I forgot to tell you the end of one of my stories. Remember just before I left for the trip to Tucson, I told you about the marauding raccoons? I tried several remedies to their continual raiding of the birdseed barrel which held sunflower seeds for the last three years, including putting weighted items on top, bungee cords, etc. Nothing worked. They continued to get inside and steal the sunflower seeds. My last attempt was to duct tape the lid on! I put eight strips over the top, tucking them tightly inside the rim, then wrapping another several strips around the ends to make it hard to loosen them.
Here is a picture, but I've opened it since then. Imagine that the duct tape is still in place.
The next morning, some of the tape was torn through, but the lid was still on! I felt pretty proud of myself!
Until I noticed that there were sunflower seeds all over the deck around it!! How did they do it?? I approached the can cautiously, thinking they might have squeezed in where the tape was loosened, and god help me if I opened it with one stuck inside!!
But I needn't worry. There were no raccoons. However, I found out how they got to the seeds!! Little buggers!! Look at this:
Can you believe it! They simply tore open the side of the heavy Rubbermaid can!!
So having run out of time, I drug the thing to the well house and closed it up in there the night before I left for Tucson. I knew it would be safe there till I returned and figured out a way to store it.
Then I came home and found that in their search for food, they found the other storage, about which I'd forgotten!! It was stored under a bench and holds about 40 lbs of regular wild bird seed. They had puled it out from under the bench and pried the top off. If you look carefully, you can see the scratch marks where they worked to get the top off.
Apparently, they didn't care for the seed in here like they did the sunflower seeds, as most of it was still there. I've now combined the two, regular seed mix and sunflower seeds in this container, and it is inside the house!! Man, they are persistent little pests! Cute but pesky nuisances!!
The big can is in the bed of the truck and will be in the dumpster later today. Maybe we can sever our strange relationship now? Not holding my breath!!!