We have seveal birdfeeders around the house, as we like to see the birds come down and it helps them thrive, particularly in the winter months. Plus, it keeps the cats occupied. Recently, our birdseed consumption has been going up dramatically. At first we thought it was just the sudden increase in birds needing feeding with them all hatching in the late spring. However, this not the case. On Friday, I found the real cuplrit.


This young raccoon has discovered a nice regular source of food for himself. He is just a youngster and this is probabaly his first year on his own. Normally, raccoons can be quite destructive and messy when going after bird seed, but he was quite careful, taking one seed or nut at a time and then eating it before going back for more. Once he was full, he carefully climbed down and went to find some shade under the Land Rover. The cats didn’t like the intruder, but with such good manners, I don’t have the heart to turn him away from the feast. I just hope he doesn’t bring his friends over.


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