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Garden Visitors

I took the car back to the dealership because it was drifting to the right and because the tire pressure monitor light was on. I sat there for what seemed like a long time, but that was all right, they had a chair and table that I could set up my computer on and work on the first-pass edits to the cozy mystery.

After that I did some grocery shopping and still got home in time to do some gardening.

The first visitor does not get a photo--it does not deserve a photo, as it dropped "fertilizer" on my arm and new gardening glove before flying off. I wiped off what I could with some dandelion leaves then went in to wash both me and the gloves. Ugh.

The second visitor was a surprise. It came around the neighbor's garage from the alley and walked right up to within a couple of feet of me. I talked to it--I didn't want to surprise it. It walked up, looked at me, and left. Or maybe it was looking at the trash in the neighbor's driveway, to see if there was food to grab.

possum in the driveway, very near

I live in the city; usually possums are much more shy. This one was waddling around in daylight, out in the open, and either not at all afraid of me or convinced the flimsy twine "fence" between us (designed to support peas and beans) was sufficient to protect it from me.

But at least it didn't bomb me with fertilizer!

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May. 14th, 2019 10:47 am (UTC)
Nature is so adaptable and persistently surprises me with unexpected appearances. We've seen many raccoons, some wild turkeys, and even deer in and around our south Minneapolis area. Last Saturday we saw 2 young deer grazing near the dog park on the south east side of the Mississippi. Of course, the Fort Snelling State Park is very near that dog park with acres of river, marsh, trees, and so on. I'm sure that's where the deer came from.
May. 14th, 2019 06:51 pm (UTC)
We've seen raccoons and skunks around here, and a bunch of feral cats. One year we had a chicken hawk too. I'd have rather had a "mouse hawk" or a "squirrel hawk", but you don't control the wildlife, really.
May. 15th, 2019 01:29 am (UTC)
This morning, I mentioned your garden visitor and her photo to MyJeff. He told me that late last week he saw a possum near the end of our alley on his way home one night. That's the first I've heard of possums nearby.

We have had kestrels in our neighbor hood for a few years now. The other birds get verrr-rryyy quiet when the kestrel swoops through the back yards.
May. 15th, 2019 07:19 pm (UTC)
I love these guys. They're a semi-frequent wildlife out where we are.
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