthin

A big arrival is three baby Minks; their fur is such a dark brown it looks black in the shadows.
I think of them as tiny ninjas.  I had not even known we had them in the area!

Video: Elusive Little Minks
Video: Tiny Little Mink
Video: Young Minks
Video: Baby Minks (with commentary from Hamlet the Barred Owl)



Tiny Little Minks 1 by Windthin Tiny Little Minks 3 by Windthin  Tiny Little Minks 6 by Windthin
Tiny Little Minks 2 by Windthin
Tiny Little Minks 7 by Windthin Tiny Little Minks 8 by Windthin Tiny Little Minks 8b by Windthin
Tiny Little Minks 4 by Windthin
Tiny Little Minks 9 by Windthin Tiny Little Minks 10 by Windthin Tiny Little Minks 11 by Windthin
Tiny Little Minks 5 by Windthin
Tiny Little Minks 13a by Windthin Tiny Little Minks 15 by Windthin Tiny Little Minks 19 by Windthin
Tiny Little Minks 13 by Windthin
Tiny Little Minks 20 by Windthin Tiny Little Minks 21 by Windthin
Tiny Little Minks 6a by Windthin
Tiny Little Minks 8a by Windthin
Tiny Little Minks 12 by Windthin
Tiny Little Minks 14 by Windthin
Tiny Little Minks 16 by Windthin
Tiny Little Minks 17 by Windthin
Tiny Little Minks 18 by Windthin

Here are some beautiful shots of Sedona the Barn Owl.
She is a new permanent resident.



Beautiful Sedona 1 by Windthin
Beautiful Sedona 1a by Windthin Beautiful Sedona 2 by WindthinBeautiful Sedona 3 by Windthin
Beautiful Sedona 4 by Windthin
Beautiful Sedona 5 by Windthin Beautiful Sedona 6 by Windthin
Beautiful Sedona 7 by Windthin
Beautiful Sedona 8 by Windthin
Beautiful Sedona 9 by Windthin
Beautiful Sedona 10 by Windthin

Pictures from around the property.

Pale Green by Windthin Big Ball of Dandelion Fluff by Windthin Ethereal Ball of Seeds 3 by Windthin
Ethereal Ball of Seeds 1 by Windthin
Ethereal Ball of Seeds 4 by Windthin Ethereal Ball of Seeds 5 by Windthin Ethereal Ball of Seeds 6 by Windthin
Ethereal Ball of Seeds 2 by Windthin
Ethereal Ball of Seeds 7 by Windthin Ethereal Ball of Seeds 8 by Windthin Ethereal Ball of Seeds 9 by Windthin
Blue and Brown 1 by Windthin
Ethereal Ball of Seeds 10 by Windthin Big Brown Eye by Windthin Blue and Brown 2 by Windthin
Minute by Windthin

Links to the first three Raccoon Journals this year:
Return of the Raccoon Journals
Another Week, Another Raccoon Journal
Raccoon Journal 3: Rise of the Raccoons

And the last journal of last year:
Raccoons 11 - A New Beginning

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Raccoon Journal 3: Rise of the Raccoons

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 13, 2014, 9:44 PM


This week's entry is actually last week's entry.  Er, let's start that over. This is last week's entry a week late.
This week's entry will be coming in the next few days.

This is from my third week back at the wildlife rescue center.

First, a few pictures from our Small Birds
Surreal Little Finches by Windthin Surreal Aviary 1 by Windthin Surreal Aviary 3 by Windthin
Surreal Aviary 2 by Windthin
Surreal Aviary 4 by Windthin Surreal Aviary 5 by Windthin Young Robin by Windthin
Young Pigeon 2 by Windthin
Young Pigeon 1 by Windthin Young Pigeon 4 by Windthin Young Pigeon 5 by Windthin
Young Pigeon 3 by Windthin

I've finally learned to tell the difference between Fox Squirrels and Gray Squirrels
Young Gray Squirrels 1 by Windthin Young Gray Squirrels 2a by Windthin Young Gray Squirrels 3 by Windthin
Young Gray Squirrels 2 by Windthin
Young Gray Squirrels 3a by Windthin Young Gray Squirrels 4 by Windthin Young Gray Squirrels 4 by Windthin
Young Gray Squirrels 3b by Windthin
Young Fox Squirrel 1 by Windthin Pinkie Squirrel by Windthin Young Fox Squirrel 2 by Windthin
Can I Have This Dance? by Windthin

