While we were searching the woods near us for the owls' nest, we checked out many of the trees with cavities.
This tree is in our front yard, about 30 feet from the road, so we didn't think anything would live in it.
When we got close to the tree and scratched the outside with a stick, we could hear clawing and noises inside.
We returned in the evening with a light, camera and ladder to see what was in there.
Remember the raccoon we saw after the big storm in February? Perhaps she spends more time than we thought in our yard!
It was hard to see exactly how many baby raccoons were in the tree, but it looks like a mother with two babies.
I know raccoons sometimes cause lots of trouble for people, but so far we haven't had any issues with these raccoons. It's kind of cool that they're living in our front yard!!
Our phoebes have taken Theresa's suggestion. After 2 days away, there's a pair of phoebes back at the nest. I was so happy to see them at breakfast this morning. I'll try to photograph some of their antics!
I also spotted the baby phoebe in the rhododendron outside our kitchen window. I could tell by his size and feathers that he's a juvenile. Glad to see that he's still doing OK!
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