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Rachel in Violet and Blue

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

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

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

Raccoon Journal 10.5 - Culver's

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


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

All taken 8-7-14.

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

Stinky.

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

Hamlet.

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

Vinnie.

Vinnie at Culver's 1 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 2 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 2a by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 2b by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 3 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 3a by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 3b by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 4 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 4a by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 5 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 6 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 7 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 7c by Windthin Vinnie at Culver's 7b by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 7c by Windthin Vinnie at Culver's 7d by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 8 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 9 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 9a by Windthin Vinnie at Culver's 10 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

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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Brushes by gvalkyrie
  • Reading: Stuart Kamnisky
  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Playing: Vampire: The Masquerade

Raccoon Journal 10 - Three-Legs and Friends

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 3, 2014, 3:23 AM


I've fallen way behind in my journals, but I am finally getting around to getting them up here.  I lost a few pictures and videos, sadly, due to glitches in my old computer.  Losses should be minimal overall, thankfully.

This journal is for 7-25-14.

I'll start with one of our interesting success stories: Three-Legs.  We don't typically name animals that will be released, but sometimes a few stand out, like Zorro last year.  This year, Three-Legs is one such case; surviving the amputation of a forelimb, he is still quite capable of clambering about, and was eventually released with the rest of this year's young raccoons.  Here are some pictures of him:

Three-Legs 1 by Windthin
Three-Legs 2 by Windthin Three-Legs 2a by Windthin Three-Legs 2b by Windthin
Three-Legs 4a by Windthin
Three-Legs 4 by Windthin Three-Legs 3 by Windthin Three-Legs 5 by Windthin
Three-Legs 6 by Windthin
Three-Legs 7 by Windthin Three-Legged Raccoon 1 by Windthin Three-Legged Raccoon 2 by Windthin
Three-Legged Raccoon 3 by Windthin
Three-Legs 8 by Windthin Three-Legs 9 by Windthin Three-Legs 10 by Windthin
Three-Legged Raccoon 4 by Windthin
Three-Legged Raccoon 4a by Windthin Three-Legged Raccoon 5a by Windthin Three-Legged Raccoon 6 by Windthin
Three-Legged Raccoon 5 by Windthin
Three-Legged Raccoon 7 by Windthin Three-Legged Raccoon 7a by Windthin Three-Legged Raccoon 6a by Windthin

Amusingly, somebody who will become a permanent resident doesn't have a name yet; Mamma Possum here had nine babies, six of whom survived to be released.  She was hit by a car, and is blind now and perhaps entirely deaf as well, but still gets around fine and seems to retain her other senses; those long whiskers really help her.

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

Here we have one of the many baby bunnies who come in.  They're tough to rehab; about half survive, and this percentage apparently is duplicated in the wild.  Here you can see how difficult feeding is in some pics.

Baby Bunny by Windthin
Feeding the Baby Bunny 3 by Windthin
Feeding the Baby Bunny 1 by Windthin Feeding the Baby Bunny 2 by Windthin

We have a lot of young birds yet, including a rather loud little Cedar Waxwing.

Video: Baby Cedar Waxwing and Mourning Dove
Video: Feed the Little Birds

Little Cedar Waxwing 1 by Windthin
Little Cedar Waxwing 2 by Windthin

Here is another of our Raccoons, a very tiny one that was born well after all of the others this season.  Where most are already outside at this point, this little one didn't even have his eyes open yet.  Included below are two videos.


Video: Tiny Raccoon

Tiny Raccoon 2 by Windthin
Tiny Raccoon 1 by Windthin Tiny Raccoon 3 by Windthin
Tiny Raccoon 4 by Windthin
Tiny Raccoon 5 by Windthin
Tiny Raccoon 6 by Windthin Tiny Raccoon 7 by Windthin Tiny Raccoon 8 by Windthin

Here is our young Gray Screech Owl in both video and pictures.  During the day he shares space with Stinky, a permanent resident there to help him learn how to be an owl.

