Swallows are flying above my cottage and it does sound as if they have fun. Every time they dive downwards they sort of screams like a bunch of kids in a rollercoaster :-) Otherwise it´s completely quiet outside. It´s cool, cloudy, humid and drizzle comes and goes. It´s Sunday morning.
Bertil however always follows if he can.
When we were walking homewards this morning I looked into the forest and saw something big as a dog run away. It was sort of brownish grey and I thought it was one of the foxes that live here. But it made a rather strange noise to be honest, a sound I´ve only heard on TV before.
So the first thing I did when I could reach my computer was to go out on the internet to see if I could find a place that had recorded the sounds of the animal I had in mind. Naturally there was such a place, we really can find everything out on the net :-)
The sound I heard did very much like the sound a raccoon in distress would make :-) They are so similar! But to be honest, I don´t think we have a raccoon in our forest. My dogs didn´t show any extra interest in any new scent and couldn´t had cared less about that sound. Most probably I did see a fox but the sound must have come from a bird. But it was a fun coincident :-)
But I do however know a couple of hunters that says we do have some raccoons in this country and that they most probably have been smuggled in to this country as a pet when they were young. They do have wild raccoons in Europe that once escaped from fur farms and since we have almost no border control after joining the EU it´s way too easy to smuggle animals in to Sweden. I do like raccoons, but they don´t belong here.
Today is a day made for relaxation, the weather isn´t exactly inviting to be honest. I have a pot of tea waiting and after that I think I´ll take a nap :-)
Have a great day now!