We also still have Goslings

Video: Two Goslings

Three Goslings by Windthin Gosling Enclosures by Windthin

What is a Raccoon Journal without Raccoons?
Well, this one isn't one of ours; it was caught by accident in a trap meant for a feral cat.
Not to worry, I released it after this.
Trapped Like a Raccoon in a Cage 1 by Windthin Trapped Like a Raccoon in a Cage 2 by Windthin Trapped Like a Raccoon in a Cage 2a by Windthin
Trapped Like a Raccoon in a Cage 2b by Windthin
Trapped Like a Raccoon in a Cage 2c by Windthin Trapped Like a Raccoon in a Cage 3 by Windthin

These Raccoons are ours.  Well, until they are old enough to be released.

Video: Mischievous Raccoon

Hungry Baby Raccoon by Windthin Poor Little One by Windthin The Need to Rescue 3 by Windthin
The Need to Rescue 1 by Windthin The Need to Rescue 2 by Windthin
The Need to Rescue 4 by Windthin The Need to Rescue 5 by Windthin Who's Really In Charge Here? 1 by Windthin
Who's Really In Charge Here? 2 by Windthin Who's Really In Charge Here? 3 by Windthin Who's Really In Charge Here? 4 by Windthin

A rare treat, some Rabbits.  We have plenty, but I rarely get pictures, as
they're difficult to rehab and spend most of their time unseen.
Feeding Equipment by Windthin Rescued Baby Bunny 1 by Windthin Rescued Baby Bunny 2 by Windthin
You Will Pay For This Indignity by Windthin

The Possums are doing well; we also have a lone possum supposedly, though I've never seen it.
My running joke is that it doesn't really exist.

Video: Mother and Babies

A Pouchful of Babies 1 by Windthin A Pouchful of Babies 2 by Windthin
A Pouchful of Babies 3 by Windthin

We've gone from two Fawns to four!

Video: Three Fawns... no Four!
Video: Multiplying Fawns

Fawntiplication 1 by Windthin Fawntiplication 2 by Windthin Fawntiplication 3 by Windthin
Fawntiplication 4 by Windthin
Fawntiplication 5 by Windthin Fawntiplication 6 by Windthin Fawntiplication 7 by Windthin
Fawntiplication 4a by Windthin
Fawntiplication 9 by Windthin Fawntiplication 10 by Windthin Fawntiplication 11 by Windthin
Fawntiplication 8 by Windthin
Fawntiplication 12 by Windthin Fawntiplication 13 by Windthin Fawntiplication 14 by Windthin
Fawntiplication 15 by Windthin
Fawntiplication 16 by Windthin

Here's Bob Again!


Video: Bob Struts His Stuff to Nikhil Gangavane's The Michael Jackson Anthem

Here also is a video of me, Hamlet, and Bob talking.
Video: A Curious Conversation With An Owl and a Rooster

We have a new screech owl in.  I don't have pictures of it in this journal, but I do have a couple of pictures of permanent resident Stinky, who has been placed next to him to help them get to know each other so the new arrival will have company.
Brother Stinky 1 by Windthin Brother Stinky 2 by Windthin

We have a pair of young Great Horned Owls



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

Vinnie Always Has Something to Say

Video: Hello, Vinnie!
Video: Vinnie Poses

Vinnie Says Hi! 1 by Windthin Vinnie Says Hi! 2 by Windthin Vinnie Preens by Windthin
Vinnie Says Hi! 3 by Windthin Vinnie's Wingspan 2 by Windthin Vinnie's Wingspan 1 by Windthin Vinnie's Wingspan 3 by Windthin
Vulture Talons 1 by Windthin Vulture Talons 2 by Windthin Vinnie Says Hi! 4 by Windthin
Vinnie's Closeup 1 by Windthin
Vinnie's Closeup 2a by Windthin Eye of the Vulture by Windthin Vinnie Says Hi! 5 by Windthin
Vinnie's Closeup 2 by Windthin
Vinnie Says Hi! 6 by Windthin Vinnie in Profile by Windthin

