For two days now, we've had a possum out in daylight

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Registered: 01-03-2001
For two days now, we've had a possum out in daylight
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Tue, 02-04-2014 - 1:24pm

First was about a week ago, and we sighted him on our dock. This past week, about two days ago, he was on our deck, eating bird seed. 

He looked to be a young one and something had dmaged his tail so it looked raw on teh end, and bitten off. While I'm no fan of possums, I felt sorry for this little one so DH put out a suet block that next day... adn there is evidence that he/she was back and ate most of it. Haven't seen him since though...

This weather is murder on the critters. Birds are going through seed like there's no tomorrow, starlings are sheltering from the wind on our front porch, and it's not over yet.

I HATE WINTER! (doesn't help that I walked down our driveway to check the mailbox and halfway down, slid and fell. Bruised bumm, badly scraped left hand and ego left in tatters as I tried to get back up again!)

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Registered: 06-03-2005

We had a neighbor who left their cat with us when they moved out of state years ago. It was an outside cat, but we had a covered porch so we had a little cat bed/house type thing and cat food in a bowl. A possum decided he liked it better. ;) 

Your poor guy definitely sounds like he's been through the ringer. I'm surprised he's up during the day, but apparently they will switch their sleeping habits during colder weather to take advantage of the sun. Interesting! 

I haven't seen one here by me in a few years. Probably because of the dog. She's ruined a lot of my wildlife watching.

I did get to see deer out front during the last snowfall. We had so much that they came from the woods behind the houses. In the 10 years I've been here I've never seen that.  

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Registered: 11-21-2001

Thank goodness you weren't hurt worse Carol...this weather has been crazy lately.  This is the first year that my pond froze over...at least we have the waterfall running so there's a "hole" in the ice...but it's never happened before.

And...as you said...the poor wildlife critters don't know what to do with themselves.  The birds are out in "droves" the minute I fill up the bird feeder.  We do have lots of deer usually...but I haven't really seen anything else of note.

Laura
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Registered: 01-03-2001

Have since found out that possums are relatively "new" (geologically, I suppose) to this neck of the woods and so are nto well adapted to winter. (They aren't called Virgina Opossums for nothing, I suppose). So... thin fur - and bald tails - mean that they are prone to frostbite. Our poor possum had a frost-bitten tail!

And yes, they do feed during the day in winter to take advantage of warmer temps (if you consider 19 above as warm, although I suppose it is warmer than 14 below, which is what we had today!)

We've been putting suet blocks out of late and I think our little friend found at least one of them...

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Registered: 11-21-2001

I used to put suet out for the birds but I can't hang them where Cleo can get to them.  Many years ago my ^Valentine^ became very sick when we found out she was licking melted suet from the grass.  After that I had to hang the blocks where she couldn't get to them.  Since Cleo eats more birdseed than the birds....LOL...I wouldn't trust a suet cake near where she goes.

Laura