racoon, originally uploaded by MunLtStmpr.

Actually, there were three of them. They're not little but I'm sure they're not done growing yet. Cute as anything but rather disconcerting that they're not spooked off by the deck light, the sound of us trying not to squeal, or the flash from the camera. Other than that, they were acting normal.

I put a bird feeder out this year and have discovered how amazing birdwatching is, even just on my deck. And how resourceful squirrels are... 5 birdfeeders and counting. The first 3 were plastic that they quickly destroyed. The most recent one is supposed to be more squirrel resistant than #4, but we'll see. I'm not very optimistic and don't mind them eating... just annoying to refill the feeder every day. I'm wondering how the raccoons will fare against the squirrels.