Here are some better shots of the Baby Red-Tailed Hawk
A Basketful of Baby Hawk 1 by Windthin A Basketful of Baby Hawk 2 by Windthin A Basketful of Baby Hawk 4b by Windthin
A Basketful of Baby Hawk 4 by Windthin
A Basketful of Baby Hawk 4a by Windthin A Basketful of Baby Hawk 3 by Windthin

Other Random Photos from the Center
Long Long Legs 1 by Windthin
Long Long Legs 1a by Windthin Long Long Legs 2 by Windthin Long Long Legs 3 by Windthin
Long Long Legs 4 by Windthin Long Long Legs 5 by Windthin Ants on Leaves by Windthin
Green on Blue by Windthin
Samaras 1 by Windthin Samaras 2 by Windthin
Beautiful Blue 1 by Windthin Beautiful Blue 2 by Windthin
Big Ant 1 by Windthin Big Ant 2 by Windthin

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Another Week, Another Raccoon Journal

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 3, 2014, 4:20 PM


Here is my second raccoon journal of the year.  It was quite the eventful day, as I am certain you will see.  I have plenty of pictures and video both, so let's dive right in!

Bob the rooster opens things up for us again.

Bold Bob
Bob and Friend

Bob's Territory 1 by Windthin
Bob's Territory 2 by Windthin Bob's Territory 2a by Windthin Bob's Territory 3 by Windthin
Bob's Territory 4b by Windthin
Bob's Territory 4a by Windthin Bob's Territory 4 by Windthin

We have quite the bevy of Squirrels as well

Lunch Time with Raccoons and Squirrel

In the Shade 1 by Windthin In the Shade 2 by Windthin In the Shade 3 by Windthin
Juvenile Fox Squirrel by Windthin
Young Fox Squirrel 1 by Windthin Young Fox Squirrel 2 by Windthin Hanging Around 1 by Windthin
Young Fox Squirrels 1 by Windthin
Hanging Around 2 by Windthin Little Pink Squirrel 1 by Windthin Little Pink Squirrel 2 by Windthin
Young Fox Squirrels 2 by Windthin

The Gosling we brought in two weeks ago is doing well, and has another companion now.

Three Little Goslings
Three Healthy Goslings

Three Little Goslings 1 by Windthin Gosling Rescue Story by Windthin Three Little Goslings 2 by Windthin

We also have quite the number of small baby Birds to look after

Two Starlings and a Robin
Baby Birds
Young Robins

Finches 1 by Windthin Finches 2 by Windthin Two Young Robins by Windthin
Finches 1a by Windthin
A Robin Behind Netting by Windthin Teaching Assistant 1 by Windthin Teaching Assistant 3 by Windthin
Teaching Assistant 2 by Windthin
Teaching Assistant 4 by Windthin Finches 3 by Windthin Young Pigeon by Windthin
Teaching Assistant 5 by Windthin

What is a Raccoon Journal without Raccoons?

Lunch Time with Raccoons and Squirrel
Baby Red-Tailed Hawk (now with more Raccoons!)
Almost Meal Time

Lunch is Served by Windthin
Ain't Nobody Can Hold Me Down by Windthin Let Us Out! by Windthin A New Friend 2 by Windthin
A New Friend 1 by Windthin
A New Friend 3 by Windthin Dinner Time Soon by Windthin Dinner is Served 1 by Windthin
Dinner is Served 2 by Windthin

We have a mother Possum with a pouchful of babies

Hungry Momma Possum
Momma Possum and Babies

Tiny Little Possums by Windthin
Hungry Momma Possum 1 by Windthin Hungry Momma Possum 2 by Windthin Momma Possum and Babies 1 by Windthin
Possum Pouch Closeup by Windthin
Momma Possum and Babies 2 by Windthin Momma Possum and Babies 3 by Windthin Momma Possum and Babies 5 by Windthin
Curious Momma Possum by Windthin
Momma Possum and Babies 6 by Windthin Quiet Mother Possum 2 by Windthin
Momma Possum and Babies 4 by Windthin
Quiet Mother Possum 1 by Windthin Quiet Mother Possum 3 by Windthin

Sometimes I get to be there when we have a new arrival



Another recent arrival is this young, injured red-tailed hawk.

