Yesterday morning’s kayak outing was pretty slow overall. After launching into the water, I was afloat ~an hour with the only activity being the Diamondback Water Snakes (Nerodia rhombifera). As of the last few days, these guys are getting really active again … I’m guessing due to the impending seasonal change. I’ll probably post some of my recent images of them in the upcoming days. But after an hour, things starting picking up. First, two juvenile Raccoons (Procyon lotor) came down to the water’s edge as they scoured the shallow water for food. After passing me, they continued down the shoreline a ways, then out onto a downed log in the water, and finally they swam to one of the area’s islands, under the tall, large foliage of the remaining American Lotus plants.
No sooner than these 2 juvies had passed, there was another bustling at the water’s edge, about 100 feet from me. Looking up, I saw another raccoon pair, both a bit larger than the 2 juveniles. As one followed the other out onto a downed tree that was lying in the water, they got into a “shouting match” by chittering back and forth. Then, they began biting at each other and growling, with teeth showing … these 2 were likely siblings having a “disagreement” over something. This continued for a couple of minutes, then ended as quickly as it had started, and off they went. I’ll post on these guys later, since I posted some raccoon images a couple of days ago.
After the raccoons had all wandered off, I had an adult Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) fly into a tree above the kayak. Before he left me, I managed to get a few images made:
This bird did not sing for me today, but their song is very similar to the Northern Mockingbird … they have a repertoire of several different “tunes” that are run together. Even though it didn’t sing for me, it is still a beauty!