Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

Eating tail to get tail.

A male Eastern Bluebird patiently waiting for me to refill the suet yesterday.

I can’t find the 12 pack of suet I bought…a pretty large package to misplace. hmmm

Opossum.

Look who showed up yesterday afternoon. The opossum is the only marsupial in the United States and Canada.
Their tails are eaten as a folk remedy to improve fertility. Seems gross to me since the tail looks like an enlarged battered rat’s tail and is often covered with frost bite.
My favorite New Year’s Eve memory involves feeding an opossum a rotten apple during a snow storm.

A wild grape vine grabbing a branch.

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7 responses

  1. Jodi

    I can’t believe how ugly opposum’s are!! What a great photo to capture!

    February 25, 2011 at 6:35 am

    • melissakoski

      They are pretty homely aren’t they? The younger ones are much cuter…until you see their mini pink human-like hands. Then it gets a little creepy. xox

      February 25, 2011 at 7:04 am

  2. Karen

    We have one of those ugly critters that comes right up on our deck and eats the cat food I leave out for our outdoor kitty. I have whacked him with a shovel before and he still comes back. Really is quite a dim animal. The kitty stays clear of him, though, and I am thankful for that.

    February 25, 2011 at 8:49 am

    • melissakoski

      Oh it does sound dim. I’m glad the cat stays clear… My friend Hopemarie just told me that turkeys are mean to domesticated animals too. Our neighbor used to have a racoon that would eat the dog food they left on the deck.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm

  3. humanitarikim

    That blue bird is fantastic! We don’t have those here, but we do have those ugly opposums. They creep around the neighborhood at night riling up all the dogs. The worst part is that they HISSSSSS if approached!

    February 25, 2011 at 9:37 am

    • melissakoski

      One got caught in a bin in our garage and the hissing freaked my husband right out- what an ordeal. Needless to say he’s not a fan.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      • humanitarikim

        Yeah, they aren’t pleasant creatures at all. My neighbor had one on the fence harassing his dogs. He went out with a shovel to whack him off or scare him away. He said what actually happened was the hissing and close up view of the opposums dirty, long claws scared him back inside with his dogs in tow. Hee hee.

        February 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm

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