I am definitely not in any condition to provide you a quality post. Although my race last weekend is officially over, my legs and various other body parts (some of which I didn’t even know I had) are in a constant bicker to see who can complain the most. Advil has apparently met its match! “You torture us like that and then try to bribe us with those puny anti-inflammatory pills !?! – we tell nerves to illicit more pain you fool – now crawl into the kitchen and get us some frozen peas!!!” Such a cranky bag of parts. Anyway, I’ll eventually get to a race recap, but for now, let’s just classify it as bittersweet. While I try to get everything calmed down, blisters popped, blood cleaned off and knots pressed out, I’m once again turning wildlife post duties over to Brad. Today’s adventure is a little closer to home and definitely rings the “Intriguing” bell. I’m sure you will enjoy. Note, WordPress was rendering the images a bit too small to really see the details, so I went ahead and added links directly to the photos so you can view the full picture – you can also use the link Brad provided at the end to view the complete gallery.
Take it away Brad…
Brian and I were both fortunate enough to be able to retire at relatively young ages from the same company. And after 30+ years of running around like a (fill in your own phrase here) it is nice to have a slow day ever now and then. (BTW, Brian still needs to learn this) One afternoon while sitting on our four-season porch reading, Jan asks “is that a raccoon in the tree?” I grabbed my handy bird binoculars and took a look at the mulberry tree. It was a very still day so when parts of the tree move all on their own, something larger than a bird is moving in the tree. The critter was out at the edge of a branch near the tasty leaves, but had no mask or stripey tail. Coincidentally my camera was nearby so I tried a few photos. It looks like a . . . no it can’t be one of those . . . in a tree. I ran upstairs to get my really long lens to see if I can tease out the identity. At first, I didn’t believe what the camera was telling me. A quick internet search revealed that yes indeed, these animals do sometimes climb trees.
Hit the jump to read more about this surprisingly nimble creatureContinue reading Guest Feature: There’s a What in the Tree? …by Brad Marks