If we had seen this guy before our first cup of coffee we might not have believed our eyes, but we spotted him as we went for a refill.
He looked right us, probably thinking, "I wonder if they have blueberry muffins?", and then ambled on headed in the direction of the beach down the shore. Perhaps bathing before breakfast is part of his invariable routine. Good on him, we say. Even bears need structure in their day.
08:00 Wake up, snort
08:30 Bathe, shake, sun self on beach
09:00 Check blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries for ripeness
09:30 Dig into rotty stump for grubs and ants
10:00 Small siesta
And so on.
It was a first sighting in our very own screen porch vista and kicked off an unofficial wildlife survey for the day. By sundown the list included: bear, deer (of course), loon, osprey, turkey, sandhill crane, garter snake, urban (Cable, WI) rabbit, hummingbird, bat, and the usual assortment of chattering chipmunks and squirrels of various colors. All happy we presume, that the vacationers' fireworks supplies have finally been depleted by being deployed off and on over the course of a 4th celebration that seemed to stretch all the way to the 14th of July.