Baby Red-Tailed Hawk (now with more Raccoons!)

Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 1 by Windthin Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 2 by Windthin Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 3 by Windthin
Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 4 by Windthin Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 5 by Windthin
Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 6 by Windthin Baby Red-Tailed Hawk 7 by Windthin

No pictures of Hamlet this week, but we have this video.



Vinnie of course makes an appearance.

Vinnie Shows Off
Vinnie Wants Out

Enter Vinnie the Vulture by Windthin Vinnie Shows Off 1 by Windthin Vinnie Behind Bars 1 by Windthin
Vinnie the Vulture Framed by Windthin
Vinnie Behind Bars 2 by Windthin Vinnie Shows Off 2 by Windthin Vinnie Behind Bars 3 by Windthin
Vinnie Behind Bars 5 by Windthin Vinnie Behind Bars 4 by Windthin Vinnie Behind Bars 6 by Windthin
Why Hello There! by Windthin
Why Hello There! - A by Windthin
Why Hello There! - B by Windthin

Lastly, a few odd pictures from around the center

Abandoned Mud Wasp Hive by Windthin Sneaky Chipmunk 1 by Windthin
Sneaky Chipmunk 2 by Windthin Sneaky Chipmunk 3 by Windthin

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Return of the Raccoon Journals

Journal Entry: Tue May 27, 2014, 9:23 AM


So, it's 2014 and I've had my first day volunteering again at our local wildlife rescue center.  Quite a bit has changed, and it seems strangely quiet to me; they don't have nearly the numbers they did when I left, or when I started last year.  It's been a hard, long winter, which also caused them to start the volunteer season one week late.

I was not certain how returning here would be for me; Oaken Acres is the last place I saw my father alive.  But I believe he and my mother both would be proud of the work I am doing there.

Let's get started with a tour of the place.

Goose and Duck Pond by Windthin Racoon Pens 1 by Windthin Bird Enclosure by Windthin
Small Enclosures by Windthin Quarantine Building by Windthin Raccoon Havens by Windthin
Owl Gazebos by Windthin From the Back Corner by Windthin Eagle Run by Windthin
Eagle Building by Windthin Chicken Coop by Windthin Main Building by Windthin

This is Bob the Rooster.  He arrived late last year, and they decided to keep him around for pest control.
He even has his own coop and a pair of lovely ladies to keep him company now.


Red Rooster and his Ladies

Bob the Rooster 1 by Windthin
Bob the Rooster 3 by Windthin Fiery Red Feathers 1 by Windthin
Bob the Rooster 1a by Windthin Bob the Rooster 2a by Windthin Bob the Rooster 2 by Windthin Lovely Ladies 1 by Windthin
Lovely Lady 1 by Windthin Bob the Rooster 6 by Windthin Bob the Rooster 4 by Windthin
Bob the Rooster 5 by Windthin
Lovely Ladies 2 by Windthin Lovely Ladies 3 by Windthin Fiery Red Feathers 2 by Windthin
Bob the Rooster 7 by Windthin
Bob the Rooster 8 by Windthin Bob the Rooster 10 by Windthin Bob the Rooster 9 by Windthin
Bob the Rooster 10a by Windthin
Bob the Rooster 11 by Windthin Bob the Rooster 12 by Windthin Bob the Rooster 13 by Windthin
Bob the Rooster 14a by Windthin Lovely Ladies 4 by Windthin Bob the Rooster 14 by Windthin
Bob the Rooster 15 by Windthin Lovely Lady 2 by Windthin Lovely Lady 4 by Windthin
Lovely Lady 3 by Windthin
Bob the Rooster 16 by Windthin Lovely Lady 5 by Windthin Lovely Lady 6 by Windthin
Chicken Coop by Windthin Lovely Lady 7 by Windthin Lovely Lady 8 by Windthin

It would not be a Raccoon Journal without Raccoons, would it?

