Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Looking for love?

Like much of suburban North America, this city makes for fine raccoon habitat. I know one or two do the rounds every night, setting off the motion-sensing security lights up and down the street, but every so often we'll see one following the same routes in broad daylight. During last summer's record-hot days, they came out from daytime hiding spots to take advantage of bird baths and fish ponds. Now, February, is the start of the breeding season in warmer parts of the continent, and occasionally during daylight hours pairs will be seen courting, which involves a lot of cat-and-mouse and alarming yowling.

I don't know what this one was looking for yesterday. Food? Water? Love?

5 comments:

Kim and Victoria said...

My guess is all three. They're adorable little pests. I can't imagine actually harming one.

Neil said...

In the states we reach for our Desert Eagle. Then we tweet about it.

Karen said...

Oh, I always attributed that awful racket to the neighbors' cats! Cute shot. Yes, they are adorable, but just hope one doesn't decide to set up a "latrine" in an area of your yard that you frequent often. Yuck. We finally outsmarted them, but it took weeks and we now have an unsightly and in-the-way row of buckets lining the top of our basement stairs to keep them from where they liked to "go"!

Hugh said...

K&V, Me neither, but see the link in the comment by Neil.

Neil, Thanks for that eye-opener. One is reminded of the scene in Tremors when the subterranean creature tried to break into the wrong goddam basement.

Amber Coakley said...

Ah, you've caught this one film! I recently spotted raccoon tracks, and was glad to see them in a wildlife preserve, near a stream...right where they belonged!