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CRITTER TALES

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by on 08-13-2014 at 12:27 PM (264 Views)
OK--we all have them. Some more than others. And they all get lost on the weather blogs. So, here's a place to put them.

I was inspired to start this blog because the battle between me and my growing resident raccoon family is escalating. It all started because I was blaming the skwerls for emptying my fancy skwerl-proof bird feeders somehow--but I couldn't image HOW they were doing it so fast. (I wouldn't have this problem if I had listened to Squawk.)

Anyway, Monday AM I caught the culprit red-handed. Mama Raccoon was up in the tree, reeling in my hanging feeder, turning it upside down and sideways, and shaking it!!! The babies were on the ground eating the songbird mix with all the sunflower seeds and the rest of the mix!

In reality, this is not so bad, except: #1 That danged food is expensive and #2 If the birds are on the ground eating the leftover seeds, they are easy pickins for the cats!!!

Now, I refilled the feeder Tues. and Wed. AM, not only is my feeder empty AGAIN, it is tangled UP in the tree.

This is going to be a battle..............of wits.

I am going to use 40 lb. test and tie the feeder to the ground!!!! No more pulling it up into the tree! I'll let you know how it goes.

My next battle is how to keep them from bathing in my fountain---the ENTIRE family was in there over the weekend! All I know to do know is to keep Clorox in the water--they don't seem to like the smell, but I don't want to poison the skwerls and cats that drink from it.

Well, have some fun with this. I fully expect to see some tales from GEEP and her menagerie. And Tulsa and her kittehs, and Cone and his bunnies.

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Updated 08-14-2014 at 12:17 PM by Landfall2004

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  1. McBart ender's Avatar
    firsties (self reported)
  2. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Yo, Mc Bart, Engineer--can't you whip-up some raccoon-baffling contraptions fer me?
  3. McBart ender's Avatar
    My mother was having similar problems with her bird feeders. She had been at war for 8 yrs; having spent a small fortune at the local feed store on "Squirrel Proof" feeders, that were anything but. She lays out corn and sunflower specifically for the squirells, but apparently that's not enough. Each spring she would purchase two or three of the latest high-end 'guaranteed squirrel proof' feeders. Heh, yea right. It didn't take long for them or the coons to figure out how to get into them. She finally called me, and in the fashion of any Real Engineer I went WAAaayyyy overboard. ....But it has worked for three years now.

    I had to string a piece of 1/4" steel cable between two trees about 100 feet apart maybe 30 feet above ground. I hung two pulleys on that cable about 20 feet from each tree. Then ran another length of steel cable going through each pulley. I put 20 feet of light chain on the end of each of those cables. The chain is snap-shackeld to a loop secured with a 1/2"x4" screw eye at the base of each support tree. Bird feeders of any sort hang from the other end of the cables up near the pulley.

    (I'd draw a sketch, but have no way of posting it here. I can E-mail you a diagram if you want.)

    To re-fill the feeders the chain ends are released to lower the feeders. After filling, the feeders are raised by pulling on the chains, then securing them to the snap-shackles. She reports the squirrels are quite frustrated now, but are content to eat the corn and sunflower she lays out for them. She enjoys watching their frustration as they try to figure it out. She reported a couple of them pawing and gnawing furiously at the snap-shackel. If they ever figure that out it can be replaced with a padlock.
  4. Landfall2004's Avatar
    OK--almost time to take out the heavy artillery.

    I tied the bird feeder to the bench nearby, so the raccoons could not reel it up into the tree. I used 40 lb. test and you couldn't see it.

    Evidently they yanked and yanked until one of my knots gave way (that monofilament is slick.) I thought I used a fisherman's knot, but maybe not. I pulled my bird feeder out of the tree AGAIN, and tied a better knot ( I hope.) If this doesn't work, WIRE is next. If that doesn't work, gonna have to get some of McBart's aircraft cable!!!!!

    I also caught the 3 babies in my fountain last night. Pictures one of these days.
  5. McBart ender's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Landfall2004
    OK--almost time to take out the heavy artillery.

    I tied the bird feeder to the bench nearby, so the raccoons could not reel it up into the tree. I used 40 lb. test and you couldn't see it.

    Evidently they yanked and yanked until one of my knots gave way (that monofilament is slick.) I thought I used a fisherman's knot, but maybe not. I pulled my bird feeder out of the tree AGAIN, and tied a better knot ( I hope.) If this doesn't work, WIRE is next. If that doesn't work, gonna have to get some of McBart's aircraft cable!!!!!

    I also caught the 3 babies in my fountain last night. Pictures one of these days.
    Thought about the fountain issues last night. How about a "separate but nearly equal" type thing. Go buy them a Wall-Mart kiddie pool at end of season blow-out prices. $3 -$7 You know, one of those cheep plastic bowls about 8" deep and 3' around. Place it over closer to where they live, and maybe throw some orange or apple next to it. Hopefully they will use that instead of your fountain.

    Any level of chlorine in the fountain that would offend them would probably hurt the birds.

    Oh, and feel free to post that sketch I sent you. (just include the notes page as well.)
  6. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Well, so far, the new knot is holding. But I still have wire in reserve...............
  7. Landfall2004's Avatar
    The bird feeders are holding up OK so far. The skwerls are more of a problem than the raccoons now.

    This AM, not only was Mama Coon taking a bath in my fountain, but then she came and knocked, knocked I say, on my back door wanting more cat food. The nerve!!!!
  8. NavarreMark's Avatar
    We have consensus between model runs. The Behcon model is still showing the land cane developing over North Carolina and going out to sea.

  9. NavarreMark's Avatar
    The 06Z GFS obviously hasn't had the upgrade.

  10. NavarreMark's Avatar
    I just realized that I have been trying my FBM trade in the Critter Tales Blog.

    How the he11 did that happen.

    I'm lozing my touch.
  11. PcolaDan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Landfall2004
    The bird feeders are holding up OK so far. The skwerls are more of a problem than the raccoons now.

    This AM, not only was Mama Coon taking a bath in my fountain, but then she came and knocked, knocked I say, on my back door wanting more cat food. The nerve!!!!
    I have had squirrels do that before. I mean seriously, stood on hind legs, then knocked on the sliding glass door, then looked in like, "WELL!? We're hungry out here!".
  12. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Dan, mine either go on the rocking chair outside the living room window, climb on the top and look in the window at me, or they go on the very top of the fountain, stand up, and look at me when I am standing at the kitchen sink. For redents, they are not so dumb.
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