It was only minutes after we got the cockatiel settled and fed that I saw the raccoon helping himself to the bird feeders outside my kitchen window. One of my feeders is a tribute to recycling- an old satellite pole, the bottom of an oscillating fan, and an old broom. The birds love it because they can land on the broom and break off pieces for their nests. I like it because it is sturdy enough to withstand the antics of the raccoons. My previous “store bought” platform feeder was on the ground each night. This guy apparently prefers sunflower seeds over dog food because while he was dining here, the rabbit was eating the dog food I had left for him. (The photos have an odd color cast because they were taken through a screen.)
And of course if one feeder has something good, then surely the next will be even better! You may notice my feeble attempts to make that one “raccoon resistant” by placing a pizza pan under the pie pan. LOL He simply bent the edge of it down about two days after I put it up last year.
Our bird guest is still sleeping this morning. 4am is not his usual time to awaken and I read that cockatiels need 10-12 hours of sleep. So he “talked” to me briefly when I got up, and then promptly went back to dozing. I will put up a couple of notices this morning and try to locate his owner.
Almost afraid to go out and water the garden this morning! Who knows who or WHAT might be out there!
Have a great day!