COUPEVILLE WILDLIFE – July 31, 2017

I just can’t believe that this is the last day of July! That was one short month but man was it fantastic. We have had stellar weather and are on day 44 of no measurable rain.

This morning I’ll take you on a three mile walk around Coupeville. As it turned out there were a number of different animals I saw. First up really isn’t an animal but a wood carving of a goose. It looks really good and certainly caught my eye.

Carved Goose

Heading for the center of Coupeville I came face to face with this raccoon and we had a little stare down.

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This next picture I actually took last week but it’s just too cool not to post. These eagles were perched in the old walnut tree near the Captain Thomas J. Cope’s house. His wife Maria planted it in the late 1800’s.

Two Eagles in a Tree

I often say, one of the harder birds to capture in a photograph are King Fisher’s. This morning I caught one sitting on “Franks” post next to the Coupeville Wharf. He actually sat there for quite a while, very unusual, at least for me.

King Fisher on Lamp Post

I hope that starts your week in a good way, it certainly did mine. Thanks for walking with me and please share my blog with your friends, thanks.

PEEK-A-BOO – February 8, 2017

Today was much better than yesterday. It was 34 degrees F when I left and 33 when I got home. It was very overcast and threatening more snow. About half way through the four miles we walked it started “dusting”. By the time I got home…

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Perfect!

While walking along I played “Peek-A-Boo” with Raccoon. He saw me and ran to the culvert to hide.

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Rather than waking on I decided to wait and see what he does. Sure enough he had to come back to the end and take a peek. A really cut little critter hiding that way.

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Over the years I’ve shown you some of the yard art around town. Being somewhat of an “art community” there is quite a bit. Here’s a Dachshund I’d never see before. I really like the bright colors.

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I also noticed something to get really excited about. Coupeville has a number of beautiful old Victorian’s around town that were mostly built and owned by tall ship captains in the mid to late 1800’s. This is one of my very favorites.

This house was owned by Captain Joseph Clapp, built in 1889. It has been going down hill for quite some time but it is on the list to have some work done made possible by Ebey’s Forever Grant. Today I saw a huge pile of cedar shakes for a new roof! It’s going to look so great once that’s done and no more leaks either. (Note the big hole to the left of the chimney)

I don’t envy the roofer that gets the job but someone’s got to do it.

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And that concludes our Hump Day Walk! I hope you enjoyed it and we can do it again real soon.

RACCOON AND FAWN – June 22, 2015

I trust you all had a nice Father’s Day Solstice weekend. Our weather was perfect and I’m sure many picnic baskets were emptied.

This morning I walked three and a half miles and as usual found some things from around Coupeville to share.

First I noticed this raccoon and as I was getting my camera turned on and positioned it started running at me! I snapped this photo and then looked out from behind the camera and it was gone. It just disappeared into thin air. But then I noticed the culvert running under a driveway and that’s where it disappeared.

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Just up the road from the raccoon was a family of deer with this tiny fawn posing nicely for me. I just love this time of year when all the babies are out and about.

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One thing we seem to have plenty of are sitting places to enjoy the wonderful views of Penn Cove. This sitting spot is in front of a house just up the road from us. They have a great view and what a fabulous place to sit watch the sun go down.

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Out on Ebey Prairie I couldn’t resist taking another photo of this old Allis and Chalmers tractor that’s been retired to the front yard of Sherman’s Pioneer Farm Produce. It’s being swallowed by a rose bush but you can still envision it plowing the fields out on the prairie, back in “the day”.

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With that we start a new week. I hope it’s good for you as I’m sure it will be great for me 🙂

WELCOME OCTOBER

It’s hard to believe that October is already here, what happened to September?

This mornings walk was with the threat of rain but I made 4 1/2 miles without a drop. Along the way I saw a number of things that look like October. But first I want to share a couple of things that caught my eye.

This is our nemesis, the feared Raccoon! Well actually it’s our fish that fear the Raccoon’s. We have a large fish pond with 30 to 40 fish that the Raccoon’s just love to eat. We cover our pond with a net that detours them but they still try and often tear up our net.

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With the national, state and city debt so high why are we replacing ADA sidewalk ramps with new ADA sidewalk ramps?

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OK, the first real sign of October I saw was at our local Prairie Center grocery store.

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Out on the Ebey Prairie I saw a lot more snow on the Olympic Mountains then before. You kind of have to look hard but the snow is about half way down.

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Remember all the squash I showed you yesterday? They have been harvested and the field is empty.

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The birds are really grouping up on the power lines.

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And finally – BOO!

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I hope you enjoy the month ahead as I’m sure we will.