FLYING SQUIRRELS AND BIG FURRY RACCOONS – Marilyn Armstrong

We knew we’d gotten a lot of pictures last night because a lot of food went missing. About 4 pounds of food from the big feeder and maybe another two from the smaller one.

Conga line Raccoons

One-Two-Three-KICK!

Two by the feeder, one on the deck

We moved the camera from the tripod and attached it to the wall of the house. It was actually designed for that and came with a special plate for attaching it, probably because this isn’t just a trail camera but also a surveillance camera. As a surveillance camera, it’s not great.

Dive, dive, dive!

Coming in for a landing

Cute little guy found the feed

Pictures taken in the dark are black and white, which would be fine if there were also enough detail to recognize a face. I can barely recognize a raccoon and all flying squirrels are just white. If it weren’t for their cute little ears, I’d never figure out what they are.

Seeking seeds

Back a little further on the wall, the raccoons look better. You can see that they have masks on the faces and stripes in their tails. As for the flying squirrels, you only know the squirrels fly because you see them in the air, a big white strip or patch of fur without any other sign of life.



Categories: Animals, Flying squirrels, Marilyn Armstrong, Photography, Wildlife

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12 replies

  1. Last night, our overnight camera took 781 pictures so it’s not going up tonight. I need a couple of days to process!

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  2. They must be in hoarding mode.

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  3. How big are the flying squirrels, Marilyn? I can’t make out much from the photos but they seem smaller than the regular ones.

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    • They are MUCH smaller than regular squirrels — like maybe one-third the size. They look bigger when they have their “wings” open, but that’s an optical illusion. They also glow at night. Hot pink. Really. No one knows why. It also makes them easier to see when they are gliding, which they do very fast so all you see is a bright streak in the air until they land. Garry just looks at the picture and says “DIVE, DIVE, DIVE!”

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  4. One thing must be certain, you have the best well fed raccoons in your state. Hope they don’t topple from the feeder due to overweight.

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  5. When I lived in Canada, I had a long cape with racoon fur around the bottom and around the hood…. I couldn’t imagine any longer wearing fur since the late Seventies, but then it was OK.
    I also had a huge Canadian wolf fur coat, which, after I returned to my more moderate and much more ‘responsible’ Switzerland, I gifted to a clothes’ collection to go to Romania. Up to this day I wonder what the recipient of this luxury coat was thinking….
    Nowadays it’s your posts and pics that (which?) make me happy.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Awe! Nice photos Marilyn! ❤

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