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Photo: Bird of Prey in Belmont Shore

If you spot wildlife in our densely-built neighborhood, share it with Patch!

One night a few weeks ago, I was walking back from Bay Shore beach at twilight when there gathered a knot of poeple at the corner of First and Claremont. They were gazing at the corner curb, chuckling and pointing.

"What are you all looking at?" I asked.

It was a mama raccoon and her beady-eyed babies, peeking out from the sewer drain. They were three-in-a-row, and their natural dark masks made them look like bandits lurking from their getaway spot.

I've heard people talking about coyotes prowlig around Livingston Park, The Toledo and surfacing out of the Naples Island gutter openings in the curb. Take that photo for us! 

We've had a falcon in our alley devouring a shore bird. Now here's one that was apparently going for the back-to-school specials behind Brunchtime. Compliments of Belmont Shore resident Jen Rose.

Luis September 10, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Raccoons, possums, falcons, coyotes, squirrels are amost in every part of this county living side by side with us. In most cases you won't even know they are here unless you happen to spot one. If you don't want them in your yard or home don't leave food outside and make sure you secure the covers on your trash cans and don't feed them...you'll never get rid of them if you do. They can also get inside your home if they find out the house is empty and there is a way in.
Paige Austin September 11, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I have seen a falcon in my Seal Beach neighborhood too. According to wildlife officials, the wetlands are a popular hunting spot for the birds.

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