Video: Young Screech Owl

Young Gray Screech Owl 1 by Windthin
Young Gray Screech Owl 1a by Windthin

All three American Kestrels were outside at this point, though one might wind up a permanent resident, as its wing has not seemed to heal properly.

American Kestrel 1a by Windthin
American Kestrel 1 by Windthin American Kestrel 1b by Windthin
American Kestrel 2 by Windthin
American Kestrel 3a by Windthin
American Kestrel 4 by Windthin
American Kestrel 5a by Windthin
American Kestrel 5 by Windthin American Kestrel 6 by Windthin
American Kestrel 7 by Windthin

Eragon is the name voted upon for the young Red-Tailed Hawk that will become another permanent resident, due to a bad wing and leg.  Here is some video, featuring both him and the gosling five, and pictures.



Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 1b by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 1 by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 1c by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 1a by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2b by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2 by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2c by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2a by Windthin

We also had a few interesting inductions this week, including a Chipmunk and a bunch of Baby Mice.

Video: Baby Mice

Chipmunk by Windthin
Baby Mice 1 by Windthin
Baby Mice 2 by Windthin Baby Mice 3 by Windthin

The Minks have been far more visible of late at this point.  Funny story; turns out at one point the head manager went to check on them and saw only two, but figured one was hiding.  Later, she checked again and saw one out moving around the barn.  Turns out they'd found a way out way in back, and were regularly venturing out to hunt, then coming back because they knew they'd get food there and it was safe.  I imagine the chipmunk population suffered a bit before their little escape tunnel was sealed up.

Video: Young Minks at Play

Young Minks 3 by Windthin
Young Minks 1 by Windthin Young Minks 3a by Windthin
Young Minks 2 by Windthin
Young Minks 4 by Windthin Young Minks 5 by Windthin Young Minks 5b by Windthin
Young Minks 5a by Windthin
Young Minks 6 by Windthin
Young Minks 6a by Windthin Young Minks 7 by Windthin
Young Minks 6b by Windthin

Here are some pictures of the four orphaned Fawns, who continue to do well in the fawn meadow.

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

A brief glimpse at the mysterious lone Wood Duck.

Spot the Wood Duck by Windthin

Almost as shy our the three Coyote Pups.

Video: Three Young Coyotes

Shy Coyote Pups 1 by Windthin
Shy Coyote Pups 2 by Windthin Shy Coyote Pups 3 by Windthin

Vinnie the Turkey Vulture is, as usual, a big ham.  He's really a sweet bird, though a bit confused by the baby vultures that are his neighbors now.

Me and Vinnie 1 by Windthin
Vinnie in the Shadows by Windthin Me and Vinnie 2 by Windthin Vinnie the Vulture by Windthin
Snack Time for Vinnie by Windthin

The young Cardinal has been moved outside into an enclosure of its own, still too ornery to be around other birds.

Young Cardinal 1 by Windthin
Young Cardinal 2 by Windthin Young Cardinal 3 by Windthin Young Cardinal 4 by Windthin

The aviary has plenty of other Birds, though.

Young Robin 1 by Windthin
Young Robin 3 by Windthin Young Robin 4 by Windthin Young Robin 5 by Windthin
Young Robin 2 by Windthin
Mourning Dove Through the Leaves by Windthin Young Robin Arriving At Wildlife Center 1 by Windthin
Young Robin 6 by Windthin
Young Robin Arriving At Wildlife Center 1a by Windthin

With Bob the rooster sadly confirmed gone, the two hens still have the run of the place, though they are going to another home eventually now.  Many of the pictures around the feeder also catch chipmunks, squirrels, and small birds in them.

Two Hens on a Picnic Table 2 by Windthin
Two Hens on a Picnic Table 1 by Windthin Two Hens on a Picnic Table 3 by Windthin Hens and Geese by Windthin
Two Hens on a Picnic Table 3a by Windthin
Hens, Geese, and Ducks by Windthin Two Hens and a Sparrow by Windthin Hens and Company 1 by Windthin
Running Hen by Windthin
Hens and Company 2 by Windthin Hens and Company 3 by Windthin
Hens and Company 4 by Windthin Hens and Company 5 by Windthin
Hen by Windthin

Here are more pictures of the Squirrels, Chipmunks, and Small Birds that gather around the front feeder.

