byon 08-13-2014 at 12:27 PM (308 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.