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Destructive Visitor

Pesky but cute raccoons raid bird feeders in broad daylight.  S/he broke the lath barrier and a few days before wrecked a filled planter, rooting through for scattered seeds. Happens every year.

Destructive Visitor

Pesky but cute raccoons raid bird feeders in broad daylight.  S/he broke the lath barrier and a few days before wrecked a filled planter, rooting through for scattered seeds. Happens every year.

comments (26)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Jun 2013, 01:24
Beautiful animals...you would have to forgive...
Mary MacADNski: I know. They're so cute but destructive too.
  • Shannon
  • Canada
  • 19 Jun 2013, 02:57
Ohhh........pesky is definitely the right word!! I have some here that like to poop right on my front door welcome mat!!.....Argh!!! But they are pretty darn cute and you sure have caught this little fellas good side!! smile
Mary MacADNski: Skunks do that too. Both are pesky critters but part of our predatory system in our man designed communities.
Great shot Mary... we had lots of raccoons in Ottawa... but there are none this far north... but we have bears that do about the same damage... just more of it....petersmile

That squirrel got back up onto the feeder yesterday... and chewed a hole for a door and was right inside... Penny shooed him off and then she greased the pole... thanks for the tip it works great....petersmile
Mary MacADNski: Squirrels can chew through about everything. I have problems with them too.
I think there's a reason they were given such cute faces - so we won't wipe them off the face of the planet for their destructive antics! I mean - how can you even be angry at that face! Great capture Mary!
Mary MacADNski: I know. They are cute critters but they are destructive too.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Jun 2013, 06:33
An appealing looking looter Mary
Mary MacADNski: That they are.
Ahh but you have to forgive that face Mary!!
Mary MacADNski: I will forgive it but Am chasing it next time.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Jun 2013, 07:30
Reminds me of the squirrels in Atlanta, Mary...where everyone wants to get out their pellet guns to shoot them dead on the spot, because of how much damage they wreak. (sigh)
Mary MacADNski: I wouldn't go that far lol. They are pesky but cute too.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 19 Jun 2013, 08:04
Oh my googness he is gorgeous. What a lovely shot.
Mary MacADNski: He was really beautiful.l I got 7 or 8 decent shots.
  • Richard T
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Jun 2013, 08:18
well if you will throw seed on the floor what do you expect
Mary MacADNski: The nuthatch scatters them. I have them in a squirrel proof feeder but nuthatches scratch ten out as they are selecting their one seed, over and over.
he is nosy too
Mary MacADNski: Yes, was very interested in us.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Jun 2013, 10:17
S/he looks dangerous and frightening - I hope s/he will never come back until the next year!
Mary MacADNski: They come every two or three nights.
But how could you get cross....?
Mary MacADNski: They have a cute face but fierce actions.
  • newodililly
  • Italy
  • 19 Jun 2013, 11:16
Very cute. Ciao Mary.
Mary MacADNski: Check back soon for new kittens, Stephania.
Lovely looking little character, you might get angry but I bet that's as far as it goes.
Mary MacADNski: I repotted with some new plants, like I do every year and moved the pot.
I usually think of raccoons as being nocturnal, Mary. Encountering one is broad daylight is a bit frightening. Hopefully, you were able to scare her away without incident. Sure makes a cute picture, though.
Mary MacADNski: He came in early evening. Didn't have the decency to wait till after dark.
That's really cute, looks as cheeky as my Jack Russell, she's good at chewing things also. Posing for this nice picture helps make amends for the misdeeds smile
Mary MacADNski: Life in the country when you're a bird feeder.
smarties they are, my son's house in California is very much of their taste let me tell you...
Mary MacADNski: They visit here every few nights.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Jun 2013, 16:30
Great capture, it looks in fine condition (all that stolen bird food I expect!)
Mary MacADNski: Exactly! It was a most beautiful raccoon, a yearling, I would say.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Jun 2013, 18:03
It wears a mask - very appropriate.
Mary MacADNski: Yes but did not wait till dark on the soon longest day of the year's late light.
What a cute one Mary! I love the expression.
Mary MacADNski: I got quite a few shots.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Jun 2013, 20:37
What a brilliant capture! It looks like its trapped in the fence a bit like a pillory, How can you be cross with such a thing?
Mary MacADNski: It is trapped in the fence and broke it. I may make a gif of it's actions.
Hard to resist a face like that Mary
Mary MacADNski: His big nose tells it all though. He can smell anything that might be food.
He looks innocent enough here... just peeking through.
... The week we moved here... like 13 years ago... a large raccoon sat in our bird bath & rolled a large, shiny, wet marble (that was sitting in the bottom) around in his paws. He did this for about half an hour every evening for almost a month. He tried to take it with him each time but never succeeded. : )
Mary MacADNski: They do manipulate things very thoroughly it seems. When we had a dog and I kept a water dish outdoors, they used it to wash everything they stole from the garden, before eating it.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 20 Jun 2013, 06:57
To cute, pity about the mess they made Mary
Mary MacADNski: I am a slow learner. I just have to keep plants away from that area.
Wonderful photosmile Greetings
Mary MacADNski: Thanks for visiting.
In the old days pesky raccoons became coon skin hats, or their tails became automobile ornaments. Maybe those of you who are troubled by these visitors could post pictures of such products near the bird feeders with a caption: "GO AWAY, OR THIS COULD BE YOU!"
Mary MacADNski: We have a coon skin hat here in the kid's former 'tickle trunk'. I could give that a try.

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