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November 2016

Ducks Farm Life

Found IT!!

November 20, 2016

 

I finally found the duck’s food bowl. It disappeared this past summer.  I can’t tell you how many times I went out there looking for it.  I even took the kayak out thinking it was somewhere close to the bank underwater.  I am sure there are several types of wildlife that visit the duck bowl.  You can tell if it’s a raccoon since they like to rinse off their food before they eat it. The bowl ends up in the water and I have to reach in and pull it out.   The skunk likes to move it and eat the crumbs and grubs that are under it. Every time I went looking for the bowl. I would get that image in my head where a raccoon was running away on its hind legs carrying a food bowl.

So today Rusty the dog, Marty the cat and I went for a stroll around the pond. We got to the other side and OMG it was sitting right there! I didn’t have my camera on me so I walked back to the house to get it so I could take a picture.  The bowl was so far from its original spot I couldn’t believe.

So the only question now is why didn’t I see it before? I have been by that spot several times. My only explanation is there must have been a lot of grass and I didn’t see it. Hmm seems odd thou! Now I am wondering what took it so far. Did a raccoon really carry it all the way to the other side?

Update:  I have an answer, this happened again this past week.  Since it gets dark early, I had to wait for the weekend to go look for it.  I found it, upside down hanging off a fallen tree that is in the pond.  Has to be a raccoon.  I couldn’t reach it so I had to get the kayak out to get it.  This time thou I had Jason chain it to a tree.  No more missing food bowls in my future.

 

Farm Life Featured Marty the Cat Wildlife

Marty and the skunk

November 16, 2016
Cat

It’s late fall here in North Carolina and the evenings are pitch black. Jason and I were sitting down to eat dinner when we hear Rusty the dog barking in the yard. Jason got up to see what was going on. I didn’t bother to get up since Rusty barks at the cat a lot when he can’t reach him outside the fence. I am about to take a bite of my dinner when Jason runs into the house and says to me ” There is a skunk down by the ducks and Marty is down there too!”.

I get up to go look. Sure enough, Marty the cat was following the skunk around the duck house. I tried calling him, but he wouldn’t listen. He was so curious about this new critter he has encountered. As Jason is following their movements with the light. The skunk starts heading out of the backyard towards the woods. He has his tail up and Marty is following right along behind him. All of a sudden Marty runs past the skunk and turns around to see where it’s at. Now the skunk is following him! I think they are just playing at this point. They continue to do this little dance of following each other. We decided to go in back in the house our since our food was getting cold. I wasn’t worried about Marty, he is up to date on all his shots.

Later that evening Marty comes in the doggy door and yep he smells like a skunk! Not bad like he got sprayed but more like the smell of a ferret. Well, he was needing a bath anyway, since Rusty likes to play and slobber on him.