Not ten minutes after my last post, we noticed this guy in our backyard:
Yes, it's a skunk. We smell them from time to time in the evening, and run around closing all the windows, but a daylight sighting is unusual. We think this one is still young.
Our birdbath is quite a popular watering hole. It is often stuffed to the brim with migrating birds in the spring and fall. The sparrows especially like to all pile in at once. Sometimes I think it would be a great location for a webcam!
And sometimes we have take the bad along with the good. I suppose all God's creatures have some (inscrutable) role to play!