Squirrel 1 by Windthin
At the Feeder 7 by Windthin At the Feeder 8 by Windthin At the Feeder 9 by Windthin
At the Feeder 2 by Windthin
At the Feeder 11 by Windthin At the Feeder 12 by Windthin At the Feeder 13 by Windthin
At the Feeder 1 by Windthin
At the Feeder 14 by Windthin At the Feeder 15 by Windthin At the Feeder 16 by Windthin
Squirrel 2 by Windthin At the Feeder 10 by Windthin
At the Feeder 3 by Windthin At the Feeder 4 by Windthin At the Feeder 5 by Windthin
At the Feeder 6 by Windthin
At the Feeder 17 by Windthin At the Feeder 19 by Windthin At the Feeder 20 by Windthin
At the Feeder 18 by Windthin
At the Feeder 21 by Windthin At the Feeder 23 by Windthin
At the Feeder 22 by Windthin
At the Feeder 24 by Windthin Chipmunk by Windthin
At the Feeder 25 by Windthin

A couple of pictures of the two young Great Horned Owls.

Great Horned Owl by Windthin Great Horned Owls by Windthin

Here is another permanent resident, Hamlet the Barred Owl.

Hamlet in the Shade 1 by Windthin Hamlet in the Shade 2 by Windthin
Hamlet the Barred Owl 1a by Windthin Hamlet the Barred Owl 3b by Windthin
Hamlet the Barred Owl 1 by Windthin Hamlet the Barred Owl 3 by Windthin Hamlet the Barred Owl 3a by Windthin
Hamlet the Barred Owl 2 by Windthin

These are called Raccoon journals for a reason: we have plenty!

Climbing Raccoons Animation 1 by Windthin
Climbing Raccoons Animation 1

Climbing Raccoons Animation 2 by Windthin
Climbing Raccoons Animation 2

Young Raccoons 1 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 2 by Windthin Young Raccoons 3 by Windthin Young Raccoons 4 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 1a by Windthin
Young Raccoons 7 by Windthin Young Raccoons 9a by Windthin  Young Raccoons 11 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 5 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 12 by Windthin Young Raccoons 13 by Windthin Young Raccoons 14 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 6 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 15 by Windthin Young Raccoons 16 by Windthin Young Raccoons 17 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 8 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 18 by Windthin Young Raccoons 19a by Windthin Young Raccoons 20 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 9 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 20a by Windthin Young Raccoons 20b by Windthin Young Raccoons 20c by Windthin
Young Raccoons 10 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 21 by Windthin Young Raccoons 22 by Windthin Young Raccoons 23a by Windthin
Raccoon Paw by Windthin
Young Raccoons 24 by Windthin Young Raccoons 24a by Windthin Young Raccoons 24b by Windthin
Young Raccoons 16a by Windthin
Young Raccoons 25 by Windthin Young Raccoons 26 by Windthin Young Raccoons 26a by Windthin
Young Raccoons 17a by Windthin
Young Raccoons 27 by Windthin Young Raccoons 28 by Windthin Young Raccoons 29 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 19 by Windthin


Young Raccoons 31 by Windthin Young Raccoons 29a by Windthin Young Raccoons 32 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 20c by Windthin
Young Raccoons 33 by Windthin Young Raccoons 32a by Windthin
Young Raccoons 21a by Windthin
Raccoon Triage 1 by Windthin Raccoon Triage 2 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 23 by Windthin
Raccoon Triage 3 by Windthin Raccoon Triage 4 by Windthin 
Young Raccoons 30 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 34 by Windthin  Young Raccoons 35 by Windthin 
Raccoon Triage 1a by Windthin Raccoon Triage 3a by Windthin
Young Raccoons 36 by Windthin Young Raccoons 37 by Windthin
Raccoon Triage 4a by Windthin
Young Raccoons 34b by Windthin Young Raccoons 38 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 34a by Windthin

With the creation of the duck and goose pond, the older Ducklings and Goslings get to roam about during the day, fenced in to keep them out of trouble.

