I have seen the face of evil and it wears a mask. In my quest to rid myself of Public Enemy #1, I overlooked his demon spawn brethren.
That’s right, my latest nuisance is the masked bandit himself (sorry for the flash eyes). Actually I must instead refer to them as bandits since there are about three of them that have taken it upon themselves to terrorize my bird feeders. For the the longest time I could not figure out why my seed kept disappearing so fast. At first I thought the birds were just really hungry, but as time progressed, it kept going down faster and faster. That’s when I noticed these guys coming around.
Sure, they look kind of cute, but they have this feature called opposable thumbs which apparently fuels their passion to climb. It just so happens that my feeders are attached to a tree. Yes, you know where I am heading with this don’t you?
I actually figured my rope approach to hanging the feeders would prevent the little varmints from being able to reach them. Obviously, the squirrels figured out how to navigate this obstacle, but I figured the weight of the raccoon would deter this kind of bad behavior. That would be a big error in judgment based on the fact they apparently took some pointers from monkeys. Check this acrobat move out.
I like this shot a lot for a couple of reasons. First off, it shows exactly how my birdseed is disappearing. It reaches its mischievous little paws into the larger feeder openings and throws it to the ground where his friends are waiting to eagerly to feast. Interestingly enough, only one of the three is ever up in the tree at one time so there must be some kind of short straw thing going on. The other reason I like this shot is it shows the hanging technique it has mastered to defeat my rope system. Check out that back leg latched onto the branch. In case you are having trouble seeing it, here is a closer view.
Please continue reading after the jump. I have a bunch more pictures of this demon spawn.