Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Things That Go Bump In the Night....

Last night I kept hearing a new sound. I'm used to the hoot owls in the woods, and the scuffling and grunts, etc., from our nightly 'customers' at Amy's Cafe: the raccoons, skunks, occasional possums and fox on the terrace munching their nightly meal of dog food. I can tell when it's just the baby raccoons on the (metal) roof, where the mama coons deposit them so they can eat in peace, much like a mother dropping off her kid at daycare. But this noise was different. Even from the LR I could tell it was back in the master BR. Something was being repeatedly dropped onto the skylight over our bed. We have a custom rectangular skylight over our bed because I insisted I needed to see the sky over us. (It's turned out to be fun when the moon is full or when there is a meteor shower. It can be a little claustrophobic when it's blanketed by snow in the winter.)

Turned out to be a baby coon after all (they are around 3 months old right now, which is pretty late in the season for babies). He/she was playing with a hollowed-out nutshell, tossing it in the air, rolling it around the glass, and spitting it out of his mouth, just having a big time. Like any baby playing with a ball.

The raccoons love the smoothness of the skylight. Every night we lay in bed and watch Coon WWW. The wrestling match seen from below is hysterical. It drives my cats crazy that they can perch just under the skylight on the beam inches below and yet the coons don't notice. I've even shined a laser light at them -- oblivious to it.


PaperbackWriter said...

I love the things that go bump in the night, though I'm sure with my being on a military base, my bumps aren't the same as yours, but its still the sound of night.

I love the image of the little guys being up on the skylight playing without a care in the world.

Always ready to give a little SitS love back. You've got a great outlook on everything

S.E. Sward said...

I can well imagine it driving the cats crazy to see the coons so close, yet so far - and utterly oblivious to the lustful thoughts aimed their way by a couple of daydreaming felines!

Erin M. said...

Love this post, the baby coons are so cute!!! Thank you for stopping by my blog---I did not read Ted Hughes' book. Part of me doesn't want to because I know they had a troubled marriage and I'm sort of biased. I'm on Team Sylvia! lol.

So glad to have found you here--we newbies have to stick together!

Anonymous said...

Baby racoons are so cute, but the ones around here grow up to be such trouble makers! All summer they ate my tomato plants and last winter one managed to open a window to our basement! Luckily I caught him in the act and was able to shoo him away before he got inside. Can you imagine what would have happened if he actually got in? Needless to say, we've now replaced the window so we're all set!