Blanca and Friends

This is Blanca – an almost completely white skunk who visited our patio. It is the night camera so the image is blurry despite trying to sharpen it. Every part of her was white apart from her face and the tips of her feet. She’s the sort of special animal that inspires folklore. We have been worried that our night critters have stopped visiting since we dismantled our deck but they still come for the water bowls.

There was another skunk visiting the same night and it had the more familiar coloring. They are such lovely little animals – they delicately sip at the water. I haven’t heard their main predator of late – the Great Horned Owl but they can quickly disappear into the reserve.

How many babies is this poor Mama Possum carrying??? Her tummy is scraping the patio and I would imagine we now have at least 20 babies (18-25 babies per litter). The Mama only has 13 teats, so it is survival of the fittest. She will carry them on her back, for safety. My friend offered one (with babies on board) some dog treats on a late night walk. The possum gratefully accepted.

This is a juvenile possum that visited the same night – it may be an older baby of the Mama who visited. They weigh between 4 and 11 lbs. and are 2 – 3 feet in length (not including their magnificent tails). They live with their mother for about a year. I was so happy to see that all of the animals who visited drank from the water bowl.

Finally – a not blurry shot of one of our Floofs! This is a female Eastern Grey Squirrel. After our deck was dismantled, the “Tails” left and the “Floofs” moved in. This family group have beautiful fur and distinct white dots behind their ears. Their feet have a distinctive blueish tinge. Their tails seem to remain intact…

Another of our gentleman ‘floofs’ up our tree

One of these little rascals had me in stitches last week. Her family were on the patio eating peanuts but she decided to have a mad half hour under one of our bushes. She was on her back, ‘killing’ the lowest branches of the bush with her front and back paws. much like a kitty cat. She went around in dizzying circles until she scrambled her brains and went to eat a peanut.

Then I spotted two tiny sibling squirrels playing in Katniss’s house (our old stray cat). They were play-fighting, nibbling and cuddling. So much pleasure in one little garden. The Swallowtail butterflies have started to emerge, brightening the gardens with a splash of yellow and brown.

Swallowtail, courtesy of my husband. Please do not reproduce this image.

56 thoughts on “Blanca and Friends

  1. Great visitors!! Good to see that getting rid of the patio has not impacted on the visitors!! That possum would surely have crawled under there to start birthing!! Poor thing is literally dragging herself! You now have to find some white skunk lore!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you, Neil. Our yard backs up to a reserve and we live in a forest. If we lived closer to the containment pond we might see bobcats and coyotes. Thrills me at the very idea. I am always peering at scat to guess who made it!

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  2. Possums, squirrels and skunks…have to say I love the butterflies. It’s good to watch wildlife from afar but you’re braver than me having them in your back garden. They are all lovely creatures but think I’d be a tad wary of skunks and possums.
    I’d love to see the babies in the back though.
    Im just about okay with dogs, cats, birds and foxes ๐ŸฆŠ
    Think I’m just a scaredy cat ๐Ÿ™€
    Loving your pictures.
    Hope you’re both wellโค๏ธ

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  3. Oh so wonderful Kerry. Happy all is OK in the wildlife backyard. I do want to know if there is a story about white Skunks now. Mr Squirrel and his “hello girls” stance is so funny – the look in his eyes ๐Ÿ‘€
    I don’t like how the wildlife camera does the blur thing, mine does too unless in daylight of course. They can’t quite get the light and shutter speed in sync. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. My mom used to get nightly visits from a friendly possum that would eat up all the cat food left out and then, quite surprisingly, sit near my mom’s feet for a few fast minutes before leaving again. I only got to meet her once, but I shifted in my chair, startled her, and she trotted off. After a year or so she stopped visiting and my mom did some research and learned that a possum’s life is very short — two or three years, if they are lucky. My mom still talks about her all the time and misses the late visits.

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  5. How wonderful that you saw one of the squirrels on her back, โ€˜killingโ€™ the branches of the bush like a kitty cat! Glad that your patio is still a playground/refuge for local wildlife. ๐Ÿ™‚

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