Raccoons in the Trash

April 23, 2009

photo by lexnger at flickr.com

photo by lexnger at flickr.com

Around my neighborhood there are a lot of raccoons. This is not a good thing because they can spread diseases like rabies. They will also eat almost anything,so their not afraid to dive into a trash can and eat gross stuff like banana peels. One night we heard a noise outside so we went outside to see what it was,and we heard some noises coming from inside. Then out of no where a raccoon popped its head out. It saw us but didn’t mind to much,it was busy eating something. Then we seemed to have scared it so it went behind our wine berry bush and disappeared into the night. Another time during the day we saw a raccoon disappear into a gutter. Then another day we saw a raccoon go into a neighbors backyard. We waited and waited and then the raccoons head popped out from a crack in the fence. It must have seen me because it went right back in. We gave up after that and went back inside. We haven’t seen any raccoons since then.

Sparrow Eggs

April 23, 2009

rscn34401 These are some eggs that we have found inside our grill. We think they are sparrow eggs but we don’t know for sure if they are sparrow eggs. We puzzled over how the bird got in but then I found in the back of the grill there was a place where smoke was supposed to get out that was about the size of a small bird. Once I came face to face with the mother bird who just happened to be looking out the exit when I was checking on the eggs.

Eastern Box Turtles

April 23, 2009

The eastern box turtle is a common reptile in Virginia. You can easily recognize it by its yellowish stripes. I have heard that a virginian has suggested that it should be Virginias state reptile. It hasn’t been decided yet.
We found the turtle in the picture pretty well hidden. But it didn’t stick around for very long before hiding in its shell.

A Deer in the Woods

April 23, 2009

dscn33771deer This is a picture of a deer. It is probably with another one but sometimes we see them by themselves. The most recent time we’ve seen a group of deer was when there were five deer in the open. This is the most we have ever seen in a group.We usually see three in a group(one male two females because it was mating season so there wouldn’t be two males because of competition for a mate).I followed the deer into the woods but I couldn’t go too far in because I didn’t have any shoes on. This is a white-tailed deer. They are common in Virginia and is the only kind that I have seen in my neighborhood.


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