Friday, August 9, 2013

Bats in my belfry, or is raccoons on deck?




I love feeding hummingbirds so from early spring to late September they frolic and flit around my feeder.  Lately, however I am experiencing a bit of a mystery. Every morning I fill the feeder and at dusk there is till nectar in it, but by the next morning, it is empty.  This is no one time occurrence but happening every single night!

So since the feeder is not leaking, a nocturnal visitor must be the culprit.  What could it be?  My first thought was that it was a raccoon, but upon further investigation I am coming to believe bats are visiting my feeder.

Anyone have this problem?  I don’t know why it is-- but odd things always seem to come my way.  As it stands I am re-filling the feeder every morning.  I have sat up late, looked out on the deck hoping to catch the little thief in the act with no luck. Just last night the feeder was knocked off it’s pole completely.  

So, I am thinking  I have no choice but to take it in and put it in the garage every night.

Suggestions are welcome. 


6 comments:

Christine said...

this looks like something to google...very mysterious!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

That is a mystery! Let us know if you figure it out!

Faye said...

Not sure where you live, but I have heard of black bears sneaking nectar from feeders. In fact we had an incident about a year ago. We didn't see the bear, but the shepherd's crook pole the feeder was on was bent. It had to be something very strong to bend the metal pole. And the feeder was empty. If there are no bears in your area, I'd say raccoons or possums.

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

I'd say raccoons!

Magic Love Crow said...

Bats or raccoons? I know for us, we have to take our bird feeder in every night! I think you have to take your feeder in too ;o)

Makeiteasycrafts.blogspot.com said...

The only problem with taking it in every night is that I read that hummingbirds need the nectar at dawn and I'm not about to get up every day at dawn :-(

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