Here is a baby porcupine we saw in our yard this evening. The quills still appeared very soft but we did not want to get too close to find out. The mommy is nowhere in sight, so I am hoping this little one can avoid the predators and go back into the woods. It is still out on the same tree over an hour later.
Other animals we have seen recently are frogs, a salamander (Red spotted newt), squirrels, chipmunks, wild turkeys, various birds and our resident hummingbird. No bear, owl, or deer sightings recently. We have however heard coyotes so it makes me glad we keep our cat indoors!
A couple of weeks ago W read the book Owl Moon by Jane Yolen for Five in a Row, and we found a great website on Owls as a supplement to learn about different owl species. Both the boys especially enjoyed listening to owl calls. The book gave W some good food for thought as well about nature, bravery, and peacefulness.