What’s Up? – WhoDunit?
The past week has been busy for my lawn and backyard and all surrounding areas of our house. Now we are having more hours of sun and a little warmer day. The grassy lawn was treated with anti-weed chemicals and then later on Friday we had the landscaping crew mow and edge all areas. It’s looking nicer now, even when the grass is not green yet.
For the past 2 weeks, I’ve heard the clay saucers that I use as feeders, hit the deck floor, when I look through the window I see no movement of further noise. Almost every night, one or two saucers were broken to pieces. Also, the plastic container with the suet-seeds mix, was found on the floor with most of the content eaten and a real mess (suet is made with animal fat)
Then I opted to nail the container down. It worked only partially, the container remained in place but the content was almost gone and the mess got bigger. I installed small brass brackets to fasten the saucers . The saucer’s problem returned with more of them broken. I bought same size saucers made of plastic and screwed them to the deck’s handrail. This did the work!
One more thing, I was experimenting of trying peanut butter to see if the woodpeckers might want to stop by and maybe stay for a while. I already have Downy Woodpeckers but they love the suet. So, I placed a clay saucer with lots of peanut butter, I used the brass brackets to hold it fasten. Next day the saucer was gone, I found it on top of some hedges. Totally clean!
What kind of animal could be causing this problem? The following are my findings to help solve the mystery.
- – The raids are always after 10:30 pm.
- – The animal eats seeds of several kinds, suet, peanut butter.
- – It must have some kind of hands or paws, able to grip and pull objects.
- – It’s obvious that loved the peanut butter, the saucer looked as it was licked!
We do not have any raccoons where we live. We have owls in the area, but, I don’t think they are able to lick a saucer or go for seeds having many rodents or reptiles in the woods. The squirrels do not forage at late night, they get more options during the day.
What animal could be causing this problem?