A GAZE OF RACCOONS – Marilyn Armstrong

Groups of animals have collective names that are often archaic and unique. Raccoons are a gaze.


Whales are a pod. Crows are a murder. Squirrels are a dray or a scurry. I haven’t found out what a bunch of flying squirrels are so I guess they are a dray or a scurry too since no one has a better answer.


Last night, for the first time, we had only raccoons visiting us. No flying squirrels. But last night’s raccoons were big raccoons, not the adolescent ones we’ve had earlier. I was trying to explain to Garry, who though our raccoons looked pretty big to him, were actually not big raccoons, but young ones. Not babies, but not grown up either. Short tails, incomplete masks. Nor fully furred.


These two were a lot bigger, darker in color. Longer, darker striped tails. Real masks. They show up better in the photographs too. The little guys didn’t come by because they didn’t want to be a fresh snack for the big kids. Those big masked guys might just decide to eat them.



Categories: black & white photography, Blackstone Valley, Marilyn Armstrong, Photography, Wildlife

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8 replies

  1. love your Racoons. I wonder if the were given their group title because they gazed in windows?
    Well your young ones are looking very competent at their eat in restaurant. Do Your dogs bark at them? I get possums here and Busby barks at them, usually scaring the begeebies out of me.

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  2. They seem to know the ropes….

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  3. As a trivia buff (or a former one), I thought I’d heard most of the animal collective names before… but I must have missed “gaze of raccoons.” I wonder who came up with these names… and why? Can’t everything just be a bunch or a group or a horde?

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  4. How about a flight of flying squirrels?

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