Preparing to Feed the Babies

Lunch Time for the Raccoons 1 by Windthin
Lunch Time for the Raccoons 2 by Windthin Lunch Time for the Raccoons 7 by Windthin Lunch Time for the Raccoons 3 by Windthin
Lunch Time for the Raccoons 4 by Windthin
Lunch Time for the Raccoons 8 by Windthin Lunch Time for the Raccoons 11 by Windthin Lunch Time for the Raccoons 12 by Windthin
Lunch Time for the Raccoons 5 by Windthin
Lunch Time for the Raccoons 6 by Windthin
Lunch Time for the Raccoons 9 by Windthin
Lunch Time for the Raccoons 10 by Windthin
Lunch Time for the Raccoons 13 by Windthin
Lunch Time for the Raccoons 14 by Windthin
Lunch Time for the Raccoons 15 by Windthin
Lunch Time for the Raccoons 18 by Windthin Lunch Time for the Raccoons 16 by Windthin Afternoon Brunch with the Raccoons 1 by Windthin
Lunch Time for the Raccoons 17 by Windthin
Afternoon Brunch with the Raccoons 2 by Windthin Afternoon Brunch with the Raccoons 3 by Windthin Afternoon Brunch with the Raccoons 4 by Windthin
Afternoon Brunch with the Raccoons 5 by Windthin Afternoon Brunch with the Raccoons 6 by Windthin

A Few Squirrels and a Opossum
Pinky Squirrel 2 by Windthin
Pinky Squirrel 1 by Windthin Chubby Little Squirrels by Windthin Young Squirrel by Windthin Mother Possum by Windthin

Lots of baby birds, among them the gosling we rescued
Young Pigeon by Windthin Young Robin by Windthin Darling Starlings 2 by Windthin
Darling Starlings 1 by Windthin
Sparrow Chick by Windthin Wise Old Young Finch 1 by Windthin Wise Old Young Finches 1 by Windthin
Wise Old Young Finch 2 by Windthin
Wise Old Young Finch 2 by Windthin Goslings 1 by Windthin Goslings 2 by Windthin
Wise Old Young Finches 3 by Windthin
Gosling Rescue 4 by Windthin Gosling Rescue 8 by Windthin Gosling Rescue 6 by Windthin

Vinnie the Turkey Vulture
A long time resident, Vinnie has been with the center for over twenty years;
he is too acclimated to humans and simply returns if released.

Vinnie the Vulture 1
Vinnie the Vulture 2

My Pal Vinnie 1 by Windthin My Pal Vinnie 3 by Windthin My Pal Vinnie 4 by Windthin
My Pal Vinnie 2 by Windthin
My Pal Vinnie 5 by Windthin Peak-a-Boo With Vinnie by Windthin My Pal Vinnie 6 by Windthin
My Pal Vinnie 7 by Windthin My Pal Vinnie 9 by Windthin My Pal Vinnie 8a by Windthin
My Pal Vinnie 8 by Windthin
My Pal Vinnie 10 by Windthin My Pal Vinnie 11 by Windthin My Pal Vinnie 12 by Windthin

Hamlet the Barred Owl
A new resident as of last year, Hamlet is friendly and very vocal.

A Glimpse of Hamlet

Hamlet the Barred Owl 1 by Windthin Hamlet the Barred Owl 2 by Windthin Hamlet the Barred Owl 3a by Windthin
Hamlet the Barred Owl 3 by Windthin
Hamlet the Barred Owl 5a by Windthin Hamlet the Barred Owl 6 by Windthin Hamlet the Barred Owl 7 by Windthin
Hamlet the Barred Owl 4 by Windthin
Hamlet the Barred Owl 5 by Windthin

Sedona the Barn Owl
The newest permanent resident, Sedona comes all the way from Washington state.
Imprinted on humans and malnourished, her wings are non-functional, so her enclosure
is built to allow her to hop about easily.
Sedona the Barn Owl 3 by Windthin
Sedona the Barn Owl 2 by Windthin Sedona the Barn Owl 3a by Windthin Sedona the Barn Owl 4 by Windthin
Sedona the Barn Owl 1 by Windthin

