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Raccoon Hike

Prints into the Sunset
Prints walking towards the sunset!

After work, Grace (aka Ninehtotoo5) and myself headed out to the France Brook area of Allegany State Park to enjoy a hike along the Snowmobile Trail. We quickly saw the Raven’s doing their courtship display and then heard the Red-shouldered Hawks screaming (CHECK) as if they showed up on cue. The truth is that we were after capturing a photo of this Buteo . . . which never really happened!! But we did capture some adorable Raccoon pictures.

Raccoon Prints
Raccoon Prints along the Snowmobile Trail

In the middle of our conversation . . . Grace yelled “critter” and sure enough it was this Raccoon looking for some food in the water. Further down the trail she says “awww how cute”!! She found these Raccoon prints in the snow! Finding some tiny foot prints can really make your day! What made your day today?

The cute Raccoon that we found!

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31 responses

  1. Lisa at Greenbow

    Getting all the varigated vinca vine torn out around the patio is what made my day. Couldn’t have done it without the help of my Dearly Beloved. As we worked the Cardinals and Song sparrows serenaded us. Lovely day.

    I love the first photo. It is great show of perspective. I also like the little racoon. It looks so sweet.

    13 March 2008 at 9:26 pm

  2. All the birds filling the trees around school made my day: robins, cardinals, blue jays, mockingbirds, red winged blackbirds, and some kind of hawk (reddish underneath, rather big…it was outside obscured by trees, I was inside trapped behind my desk…so I couldn’t get a good view to tell what kind).

    I love that first shot! It’s beautiful!

    13 March 2008 at 9:44 pm

  3. Great post! The pictures turned out great!

    13 March 2008 at 10:42 pm

  4. Mike Head

    These critters have been in my backyard for the last month. Frozen tracks in the snow. Will be in Redhose Monday night. Nice pictures.

    13 March 2008 at 11:08 pm

  5. they may be cute but they are always getting into my feeders at night. Great photos and I see you changed to full feed. thanks makes it easier to read in my reader feed.

    13 March 2008 at 11:38 pm

  6. bluebirdgirl

    Oh my…that first shot! I feel like I just found out there are raccoons on Mars! Creative genius – that shot! The raccoon is a neat capture, too. Haha.

    13 March 2008 at 11:45 pm

  7. How cute that he is following the snowmobile trail. You can’t get much better prints than those. They look perfect. I just love that first shot. Raccoons are adorable when they are out in nature not disturbing people. I can’t wait for the weekend to come so I can get out and start seeing the animals and birds again. The bird noise level is really picking up!

    13 March 2008 at 11:50 pm

  8. Those are AWESOME track pictures! I love the critter too! What a nice discovery.
    Warm weather made my day today, 57ºF!!!

    13 March 2008 at 11:50 pm

  9. Grace

    I’ve always liked raccoons–in nature! We relocated the bunch (6 or 7) that trashed the canned fruit and jam in my cellar (back to nature). 😦

    14 March 2008 at 12:14 am

  10. Grace

    😮 Raccoons with jam in their whiskers. I love the first track photo.

    14 March 2008 at 12:39 am

  11. Utterly gorgeous pictures. Love the look of the long lane of snow with the footprints in it. Raccoons are so adorable.

    14 March 2008 at 2:33 am

  12. Adorable! He is so cute! I love the tracks! It’s funny around here I cannot find a raccoon to save my life. I can’t figure out why. In ans. to your question? Took my pups for a very steep hike, I didn’t get one single photograph but I got a sandy gooey lick on my cheek from my pup Bear. (I can’t call the day a total loss now can I?) 🙂

    14 March 2008 at 2:39 am

  13. Standing on the back deck with an almost balmy breeze and the sun shining on my face made my day…. well, that and seeing my female bluebird with a beak full of nesting materials. :c)

    14 March 2008 at 6:54 am

  14. Aw, he’s all fuzzy. And cute.

    Nice work on the photos of the tracks – those can be very difficult.

    14 March 2008 at 7:49 am

  15. I love the track shots, and the little guy seems pretty friendly, too. We don’t have any raccoons real close, the red fox seems to keep the other creatures away.

    14 March 2008 at 8:54 am

  16. He doesn’t look nearly as excited as you were about his discovery, lol.

    14 March 2008 at 9:29 am

  17. Oh my…that first shot! I feel like I just found out there are raccoons on Mars! Creative genius – that shot! The raccoon is a neat capture, too. Haha.

