Saturday, April 11, 2009

Morning Mystery

Before I had coffee this morning, at a time when I might be just a little foggy, I went out to feed the birds and found the hanging feeder on the ground. That's never happened before. It's the one that's hung high. The squirrel-proof feeder (really, they've have been trying for three years now without success--and doesn't that make the feeder an engineering miracle?).

So who done it in the dead of night?

I know which of our wildlife visitors didn't--not the gray foxes who come at dusk to clean birdseed off the rocks. Gray foxes are rumored to climb trees but we've never even seen them try and the feeder tree wouldn't be easy. 

Not the skunks who usually arrive after the foxes; but do sometimes waddle in before the foxes are quite through, which results in a careful raised-tail dance for both parties. The skunks dig holes in mulch and flower beds but they don't climb trees.

That leaves possums, raccoons and deer on my maybe list. What do you think?


  1. What a wonderful menagerie you have traipsing through your world. I'll go for raccoon.

    Would you share the type of feeder you have that is actually squirrel proof. I'm sure it's possible but most end up being compromised as they figure out the weak spots.

    I've bookmarked HCM. It will be good to have a Hill Country connection to check in on.

  2. Thanks, Jay! I'm tickled to be on your reading list. I'll revisit the store to get the feeder name but am happy to share it...anything to keep them from taking over.

  3. Kat, I'll be waiting with Jay to find out what bird-feeder is squirrel-proof! Also, I'm hunting down all available clues to your Morning Mystery .... How high off the ground is the feeder? Also, how is the feeder situated? Hung from a tree branch? How high is the branch? What did you use to hang the feeder? Rope? Fish line? How long is the line? Oh - and did you find out who the perp was? That deer does look suspicious. Hmmm.

  4. Sharon, you're a true detective. The feeder is hung on an arching branch of an Ashe Juniper tree, via a metal S-shaped hangar about 10 feet off the ground. I'll post a picture of the feeder soon. Haven't figured out the perp yet although today's favorite is a raccoon.

  5. Our friend Dave says that this isn't a mystery to him...he's seen deer standing up on hind legs and pawing up into the tree to get at his feeders.


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