Quick post to mention an encounter I had shortly after Thanksgiving. I was taking food scraps out to the compost pile late in the evening. I often see various wildlife prowling around the yard and sometimes in or near the compost. That night, as I approached the pile, I heard something scrambling through the leaves, and then I saw in my flashlight beam that it was fleeing up a small tree. I took out the old cell phone cam and got a picture of this individual, who had paused at about my eye level:
In case you don’t recognize it, that would be an opossum. I’ve seen it, or another like it, on several other occasions around our house. I’ve also seen skunks some of the time, and I’m always glad not to be startling one of those.