    I must have been logged into my wordpress blog which I’m not using – sorry – I am bluebird girl – ha!

    14 March 2008 at 10:17 am

  18. @ Lisa – How great but would have been nice for a little help! Love when the birdies are singing! Thanks
    @ Rondi – It is great seeing all the birdies but yeck with the desk job! Thanks
    @ YN-J – thanks and they sure did!
    @ Mike Head – Thanks and I do love those frozen tracks!
    @ Toni – LOL, they get into mine also . . .that is why I only put in what the birds will eat for the day!
    @ Bluebirdgirl – LOL, Raccoon on mars . . that’s funny! Thanks!
    @ Linda – it was very cute to see for sure! It will be nice to have the weekend off!
    @ Chicago – Thanks and was a great discovery! Warmer weather would make my day also!
    @ Grace – thanks and was a great day! They did turn out great!
    @ Liza – thanks and I became very lucky with the shots!
    @ aullori – Thanks and I would be happy to share some with you! Sounds like it was great to get out . . even without any photos!
    @ Jayne – the warm breeze and bluebirds with nesting material is what I am talking about! Great day!
    @ Wren – sure was and I took many shots!
    @ Barb – They spook easy but you need to be tricky inorder to get a shot!
    @ Marty – Nope, after I took this shot he turned around and walked away!
    @ Barb – thanks and wondered who bluebird girl was! LOL

    14 March 2008 at 12:35 pm

  19. Really neat, Mon@arch. I started a little phenology book this year in honor of my dear dad’s memory. I thought it would fall into disuse during the winter months, but I’ve discovered that tracks tell so many interesting stories that disappear in summer!

    14 March 2008 at 4:51 pm

  20. Seeing turtles basking made my day!
    We have trapped another Raccoon and relocated to a safer, for him, spot. I saw two dead ones on the road. So sad.
    Great pictures.
    Have a fun weekend.

    14 March 2008 at 7:04 pm

  21. Those tracks are sweet on the snow. Your adventurous spirit makes my day.

    For me, it was seeing a Bluebird find the nesting boxes :o)

    14 March 2008 at 9:58 pm

  22. @ Caroline Crayon – thanks and your comments always mean so much to me. But . . . let me add that during the summer the tracks are still there, they only look different!
    @ Sherry – Q – that would have really made my day! We have the live traps also that we use! Thanks
    @ Mary – Thanks and you are soo wonderful!! Thanks for such kind words!! The bluebirds would be a big smile for me also!

    14 March 2008 at 11:16 pm

  23. Any time I see signs of wildlife in my suburbian backyard it makes my day.

    15 March 2008 at 8:06 am

  24. I am impressed by your track photos. I am still trying to get some that stand out that well.

    15 March 2008 at 2:01 pm

  25. @ Sherry – thanks and was a very fun day!
    @ threecollie – thanks and they were soo cute!

    15 March 2008 at 5:18 pm

  26. Peter

    Great shots Tom, both of them. I admit that taking a “raccoon hike” at this time of year wouldn’t have occurred to me (my love of nature notwithstanding!). What made our day was returning from the store, opening the car door car, and hearing the very first “cheery, cheerily” call of 2008 – ’twas our first neighborhood robin! (Spring = next Thursday at 1:48am)

    15 March 2008 at 8:32 pm

  27. Marg

    Excellent raccoon hike! Seeing a mink today made my day-and seeing and more importantly hearing my first Red Winged Blackbird of the year!

    15 March 2008 at 10:47 pm

  28. Actually, Tom – reading your blog makes my day :0)
    You’re so upbeat and your pictures are lovely, whimsical, informative and always entertaining.

    Today – in particular – I heard my first Robin outside my door!!!! Check!!!!!!

    16 March 2008 at 8:01 pm

  29. @ Peter – thanks and love hearing those guys sing! Spring is soon!
    @ Marg – thanks and I loved your mink photos! I faved a few of them! Great find with the RWBL
    @ Cathy – thanks and glad that I am able to make your day! That was very nice of you! I think we all should be more positive and I just hope that others will do the same! Congrats with your robin!! CHECK!

    16 March 2008 at 11:08 pm

  30. SO sweet!!!! That top picture is AWESOME!

    17 March 2008 at 7:23 pm

  31. The famous Lady Mary Wortley Montagu who made the famous quote the quip – I despise the pleasure of pleasing people that I despise.

    6 April 2012 at 4:50 am

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