It seems everyone loves black-oiled sunflower seeds -- birds, squirrels, bears, and even raccoons! This little guy kept us up most of the night. I saw him come up on the deck about 4 times, but every time I tried to get a picture or turn on the light, he took off. Rick came to bed around midnight and I saw the raccoon coming back up, so I figured I'd turn on the light so he could see him. This time he didn't run away. He just sat there looking in at us and at our cat, Belle. He figured we weren't any threat, so he plopped his furry behind down on the deck railing and continued his midnight snack. Rick managed to get this picture of him -- too cute!
Raccoons are adorable critters. We had a lot of them at our house in California. I always saw their little footprints on the side of our pool. We even had an entire family drinking from our water fountain. After living in Montana for almost two and a half years, this is the first raccoon I've seen. Well, alive, I mean. I will have to be putting my feeders in soon because the bears will be coming out of hibernation. We've had a lot of snow this year and I imagine food has been hard to find. Our yard is still completely covered in snow, but up on the hill we're just starting to see little patches of dirt around the tree trunks. The news said we might get more snow tonight. He sure is cute. What should I name him? Rocky? Bandit? Belle's Boyfriend?