Be Our Guest! Be Our Guest! Be Our Guest!

We get some interesting visitors here at Casa Rumpydog y June Buggie.

A few mornings ago, this little fella was hanging out near my car.

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He was wary of me, but poked his head out just enough to see what the heck I was doing.
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He decided I posed no immediate danger, but high-tailed it out of here just in case.

A few mornings ago Rumpy noticed someone had been sitting on our front stoop, so he and I went to investigate and discovered a young opossum sitting atop a fence post. It was too dark to get a decent photo, and I needed both hands to remind Rumpy that opossums are not a dog’s best friend.

A cute green lizard was playing on the gate when we returned from our evening walk yesterday, but he was camera-shy.

The place is teeming with squirrels. There’s an old pecan tree in my yard, and my neighbor has one as well. I’m sure those squirrels are still munching on pecans from last fall.

Sadly, we noticed that one of the neighborhood raccoons was hit and killed by a car. Rest in peace, raccoon.

What creatures visit your neighborhood?

45 thoughts on “Be Our Guest! Be Our Guest! Be Our Guest!

      1. Well l live in a condominium now. I see deer though, which frightens me in my small city, because I worry about their safety. We must be encroaching on their land too. I see jack rabbits and birds. Last year a gentleman friend had a houseguest with an extra houseguest. A five-foot snake, likely a non-venomous rat snake, although no guarantees. His brave and lovely dog Lucy, a Jack Russell Terrier, dealt with the uninvited guest. As a North Carolina transplant, from Western Washington, I am not great with snakes. We haven’t many snakes in Seattle, and none are poisonous. I should be more generous towards snakes. However, I know they could easily harm my only family, my cats.

        In my former life in NC, we had lovely blue skinks visit, which I would liberate from curious felines. The cats would, on occasion, liberate the skinks from their detachable and I understand regeneratable tails. Stepping barefooted on a freshly discarded tails while walking on a hardwood floor in the dark was always a surprise, to say the least. I killed two copperhead snakes entering the garage, both with a garage door and then yard tools. My former spouse kept moving by hand a nest of babies to a nearby creek and they would return to a nearby shrub.

        We see opossums too: now, in my former life in NC, and in Washington state. I always need to ensure my inside-only lavender girl kitty has not escaped. In the past the stripey tails and legs of baby raccoons would cause a hunt for my seal-lynx boy. As you know, with inside pets, even the most cautious of pet parents rarely feel like we have covered all our basis.

        I know you work weekends, so I will wish you peace, and thank you for you for the challenging responsibility you undertake. You serve humanity, especially those who cannot speak for themselves.

  1. THAT is a busy neighborhood! It’s like living at the zoo! Around here, cats hide under cars and geese leave me candies called Don’t-You-Dare in the grass. Yum!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  2. Aww poor Racoon 😦 i hate that..we have had three big roos on the highway here hit..breaks your heart..we did have a tortoise once too…bless him he let off a squirt of foul spray when we moved him to the dam..talk about ungrateful 🙂 i do love new visitors 🙂 🙂 hugs Fozziemum x

  3. We are visited by racoons, skunks, squirrels (grey, black & red), rabbits, and chipmunks on a regular basis. Have seen coyotes, foxes and groundhogs occasionally. Feathered visitors are bluejays, cardinals, american goldfinch, juncos, chickadees (love them!), robins, grackles, red-wing blackbirds, crows, cowbirds, woodpeckers, starlings and a few others whose names escape me at present. We also see the odd hawk who pops by to keep everything under control, and turkey vultures who stay high and survey for anything that’s nice and dead. Many a missing cat or small dog has been blamed on the hawks!

    1. We used to live in a rural area, and at night I could hear coyotes howling at night. It was such a lonesome sound. Would send shivers up my spine.

  4. Oh I’m sorry the racoon was hit by a car. RIP little friend. We have a racoon family living under our front deck. Possums, squirrels, bears, foxes, coyotes, deer, mountain lions, bobcats, lotsa snakes, and all sorts of birds. Families have horses, alpacas, lamas, chickens… That’s ’nuff out of me. But… I was surprised to see that turtle and wondered if it was someone’s pet broken loose or do they run wild there? Happy weekend in your home surrounded in glorious nature. 🙂

    1. Turtles lives here in the wild. Certain times of the year ya have to be really careful because, for some reasons, turtles try to figure out why the chicken crossed the road. The consequences are disastrous, as you can imagine.

    1. We do see the odd turkey vulture around occasionally, but they never went after that possum that was hit by a car nearby. Of course, the street the possum was on was far busier.

  5. Mainly birds and squirrels, these days. When I was a child, there were hares, and maybe 7-8 years ago, we’ve seen badgers. It’s quite a small town. Very rarely, what we call an elk and you call moose, might get lost and run around in the street looking for a way out.

  6. So sad about the racoon, they take their chances when they enter any human domain I guess. You see quite a lot of wildlife where you are. We don’t have racoons or tortoises here in Oz.
    I live on the edge of town at the bottom of a mountain, where we enjoy a variety of birds and parrots flying over and sitting on our fence – the sulphur crested cockatoo, kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, and even pelicans! There are ducks, geese, crows, tiny little fairy wrens living in my hedges for protection from the big birds, the odd fox, lots of geckos and lizards, and sometimes snakes. Kangaroos and sometimes koalas when I drive past the nearby nature reserve.

    1. Wow! That sure is a lot to see! Sounds exciting. The problem with wild animals is that as their habitat disappears, they move into town. Then they find well-meaning souls to feed them, or steal food meant for feral cats. But it’s not good to feed these creatures, as it teaches them to depend on humans for food, and puts them at risk.

  7. Oh…..I’ m very sorry for the raccoons…please Rip, raccoons…..
    When we used to have a camellia tree in our small garden, a pair of white-eye came to it during winter….which looked very peaceful….but now almost all green plants have gone, so we don’t have cute visitors…….

  8. Poor little Racoon. To see a turtle is very exciting, we don’t see them often here but we do get the occasional Koala, green tree snakes, wallabies, possums and lizards plus lots of birds 🙂

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