May 5, 2013

Raccoons, Ducks, and Carp with Holes in Them.



Raccoons, Ducks, and Carp with Holes in Them.
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for May 5, 2013


We had a pretty mellow weekend at the Swank household, although we did get out out to see Iron Man 3.  So much better than the second one!  One big thumb up from me!


Spring is finally in the air which is bringing the critters out all around our house.  Luke was excited the other day when he noticed this raccoon camped out in the hollowed out tree in our backyard.  Not a very playful creature, though, because when we went outside to get more pictures, he crawled inside the tree and wouldn't show himself again.  We were hoping he'd come down and let us pet him.


We also have ducks coupling up all over the neighborhood!  These two were getting frisky right on the side of the road near our house.  It's like "Get a room!"


To top things off, they leave the results of their actions laying right next to the curb.  We have to be careful when we're walking our dog, Sunny, so he doesn't step on one of these and get baby duck guts all over his feet.


Luckily, for this little guy, nobody stepped on him.  When we walked by the egg again the next day, it appeared he had escaped.  Hopefully, our raccoon friend didn't find him.  


On Sunday afternoon, Miss Sheri went to do some shopping and drove by the stream down from our street.  She said some men were down there with bows and arrows and they were shooting fish.  The boys and I grabbed our cameras and our bikes and shot down there as quickly as we could!


These guys were professionals and we saw many of their kills along the shore.  It was impressive seeing them Getting Ready, Aiming, and Firing.


Got Him!  One less Asian Carp invading Prior Lake!


The boys thought it was really cool until they started noticing all the dying fish along the shore of the creek still gasping for air.  They asked me if the guys ate these fish and I told them "No" but it's good that they kill them because they're an invasive species and they kill off the game fish and other native species that are found in the lake.  They then turned their attention to "Hey, can we buy a bow and arrow!"  Uh, no.

Here's a video of the guy shooting a fish: