30 January 2020
I was surprised today to look out the window and see a Raccoon (Procyon lotor) ambling along the fence.
Surprised, because Racoons are generally nocturnal animals and are seldom active before dark. Today was not even a dull, gloomy day, so why this animal was abroad during daylight hours is a bit of a mystery. Furthermore it had the appearance of a very healthy animal with no signs of sickness or distress. I would expect it to be sleeping away the day in the crotch of a tree or tucked into a hole in an old trunk. In severe winter weather Raccoons become dormant, but winter so far has been anything but severe.
When the weather gets warmer I bring my bird feeders in at night so that marauding Racoons cannot knock them to the ground. This especially occurs if a female with half-grown young happens by.
It was a pleasant enough encounter for Miriam and me, but I suspect that people in the neighbourhood will not be so sanguine about seeing this animal. They are ingenious at opening up garbage cans and are a huge problem if ever they get into your attic.
It will be interesting to see whether this individual puts in an appearance again.