RACCOONS DEFEAT MY “CAGE”

•06/01/16 • Comments Off on RACCOONS DEFEAT MY “CAGE”

Well, I tried again. I moved the bird feeder with the really tasty seed (nuts, fruit, seed) to a new spot. I first hung it on a small limb of the Hawthorne tree (thorns). That didn’t work. They went out the thorny limb and undid the hooks holding the catch tray underneath. So I put up the chicken wire/rebar cage underneath the feeder hanging from a shepherd’s hook. That’s not working either.

As an aside, a new cable company is laying cable in my neighborhood. I chatted with the guy marking the lines and learned he and his Dad have a “critter removal” business. I took his name and number. I may need to make that call.

SMALL TOWN POLICE BLOTTERS ARE FUN

•05/28/16 • Comments Off on SMALL TOWN POLICE BLOTTERS ARE FUN

Raccoon at bird feeder

 

There was this from the Delaware Gazette Police Blotter

Three raccoon statues were stolen from a flower bed on Mxxxxxxx Village Drive Thursday afternoon. Police have no suspects.”

I’m wondering if having a raccoon statue would deter the REAL raccoons! I may have to give that some thought. Or perhaps the REAL raccoons stole the fake ones.

THE RACCOONS ARE WINNING!

•04/28/16 • Comments Off on THE RACCOONS ARE WINNING!

It’s spring and the raccoons are back. They clean out the peanut feeder which is for the squirrels and chipmunks. They eat at the platform feeder which holds oilers. They really like the feeder that holds the “wildlife” mix which contains seed, nuts & fruits. Perhaps I need to borrow a neighbor’s beagles for a couple night.

EDIT UPDATE: Recently the MSN Home Page had a teaser headline of “Animals Smarter Than Humans“. One of the animals was Raccoons! In an old study they were found to be able to pick locks. Other studies found they have an impeccable memory. And they have really great hearing, able to hear earthworms underground.
 

 

 

 

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HAWKS TROLLING BIRDFEEDERS

•01/23/16 • Comments Off on HAWKS TROLLING BIRDFEEDERS

Hawk in tree

Frequently hawks visit my yard – sometimes in the front and sometimes in the back. They’re hoping to snag a bird at the feeders or a chipmunk scampering around. I once noticed a large adult hawk eyeing Murphy. I assume it was trying to figure out if he’s a rabbit. I have a book listing hawks in the Midwest, but I can’t identify what type of hawk these two are. These photos were taken through windows since they fly away if I try to sneak outside. Their eyesight is too good!

Hawk at door

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DOING BATTLE WITH RACCOONS

•11/15/15 • Comments Off on DOING BATTLE WITH RACCOONS

I’ve been doing battle with a couple raccoons in my yard. I know that I’m not alone. Many people who feed the birds have the same problem. I’ve written three posts – so far – on my other blog:

  1. Raccoons are a pain … Part 1
  2. Raccoons are a pain … Part 2
  3. Raccoons are a pain … Part 3

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SQUIRRELS ARE CUTE BUT CO$TLY

•10/20/15 • Comments Off on SQUIRRELS ARE CUTE BUT CO$TLY

This is intended to be BIRD feeder! But the seed in it has seeds, fruits and NUTS! Thus, it seems one of the squirrels has deemed it worthy of a challenge even though there is another peanut feeder for them and the chipmunks. The birds that normally eat here were rather upset that the squirrel was taking their food. They found temporary relief at the nearby bath.

If it weren’t for that pretty, fluffy tail and the cute little hands …… they would be a rat.

SOME DOGS ARE JUST GOOD ESCAPE ARTISTS

•10/08/15 • Comments Off on SOME DOGS ARE JUST GOOD ESCAPE ARTISTS

Boone - the beagle mix

This is the gate to my backyard. I was edging the beds in the front when I heard a familiar yip. That dog – named Boone – looking through the gate is a 5mo old sweet Beagle-mix that lives in the white house in the background. His house has a fenced yard just like my yard. When he first came to live with his new family, he was small and managed to squeeze under the wire part of the fence. We thought it would be temporary until he grew and could no longer squeeze under.

Well that’s not happening. Even though he now has long legs, he’s still able to “limbo” under the wire in no time flat. If I’m out in the back and he’s let out, he happily joins the Murph and me. Murph doesn’t like Boone in HIS yard at all! But my yard has new smells (chipmunks) and another big dog in a neighbor’s yard that he can play with. He started coming into my yard whether I was outside or not. So his teenaged family member has to jump the fence to retrieve him. I don’t mind him coming into the yard, but while he was at the gate, he tried to squeeze under it as well. That would be bad if he could get out in the open and in Beagle-style, follow his nose to who knows where. 

When the Dad came home, he began working on putting up a barricade, so I gave him some wire fencing I had in the garage for him to put on his side of the fence. Then he put in strategically placed small wood slats. So far it seems to be working. It’s amazing that a fence that keeps in “low rider Murph”, can’t keep in a long-legged Beagle.

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