Video: Silly Goslings
Video: Picking Greens with Goslings
Video: On Top of the Falls

Orphaned Ducklings 1a by Windthin
Orphaned Ducklings 1 by Windthin Orphaned Ducklings 2 by Windthin Orphaned Goslings and Ducklings 1a by Windthin
Orphaned Goslings and Ducklings 1 by Windthin
Orphaned Goslings and Ducklings 1b by Windthin Orphaned Goslings and Ducklings 2a by Windthin Orphaned Goslings and Ducklings 2 by Windthin
Orphaned Goslings and Ducklings 3 by Windthin
Orphaned Goslings and Ducklings 4 by Windthin Orphaned Ducklings 3 by Windthin Orphaned Goslings 1 by Windthin
Follow the Leader by Windthin
Tasty Shoe 1a by Windthin Orphaned Goslings 2a by Windthin Tasty Pants 1a by Windthin
Orphaned Goslings 2 by Windthin
Tasty Shoe 3 by Windthin Tasty Shoe 4 by Windthin Tasty Shoe 5a by Windthin
Tasty Shoe 1 by Windthin
Gosling Helpers 2 by Windthin Gosling Helpers 4 by Windthin Gosling Helpers 3a by Windthin
Tasty Pants 1 by Windthin
Gosling Helpers 5 by Windthin Gosling Helpers 6 by Windthin Orphaned Ducklings 4 by Windthin
Tasty Shoe 5 by Windthin
Atop the Waterfall 1 by Windthin Atop the Waterfall 2 by Windthin Atop the Waterfall 2a by Windthin
Gosling Helpers 1 by Windthin
Atop the Waterfall 3 by Windthin Atop the Waterfall 4 by Windthin Atop the Waterfall 5 by Windthin
Gosling Helpers 3 by Windthin
Atop the Waterfall 6 by Windthin Atop the Waterfall 8a by Windthin Atop the Waterfall 9a by Windthin
Atop the Waterfall 7 by Windthin
Atop the Waterfall 10 by Windthin Atop the Waterfall 10a by Windthin
Atop the Waterfall 8 by Windthin
Atop the Waterfall 9 by Windthin

As usual, photos from around the center.

Bittersweet Nightshade Berries and Flowers 1 by Windthin Bittersweet Nightshade Berries and Flowers 2 by Windthin Bittersweet Nightshade Berries 1 by Windthin
Bittersweet Nightshade Berries and Flowers 1a by Windthin
Sunshaded Enclosure by Windthin Bittersweet Nightshade Berries 1b by Windthin Hanging Flowers 1 by Windthin
Bittersweet Nightshade Berries 1a by Windthin
Hanging Flowers 2 by Windthin Big Red Flower 1 by Windthin
Big Red Flower 2 by Windthin Gravel and Wood Chips 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

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
  • Listening to: The Scarifyers
  • Reading: Stuart Kamnisky
  • Watching: Grimm
  • Playing: Vampire: The Masquerade
  • Eating: Caramel Apple Cake
  • Drinking: Apple Cider

Tom Mahady at Cornfest 2014

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

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

Tom Mahady at Cornfest 2014 - 1 by Windthin

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

Tom Mahady at Cornfest 2014 - 2a by Windthin

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


  • Listening to: Weird Al Yankovic
  • Reading: Stuart Kamnisky
  • Watching: Wizard Wars
  • Playing: Vampire: The Masquerade
  • Eating: Crimnara
  • Drinking: Peach Cider

Raccoon Journals 9.5 - Open House

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


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

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

Here we have a baby Turkey Vulture.

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

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

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

The Kestrels kept to themselves largely.

