Category Archives: Critters

Canadian Geese Shop in Powell

We frequently see groups of Canadian Geese milling around neighborhood ponds or golf courses. Sometimes they stop traffic as they decide to cross a street, seemingly unaware of the potential to become roadkill. Yesterday I saw a group – gaggle? – of 25 geese at an unlikely place. They were leaving the Chase Bank parking lot, walking toward the construction on Powell Rd. There’s no water nearby as it is all parking lots and stores. Being geese, I wondered if they left “deposits” at the bank. 🙂

Canadian Geese in Powell

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The Murph has a birthday!

My little guy had a birthday today. It’s his 12th! He’s now an “old man” but that’s OK since we’ve grown old together. 🙂 Over the years he’s never lost that “little man attitude”. He still thinks he tough stuff!
Murphy, the dachshund

The Murph doesn’t like being “Home Alone”!

The Murph is happiest when he is with me. Most dogs are like that – they want to be with their humans. Last year I bought a trail camera to record the antics of the midnight raiders – the raccoons. This week I decided to set it up when I had to leave for a meeting. I was gone for close to 3 hours. Murph basically did 3 things the ENTIRE TIME: 1) watched out the window 2) checked the front door 3) howled – which really made me feel guilty! This video isn’t 3 hours long, but edited only to show examples of his behavior.

And to think I thought he probably just slept. Oh well …

It’s Spring … They’re BACK!!!

I noticed “signs” that “something” was eating at the feeders during the night. So I set up the trail camera last night and sure enough the raccoon has returned.
Raccoon at large feeder
I assume the reason the raccoon is looking directly at the camera is that it notices the red infrared lights that glow when the camera detects movement. It adds to the “creepy” factor!

Where’s Waldo (Murphy)?

dachshund in leavesLike many dogs, Murphy loves to play in the leaves. He always reminds me of a “where’s Waldo” picture because his coat matches the leaves.

Raccoons are a pain … Part 2!

In my last post on my challenges with raccoons raiding a particular bird feeder, I noted that I might have to update based on my success or the lack of it. Well, here’s my update … I’m NOT winning!

raccoons trashed feederI put the feeder on a small limb that I “thought” would be too weak for them to climb. I put the feeder what I “thought” would be far enough away from the trunk for them to reach. I hung it high enough that I “thought” would be higher than they could jump.

Well, I “thought” wrong! This is what I found this morning. ⇒

They totally unhooked all the hooks that hold the seed tray, then they ate all the seed.

bird feeder seed tray hooks⇐ This is what the hooks look like when they are in place. If the raccoon pulled on the seed tray, these hooks would merely tighten. The ONLY way they can be removed is with HANDS!

Now you might be thinking “why don’t you just stop using this appealing type of seed?” (It has various nuts, raisins and sunflower seeds.) At this point, it’s the principle. It’s humiliating to be outsmarted by a very cunning animal. THIS IS WAR!
trail camera & spot light

I’m going to spy on them. I bought a small motion-detector light and a hunter’s trail camera. I want to see how these critters are getting to the feeder. I’ll let you know what the camera captures tonight.

Stay tuned ….

By the way, if you go to YouTube and search for “raccoon bird feeder” you’ll find lots of pages of videos showing other people’s trials with the masked raiders. It’s comforting to know I’m not alone.