I had a minor problem with my birdseed this past weekend. We bought 40lbs. of seed and I put it on the back porch in the big plastic tub I use for a seed container. Opened it, went out to fill the feeders, and came back to find little black bugs escaping from the bag. There were literally hundreds! Well, that doesn’t hurt the seed or the birds, but I sure didn’t want them on my back porch, so we moved the seed container to the patio. I couldn’t find the lid to it so I just put a plant pot and brick on the top of the bag.
Monday when I came home from work, it was obvious that something other than the birds had enjoyed a “little” snack!! The bag was torn open and the seed was spilled inside the plastic container. I made a little more of an effort to find the lid and put it on. Then I put the brick on top of that, and even turned the wheelbarrow over it.
Monday evening I was watching television and heard the wheelbarrow fall. I went out to investigate, but didn’t see anything, and the seed container was intact.
Last night Robert and I were in the kitchen talking while I cooked dinner. I started to walk into the dining area when he said, “Hey, look!” I turned around and saw a HUGE raccoon standing on his hind legs looking at us through the sliding glass door! I’ve seen a lot of raccoons, but this is the fattest guy ever. I think he has been raiding the compost pile and the bird feeders and the garden! LOL He looked at us for a few more minutes and then ambled to the back yard. Robert opened the back door and said “hi” and the coon ran for the woods.
A few hours later I heard the wheelbarrow scraping on the cement. Gary went out with the flashlight and said our visitor was trying to open the lid again. I guess I will either have to leave him more food in the compost pile or move my birdseed container. Maybe the bugs have frozen by now!