Kestrel in a Cage by Windthin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sedona the Barn Owl takes a bow.

Sedona Takes a Bow by Windthin

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

Open House 1 by Windthin
Open House 2 by Windthin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a brief glimpse of the Cardinal.

Cardinal by Windthin

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

Feeding Raccoons 1 by Windthin
Feeding Raccoons 2 by Windthin

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



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

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

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

Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 1 by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2 by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2a by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2b by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2c by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2d by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 3 by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 3a by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 3b by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 4d by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 4b by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 4e by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 4c by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 4 by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 4a by Windthin

Here are past journals from this year and the last one from the previous year:
Return of the Raccoon Journals
Another Week, Another Raccoon Journal
Raccoon Journal 3 - Rise of the Raccoons
Raccoon Journal 4 - Now With Mink
Raccoon Journal 5 - Bob Rules
RaccoonJournal 6 - Duck Duck Goose
Raccoon Journal 7 - July 4th Edition
Raccoon Journal 8 - Vinnie is Great
Raccoon Journal 9 - For the Birds

Raccoons 11 - A New Beginning

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Raccoon Journal 9 - For the Birds

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


This raccoon journal is for Friday, July 18th.

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

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

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

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

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



Video: Sedona
Video: Sedona and the Tap Dancer

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Stinky by Windthin Little Gray Owl by Windthin

Hamlet the Barred Owl has gotten shy of late.

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

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

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

We also got in a young, injured Sparrow.

Injured Sparrow 1 by Windthin
Injured Sparrow 2 by Windthin

We still have plenty of Robins and Starlings.

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Momma Possum by Windthin

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

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

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

Fawn 1 by Windthin
Fawn 1a by Windthin

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

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

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

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

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

Had a brief visit with Vinnie.

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

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

Video: Two Great Horned Owls

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

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

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

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

Raccoons 11 - A New Beginning

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

RIP WIP

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


WIP - Brass Boots by Windthin

WIP - Brass Boots Part 2 by Windthin

WIP - Steampunk Brass-Fitted Boots Part 3 by Windthin

WIP - Steampunk Brass-Fitted Boots Part 4 by Windthin

WIP - Steampunk Brass-Fitted Boots Part 4.5 by Windthin


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  • Reading: Stuart Kamnisky
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  • Playing: Werewolf: The Apocalypse
  • Eating: Criminara Sauce
  • Drinking: Angry Orchard Apple Ginger Cider

Raccoon Journal 8 - Vinnie is Great!

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


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

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

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

Here is the week in pictures and video.

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


Bob Closeup Animation

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

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

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



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

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


Splashing Ducklings Animation


Herding the Ducklings in for the Night Animation

Video: Flock of Five
Video: Splashing Ducklings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video: Kestrels

Kestrel by Windthin

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

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

The Great Horned Owls continue to grow.

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

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

Video: Visiting Vinnie
Video: Vinnie the Star

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

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

Video: Young Red-Tailed Hawk

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

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

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

Here are past weeks' journals:
Return of the Raccoon Journals
Another Week, Another Raccoon Journal
Raccoon Journal 3 - Rise of the Raccoons
Raccoon Journal 4 - Now With Mink!
Raccoon Journal 5 - Bob Rules
Raccoon Journal 6 - Duck Duck Goose
Raccoon Journal 7 - July 4th Edition

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


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Journal CSS made by caybeach
Brushes by gvalkyrie
  • Listening to: Bagpipe Rock
  • Reading: Stuart Kamnisky
  • Watching: The Strain
  • Playing: Changeling: The Dreaming
  • Eating: Criminara Sauce
  • Drinking: Ciderboys Pineapple Hula

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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Journal CSS made by caybeach
Brushes by gvalkyrie
  • Listening to: Bagpipe Rock
  • Reading: Stuart Kamnisky
  • Watching: The Strain
  • Playing: Changeling: The Dreaming
  • Eating: Criminara Sauce
  • Drinking: Ciderboys Pineapple Hula

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