Lots going on here.... including rain for days, nine days in May in a row, in fact.
Let's get caught up!
Wanda, the Ferocious Feral, was giving me hints that she was ready to go.
She never calmed down, though I caught her playing throughout the days on the camera.
She was still enough of a kitten that she played with the toys I had in the little red hen house with her.
I released her on May 23rd, before dark, but she waited until after 8 to go out.
She is coming in and out regularly, but the problem (that I knew would happen) is that
the raccoons immediately found the food source.
That's a nursing mother who has been going in and out.
I have food here, in the old garage (used for storage), in the pasture feeder (the one on stilts),
and on the porch. One raccoon comes in daylight, and this mama above showed up on camera yesterday at 3:15 in the afternoon, she must be very hungry.
Last night, I thought for a minute I had left a hen out, I saw movement by the big hen house... it was Wanda. I put some food near the water bowl there, since she has found it.
Barring any animal attacks, I think she will do okay.
Miss Molly is now going out during the daytime. At the feed store, she
was an indoor-outdoor cat who stayed mostly indoors.
I started letting her out two weeks ago, with some trepidation... the fact the
mama raccoon came during the day worries me.
(not from a rabies standpoint, from a Molly could be stupid and try to fight
She goes in and out, I usually let her out very early in the morning, and then she
comes in and out. She is never out until dark, I am not trusting enough. And, of course,
if I ever see her go for a chicken, she will be in all the time.
There are a lot of baby squirrels here now. They have to taste everything.
Sorry for the shot through the window, but an indigo bunting has been visiting regularly.
(and oh yes, I was down at face level)
Raccoons don't like the oranges (tho they go for the jelly)... but the squirrels love them.
In a way, I am glad the orioles are only here for a few weeks, as it is
a pain to refill the feeder with sugar water, I have to wash it out with the hose because of the ants.
I'm breaking here, because I literally typed that almost three weeks ago and never finished it!
Here is the Ferocious One on the deck cam on Saturday, and, as you can see... she is doing fine!
The orioles are gone now until next year, they only stay about three weeks.
I'm glad, because it is a PAIN to keep that station clean.
I thought this was funny.... look at the temperature!
It wasn't, though we have had 100 degree days and many with the "feels like" over 100.
We were expecting storms last night, and they did not happen, despite a lot of thunder.
It is cooler today, though, thank heavens.
I have another picture, if I can find it.
And..... BABY SEASON is upon us!
Have a good week, everyone!