You never know whooo you’ll run in to on Center Island

IMG_7955ON OUR LITTLE ROCK IN THE SAN JUANS, we have deer (who nibble my ferns), raccoons (who leave intriguing footprints when it snows), mice (who now live in fear of our cats), herons (who wade in close on minus-tide days like this), otters (who poop prodigiously on our docks) and mink ( including one that occasionally drinks from the bamboo fountain on our front deck, just like it’s slurping from an office water fountain). Yes, mink are native to the San Juans. No, we are not planning on making anybody into coats or stoles.

A couple evenings ago as we stepped outside The Nuthatch we encountered another local — though actually, when I read up on him, I learned that his family migrated here from the East Coast. This guy was sitting on the post of our front steps, then made a quick hop to a nearby tree. He didn’t seem to mind just hanging out while we watched him as he watched the sunset. cropped-1-anchor.jpg

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A barred owl perches on a Douglas fir branch as the sun sets over nearby Lopez Sound. Barred owls — whose distinctive hooting call is described as “Who cooks for you?” — are native to eastern North America. They’re considered invasive in the Pacific Northwest. But, hey, so are Californians. Brian J. Cantwell photo.

2 thoughts on “You never know whooo you’ll run in to on Center Island

  1. Great colors in the photo!

    From: Cantwell’s Reef Reply-To: Cantwell’s Reef Date: Friday, July 13, 2018 at 9:04 PM To: Hilary Hilscher Subject: [New post] You never know whooo you¹ll run in to on Center Island

    WordPress.com Brian J. Cantwell posted: “ON OUR LITTLE ROCK IN THE SAN JUANS, we have deer (who nibble my ferns), raccoons (who leave intriguing footprints when it snows), mice (who now live in fear of our cats), herons (who wade in close on minus-tide days like this), otters (who poop prodigiou”

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  2. It is with great joy and anticipation that I follow your Blog .you are becoming the Mark Twain of the San Juwannis .albeit for critters other than human ..you are the new Dr Doolittle.would your library care to have a few paperbacks from the NYT s best seller list? Keep up the outstanding observation.your friend and confidant ken.

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