Meadow Mueller 07/2003 - 04/2015

Meadow Mueller 07/2003 - 04/2015

September 24, 2015

September With The Skunks

A highlight this September for us is seeing a pair of Skunks in odd hours, under better light conditions than the middle of the night in the darkness. Many morns and eves one or both have been spotted in the garden beneath the feeder pole. 7am and 7pm, give or take 15 minutes. How cool is that? Well, if you love nature and wildlife, you will agree.

No real story to tell here. They show up. We watch and enjoy the show. I sneak outside as quiet as I can be, find myself a position to hunker down in and try for photos and videos. The encounters get pretty close at times as they forage about, sometimes coming within 4 or 5 feet of me. I remain still and eventually they figure out I am there and back away.

Today one of them was out there up until about 7:45am. He was even chasing the Squirrels out of the feeding zone. Comical to see.

Here are a few photos from the last couple weeks of creatures many of us see only after dark.

Just before dark.

Seems someone else likes to watch them too!  Normally I chase all cats out of the backyard, but for this moment, I sat back and watched, curious what would happen.  The cat wandered off after about 10 minutes or so.

Pausing to look at his friend the Frog, whom he sees every visit to our garden.

I think this is the best of the photos I've gotten of them this year, perhaps ever.  The Salvia flowers sure add a blast of color to the photo.

A rainy morning.

This one, lacking much of the white stripe, showed up on my birthday...  September 15th!

The one from this morning, being September 24th.

It's been a great season for seeing these guys! And to see them more than the Raccoons is a nice change.

Here is a short video from this morning if you want to see some live foraging action.

All this diversity at home, when it happens, sure makes it less desirable to go out to other places and look for things.

Thanks for stopping in!


Cheryl said...

Fascinating post, Rob. I love the photos. Living in a highrise, the closest I get to skunks these days is their 'perfume' wafting through my bedroom window late at night. Nice to see them up close and personal.

Unknown said...

Great pics Rob! Wish my husband had a camera when he opened the door to take the boys (2 lab crosses) out for their walk late last night. He was right outside the garage door! They were all shocked and my husband closed the door on one of the dogs and had to drag him back inside. Right after that he opened the door and the startled skunk had removed himself from the scene. Then again, I don't think my husband would have had time to use the camera. I'm glad you had the opportunity!

Rob said...

Thanks for the comments!

Always enjoy a good Skunk story myself. A good laugh after due to a scare moment, eh.