After observing our little raccoon family, Mom, Dad and three kits, we wondered who would show up last night so we made sure there were some seeds in the feeder as evening approached. It didn't take long before I spotted a shape on the deck.
When I went to the window I saw Mom and her three babies, but wait was that a fourth head sticking up?
Mom saw me and headed toward the hedge, then she stopped. Lined up behind her were six kits. Three were a bit bigger than the ones we'd seen the other night, though I think they were the same ones, just grown a little. Two were a little smaller and one was a runt.
The three bigger ones knew exactly what to do. They entered the feeder and started chowing down. The two smaller ones stayed behind Mom and she shoved seeds toward them, The runt stayed under Mom and I think may have been nursing.
When the bigger ones had eaten their fill, they went to play on the
porch while Mom and the smaller ones ate. Mom kept her eyes on me all
the while, but she didn't run away.
These little guys are so cute. Rob and I decided that we'll feed them
again tonight but then we're cutting off the food kitchen. We'll remove
the feeder at night. We don't want to encourage them to take up
residence on the porch.