Raccoon enjoying rose hips
I took advantage of the Presidents Day holiday to walk around Allegany State Park in search of something to photograph. Chickadees and Juncos were the most commonly found birdies flittering around Red House Lake (but I could not find any Crossbills). Along ASP Rt2, I located this blackish-gray thing up in a shrub and instantly squealed my breaks for a better look!
I wasn’t sure what this fuzz ball was at first but it wasn’t till the mammal revealed its black mask that I realized we had a Raccoon in the small branches. It appeared to be carefully balancing in the multi-flora rose and trying to gather the available rose hips within its cute little paws.
A few hours later I returned to the area to check on the Raccoon and found this little guy working the rose hips in a different part of the shrub (still balancing on its tippy toes). I had also found a Raccoon the other day feeding in an old Apple Tree and I think he was just as acrobatic climbing around the branches as this one today was. I wonder if rose hips or rotten apples would be better eating? . . . bet the one Raccoon eating the 5 month old apples got a buzz!
I just love finding Raccoons who are not feeding in my trash can (ugg that season should be here soon). Even better when they are very cooperative in allowing me to capture a few pictures of it!
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