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Awaken from a sound sleep at 3 AM with the loud crash of my 5 gallon mud bucket of birdseed being rolled off the picnic table outside my bedroom window. Fortunately, I had secured the lid and thus a rather portly raccoon was more than a little upset that his efforts at thievery had failed. When I went out with the dogs at daybreak, I found that said raccoon had gotten his revenge by destroying my just purchased feeder, devouring all the orioles jam, and generally making a mess of my feeding operation. He also had somehow wheeled my 5 gallon bucket of seed all the way across the cleared area around the campsite until his attempt at theft was stopped by the thick brush surrounding the site. In all he moved this bucket almost 40 feet from the picnic table, but still was unable to get the lid off.
I repaired and refilled my feeder station and also placed my 5 gallon bucket of seed on the roof of the aluminum campsite shelter, 8 feet off the ground. The shelter has metal supports so I don’t think anyone should be able to get at it up there. I guess I will just have to take my feeders in at night.
Right after getting everything set back up, I had quite a bit of activity.
First, some uninvited guests, collared peccaries, who pretty much cleaned up all the spilt seed the raccoon scattered around the ground last night.
I got a kick out of this one trying to figure a way to get to the feeder.
A pair of cardinals also chipped in on cleaning up the spilled seed.
Green jays are a bird that doesn’t go much farther north than this part of Texas, like our northern blue jay, he is quite the feeder glutton, but makes the blue jay look rather dull in comparison.
Then a really pleasant surprise, one of my all time favorite birds showed up for a brief second, a golden fronted woodpecker!