Some of you may remember that this summer I was visited by a thief, a hummingbird nectar thief to be exact. This went on all summer. I either had to take it in every night, or just make more nectar every day--every single day or disappoint the hummers. If I got home a bit late or had something going on and I didn't get it in--it was drained dry. Some weeks I remembered to take it in every day for a week and I'd think that maybe if I left it out he wouldn't come, but I was always wrong. What could it be, I wondered, bats, possums, raccoons? After I found one feeder on the ground with it's top unscrewed I pretty much figured it had to be a raccoon.
I haven't seen a hummingbird for 5 days now so I think they have embarked on their journey to warmer climes. Still I have put the feeder out every day just in case a lonely hummingbird passing through may stop to refuel.
Tonight I was bound and determined to catch the thief in the act if only to see exactly how he does it. So I got a couple pillows, cracked a space in the vertical blinds overlooking my deck and waited. I pretty much had figured out that the culprit visited around 7:30 every night.
7:32 on the dot, he came. Yup, raccoon alright and he was a pretty gutsy little dude too. He reached up and tilted the feeder. Our eyes met and I swear he gave me the stink eye, since I was ruining his party. I opened the sliding glass door and he ran, but only after he gave me one last very dirty look.
Sorry I have no photos since my camera is not that high tech and all I got was a very blurry furry!
Mystery solved and since Hummingbird season is over, he will have to get his kool-aid somewhere else.
Anyone else have raccoon raiders?