Sunday, May 5, 2013

Squirrels at play, new bird sightings and skunk update

The other morning I was in the kitchen making coffee when running squirrels caught my eye and I shot some photos out the kitchen window. They were playing, fighting, climbing, chasing and sitting atop the wooden poles that separate all the sites and are along the roads.These little critters are all over the place - hopefully I won't be taking one with me when I leave.

Squirrel fight.

Time out after the squirrel fight

They love to chase each other up and down these poles.

These guys were racing around.  There's always a squirrel running across the street and dashing up a tree.

I saw some new birds, some of the photos aren't very clear, but they were the best I could get. It was getting dark - again - and they were a little distance away. I didn't want to disturb them.  Lots of birds come to the river at dusk.

Northern Mockingbird.  There are lots of these guys in the park.

Yellow Warbler - male

Yellow Warbler - male

Duck and bird - sorry, I'm too tired to do any more research on these guys. I couldn't find them when I looked them up.

Killdeer from the front.

Killdeer from the side

Good old Robin - I didn't know they had white around their eyes. I've never seen one up close before.

Skunk update:  I asked my neighbor this afternoon if he had an update on the skunk.  He said it had a bit of a recovery.  It is still not strong on one side, but today it went through his site, across the street, through the very large RV Rally Site and off into the trees far away.  It was moving slowly, resting often, and then moving on again.

Maybe the rattler's poison wasn't enough to kill him and he is recovering.  My friend Pete said only 2 of 3 rattler strikes produce poison, so maybe he wasn't poisoned, just hurt by the bite.  I don't know, but I was happy to hear he seems to be doing okay and is GONE.  My neighbor said, though, that last night another skunk was in the campground, across the street from me, eating pizza with the neighbors.  He sounded serious.

Skunk drinking at the river below my neighbor's site.

Yesterday the skunk spent the day sleeping under my neighbor's car, and woke up shortly before I went over.  He took a long time to get to the river, right below the campsite, resting after each few feet, and he finally made it.  Good by, Skunk, and good luck!

I'm thinking about leaving tomorrow.  Our 14 days isn't up until Thursday morning, but I'm starting to think about moving on, I'll decide tomorrow.  You'll be the first to know.

Our sunset last night.

From me and Katie, have a great Sunday night, everyone!  :)


  1. What lovely photos. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Glad the skunk is still okay. I'll hope for the best. But two skunks are two too many in my book.

  3. Skunks are cute, even if they are smelly :) Beautiful pictures of the birds!

  4. Thanks for the update and the pics of the birds. Glad the little guy seems to be okay.
    Cheryl Ann

  5. Our Internet connection here in Cannonville, Utah is not too good.....can't download any pictures so I will have to view them later.

    Hugs to Katie!

  6. Thanks for the skunk update. I was wondering if he maybe didn't get a big dose and is thus injured and not dead. Probably the safest place for an injured skunk is in the campground. Skunks are harmless if they aren't scared and think they need to protect themselves. I hope he makes a full recovery.

  7. How can skunks be so pretty yet so stinky? Neat photos, as usual.

  8. Looks like a blue winged teal to me.

    Nice sunset!

  9. I know squirrels can be pesky little creatures but I just love them. They are so much fun to watch, and they can entertain for hours.
    That poor skunk. I would think dieing from a snake bite would be slow and painful. Glad someone killed the snake.

  10. Those are good photos of the warblers, they move around so fast, it is hard to get pictures.


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