Monday, May 31, 2010

A Prickly Garden Visitor



It was just about dusk when Ed spotted what he, at first glance, thought was a skunk. "Look at the size of that skunk", he remarked. Amy was visiting, and we all hurried to the living room window to get a look at our garden visitor. Amy said " Dad, that's not a skunk!" By that time I had found my binoculars. What we were looking at was a very large black porcupine sporting a white collar and tail. I've read they can go up to 40 pounds. He was headed from west to east in a straight line at a steady pace. Amy managed to snap this picture, but by the time she could change to her other camera lens the porcupine had disappeared into the tall grass. It was great to be inside for this wildlife sighting. It will be interesting to see if we get another look at this porcupine. They are not supposed to wander far from their home.

1 comment:

nancybond said...

They are so common in this area that the roadsides are littered with their poor little dead selves. They *should* stay closer to home. but that's mostly "our" fault, too -- we've clear cut so much forest in some areas that it has literally robbed a lot of wildlife of their homes and food sources, forcing them closer to urban areas. It's quite sad and maddening, really. Nice sighting for you, though!