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Mammal Monday

Procyon lotor being diurnal? Questionable but not unheard of (other than being rabid, I mean). Still, a good rule of thumb with all wild animals is to keep your distance. I let my telephoto get close.

Underneath two hickory trees, and getting some of the last of the nuts I think.

Mammal Monday

I haven’t seen one of these people in far too long. Marmota monax: groundhog, woodchuck, whistlepig, chuckling (when young).Oh, yeah, Rodentia: all in the teeth.

Mammal Monday

The front door.Looked too small for a backdoor, so let’s call it a window.

(No mammals were woken up for these photos.]

Mammal Monday

New York City’s City Hall Park squirrels are as bold as lobbyists. They come right up to you when you’re taking a picture of, say, a holly in the snow, and make their demands known.Elsewhere, however, the smaller mammals keep to the night, but that does not necessarily mean they make it through the night…

Mammal Monday: Wait, How Many?

Judging from the poop, Green-Wood is over-run with Raccoons (Procyon lotor). They need some coyotes. During the day, you can occasionally see a few way up in a pine or other conifer, sleeping, scratching. Less frequently, you can see a whole family in their swank condo wondering who the hell you are.

Mammal Monday

Deer tracks on the continent. Found on the grounds of the Bartow-Pell Mansion, in Pelham Bay Park. (FYI for you out-of-towners: the Bronx is the only part of New York City that is not an island.) On nearby Hunter’s Island, part of the same park, but no longer an island. Last time we were here we saw a couple of deer. This time we noticed three.
And, of course, they noticed us.


Rodent. Which one? Found amid an owl (and other?) pellet bonanza recently.Jaws a-plenty, in fact, but no skulls. The last time I found a good patch of pellets, there were lots of skulls. Some owls will eat the head first, then the body later. Inch scale here.And this one with the long incisor. When I first spied it, I wondered for half a second if it was a talon, which I understand have been found in pellets (Great Horned Owls will eat anything). But it’s just an incisor that slipped out of the deep pocket (yeah, not the anatomical correct word) in the lower jaw. As with us, the roots of their teeth are buried deeply in the bone. Rodents are characterized by their pairs of continuously growing incisors on the upper and lower jaws.


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