Opossum…… Really?

I just had to get out of the house. You see, a skunk has moved in under our front step. Yes, we have traps set but….. I just had to get out! A walk in the woods seemed like a good choice. The temp was to get to 37 degrees and I needed some fresh air. I learned some time ago to always bring my camera. I normally don’t go out in the middle of the day looking for wildlife and today was no different.

As it is, I always see deer no matter the time of the day but I certainly didn’t expect to see this at 2:30 in the afternoon!

If I get up high he won't see me!
If I get up high he won’t see me!

Yep! It’s North America’s only Marsupial. It is a Virginia Opossum. It’s nocturnal which is why I was so surprised to see it.

Oh No! He does see me!
Oh No! He does see me!

The temperature over the past several days has been very cold so it must have been out today looking for food which is why it’s out during daylight. Hunger might make it do that. The black dots on its nose looks like mud or dirt to me. So, it must have been rooting around for something. They are omnivores so their diet is varied.

If I stay really still, he'll think I must be dead!
If I stay really still, he’ll think I must be dead!

In the above photo, you can see that it doesn’t have fur on its tail.  The fur on other mammals tails helps to keep them warm when they are all cuddled up. Poor thing!  Another thing that’s kind of sad it that they rarely live longer than two years.

I'm good looking.... Don't you think?
I’m good-looking…. Don’t you think?

While my wife doesn’t agree, I think it’s kind of cute!

Well, that was my major sighting for the afternoon.  I sure hope that skunk wakes up and goes out looking for food too.  When it does…. We’ll have it trapped…… I hope!

Oh yeah, I saw this Nuthatch too.

Am I called a Nuthatch because I can do this?
Am I called a Nuthatch because I can do this?

I think they’re very cool because they can walk up and down a tree trunk! I wish I could do that!

Well, that’s it for now. I’ve got to go and light a few scented candles.

Thanks for coming by!

Bill