Some Scenes from Around the Center
A Robin at the Goose Pond 1 by Windthin A Robin at the Goose Pond 2 by Windthin Suspended in Time 2 by Windthin
Suspended in Time 1 by Windthin
Suspended in Time 3 by Windthin Suspended in Time 4 by Windthin Little Striped Spider 1 by Windthin
 Mud Wasp Nest 2 by Windthin Little Striped Spider 2 by Windthin Mud Wasp Nest 1 by Windthin
Little Striped Spider 3 by Windthin
Mud Wasp Nest 3 by Windthin Old Swallow Nest by Windthin Big Bright Sun 1 by Windthin
Big Bright Sun 2 by Windthin
Cowardly Blue Bird by Windthin Inch Worm 1 by Windthin Inch Worm 2 by Windthin
Inch Worm 2a by Windthin
Grizzled Friend by Windthin Nyah Nyah! by Windthin You Have Beautiful Eyes 1 by Windthin
You Have Beautiful Eyes 2 by Windthin You Have Beautiful Eyes 3 by Windthin Turkey Vulture in the Sky by Windthin



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Criminara Countdown

Journal Entry: Sun May 25, 2014, 7:50 AM
This is my fourth year running I've made something I call my Criminara sauce.  I can only make it during a few weeks in the months of May and June, as it requires access to black velvet apricots, which are shipped in to our local Hy-Vee from California.  They were a special draw when the store first opened, and I look forward eagerly to their arrival ever since.

I call it 'Criminara' because of its strong resemblence in appearance to marinara sauce, and its strong, crimson coloration.  My wife, Rachel, has become deathly allergic to tomatoes since having her appendix removed some six years ago now, and this is one of many methods I've devised to make fruit-based pasta sauces for her.  I often use other stone fruits (nectarines, plums, cherries, apricots, and peaces) with mangoes for other sauces, but I only get to make two or three batches of Criminara a year.

When I make Criminara, I tend to make enough for two to three meals, stretching it as best I can; I'll often mix portions for myself with normal spaghetti sauce so that there's more for Rachel, though I only do this for subsequent meals, and naturally away from her portion.

The first year I made Criminara (2011) I did not have ready access to a camera yet, so there are no pictures.  There are only these links:

Kohlrabi Chicken with Criminara Sauce
Summer Turkey and Onions with Criminara Sauce over Pasta

Here are my efforts from other years:

2012
Criminara Sauce by Windthin  Caribbinara Chicken Sauce by Windthin  Tangy Turkey and Rice by Windthin  Criminara and Turkey-Persimmon Sauces by Windthin  Messy Marvins by Windthin

Summer Turkey Sauce on Roasted Spaghetti Squash by Windthin

2013
Criminara and Bison-Lamb Sauces by Windthin  Criminara Bacon-Chicken-Sweet Onion-Mango Pizza by Windthin

Criminara Bacon-Turkey Ham-Mango-Green Olive Pizza by Windthin  Criminara and Cucumber-Pork Sauces by Windthin

2014
Criminara 2014 by Windthin  Criminara Ribs and Pasta by Windthin  Criminara Shish Kebabs by Windthin




Brave Little Coot

Journal Entry: Mon May 5, 2014, 6:25 PM


Every Spring the coots come through on their way north.  Not many; I usually see about eight or nine, scattered among the various ponds.  This is my first year getting a look at them with my new camera, and we have a particular brazen specimen!  About 95% of these photos, taken on Thursday May 1st and Saturday May 3rd, and all of the videos linked below are of him.  I watched him chase other coots, back down several geese, go foraging for food right by several that were nesting, and come within five feet of where I sat!

Videos:
A Coot Among Geese
American Coot, Canada Geese
American Coot, Canada Geese (with music)(
Little Coot


Pictures:
Springtime American Coot 1 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 2 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 3 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 4 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 5 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 6 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 8 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 9 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 7 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 10 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 11 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 12 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 13 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 15 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 16 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 14 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 16a by Windthin Springtime American Coot 18 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 19 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 17 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 20 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 22 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 24 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 21 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 25 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 26 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 27 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 23 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 29 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 30 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 31 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 28 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 32 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 34 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 37 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 36 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 38 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 39 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 40 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 35 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 41 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 42 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 43 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 33 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 44 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 45 by Windthin Springtime American Coot 47 by Windthin
Springtime American Coot 46 by Windthin
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