Having spent most my life in Alaska, a place without Raccoons, I must admit I had never seen this common mammal. I was very pleasantly surprised and excited to find a number of them at Santee Lakes. They usually hung out on the different islands. This one was high up in a palm tree in a spot I had noticed a fair amount of bird activity earlier in the week, I think he may be raiding a nest.
While in Borrego I had another first time mammal sighting when I spotted my first Kit Fox. It was in the dark early one morning on my way to shoot sunrise. I saw another one in the exact same spot, while I was returning to camp after sunset. I thought I might be on to something, and the next day spent the better part of a morning and evening hiking around the area, but was unable to spot these elusive animals, or even a den. I did find a couple of coyotes. I even saw a coyote at Santee Lakes.
We have moved down to the coast in Chula Vista and will be spending the week in this area doing mostly travel type photography.