Saturday, February 28, 2015

Varmint in a Tree

We've had trouble with raccoon varmints this month. I have the horse feed secured in the barn (bags stored in closed tack room; usable feed in three metal trash cans) and years ago, we switched the bird seed storage to metal trash cans, too. But the raccoons have taken to raiding the bird feeders almost every night. The dogs spot them through the deck windows and go bonkers until I let them out. The dogs chase the raiders up into trees and sometimes keep them there all through the night, even when temps drop to freezing. But eventually (because they've mellowed with age) they will give up their post and come in to eat breakfast. I keep the dogs inside until the raccoons can make their escape in the daylight. Here's one making his descent from the bird feeder tree.

The Whistlers are wondering why this night-time varmint is out in the daylight.


The dogs tear up the bark on the trees out of frustration because they can't reach their prey.



Making sure the coast is clear before leaving the tree.



Not exactly graceful, but it works.


Feisty varmint, just go already!

Finally!
Here's another tree the dogs have scraped up. Anyone else see the "Ghostbusters" logo in it or is it just me? :)

Linking to Saturday's Critters

121 comments:

Dianna said...

It's so frustrating: I feel the same way about the Canada Geese. I know they're hungry, but I just don't want them to find anything to eat here that will cause them to return....
Great pictures!

Georgette Sullins said...

Same here on the armadillos that dig up the yard. What to do?

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

But they are so cute ! I think.

DJan said...

Now that's a varmint that scares me. I saw a group of them capture and eat a little dog once. They are all around our apartment complex, too; when it snows I see their tracks.

eileeninmd said...

I have had the pesky critters raiding my bird feeders too. Great series of images and you know I love the Whistling Ducks.. Maybe your raccoon will become spooked by your dogs chasing them and stay away.. wishful thinking! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post.. Have a happy weekend!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

When all else fails, document!

What we do to deal with these critters is amazing. My aunt feeds her raccoons cookies in the summer. The cookies are so sweet that they stop eating her tomatoes, which must taste nasty after the dollar store version of an Oreo.

Happy Saturday!

My name is Janis, and I am not a robot √
(I'm having fun saying that today, for some reason).

William Kendall said...

What a cute varmint he is, too.

My parents, when they lived in cottage country, were very careful not to have anything around that raccoons could smell (or bears), so they were never really problematic, though they were seen from time to time. They stopped feeding the birds in the spring when they started to be active again. The only exception was the hummingbird feeder. I remember one time looking out the kitchen window, and there was a raccoon hanging onto the post with three paws, and one paw outstretched to tip the hummingbird feeder over enough that it would drain the sugar water and he could lick it up off the sidewalk.. He noticed me, and looked at me as if saying, "What? Do you mind?"

DeniseinVA said...

Great photos Theresa! They are pesky things and I have had them at my bird feeders, but can't help myself I love the little guys.

Sandra said...

i like the next to last shot of the raccoon... he is a beauty... i wonder if their food supply is down because of all the cold weather and snow this year. or do they do it every winter.. i do see the ghost in the bark.

Rose said...

Wonder if you have more than one coon that comes? If not maybe you could live trap it/them and take elsewhere to let out.

I do see the ghostbusters symbol.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Tooooo Funny!! Poor Whistlers were patient waiting on the raccoon to go his merry way!!
We had a tree that was too close to our house. A Momma raccoon made a hole in our roof and would come and go as she please by way of the tree. I became a crazy women when she had her babies in the wall of our house and you could hear her and the babies chatting in the middle of the night. I would bang on the wall, until she finally took her babies, one by one out of the wall down the tree, out to the woods. We fixed the hole and cut down the tree.

Sally said...

Those are some great catches with your camera. I'm not a fan of those creatures (thinking of the times they got into the trash the last place we lived). :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

We have the identical situation here. (in the city) But thankfully the raccoons can go from oak tree to oak tree to get away. My Rott just loses it when she shes those glowing eyes overhead. She'll glare into the trees all night long.

CatTales said...

You captured some great photos. He sure took his time coming down!

DIMI said...

Well the raccoon was very hungry Tex!!Great series of photos!!
Have a happy weekend!
Dimi...

carolann said...

Oh they can be very destructive. Like a kid at times. Cant resit the cute mask face but when they get mad. Look out.

They can growl.

Gail said...

This is a fantastic series!

I do love the whistler's character.

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Since I don't have to live with them, I would say that racoon is cute :))
And I see that logo in there too - you have some very creative dogs :))
Have a wonderful Sunday!
【ツ】Knipsa

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Wow! The fury of angry dogs!

Made by KKann said...

Wow - så utrolig kule bilder av vaskebjørnen.

ThreeOldKeys said...

Your photos are great! It cracks me up how the whistlers just stay put, and the cardinal adds some colorful garnish!

Who you gonna claw? Ghostbusters!

Debbie said...

oh t, they may not be able to reach him, but they look like they are pretty close!!!

that perfect line of whistlers, sooooo funny!!!

don said...

These varmints look so cute, but can be to troublesome to people. They are so tenacious and persistent that its hard to control them.

Marissa said...

I think I'd get a BB gun...But, they are so cute too...

Brk Trt said...

They are a pain in the rump. We had a few of them causing problems last fall, luckily I have not seen one since.

1st Man said...

They are a pain, we had one getting into a trashcan, even figured out how to undo the latch. But I gotta admit, they are so cute. Love your first photo of him/her bracing in the tree.

Stay warm!!

Farm Girl said...

That is a big raccoon! I know they are pests, but after raising one as a girl I still have a weakness for them.
I know they are mean as all get out if cornered but that one is very pretty.
You got really good photos of it.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I see the ghostbusters, maybe they can rid you of your varmint :-)

Mr. Cardinal looks a little puzzled as well.

Terry and Linda said...

Bad raccoons...not a favorite of mine, because of how they kill and eat birds.

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Irma said...

Unbelievable that you get a raccoon in the garden.
Here you can see it only in the zoo.
Beautiful pictures !!!
Have a happy weekend.

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a little bugger! Great action shots of him coming down. I see the Ghostbusters logo too. I hear the movie is being remade with all female ghostbusters this time!

sweetdaysundertheoaks.com said...

I see the Ghostbusters logo! Raccoons have absolutely torn up our feeders in the past. We seem to have gotten rid of them for now after they dug their way in and took up residence under our front concrete porch. They were trapped and moved. They will be back but for now it is peaceful here without them. Fun pictures of him/her making its way down the tree and the getaway!

Molly TheWally said...

Crikey that must drive the dogs nuts. Cheeky things. Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

Sylvia K said...

Ah, I bet they do drive the dogs nuts!!

Crissi said...

Super great series.
nice Weekend
Crissi

Margaret Adamson said...

Great shots of Raccoons and ducks. Pity they are destructive. Have a lovely weekend.

carol l mckenna said...

Neat shots of the 'varmint' ~ they are cute to look at but what problems they can be!

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

Mama Zen said...

That first shot is just hilarious!

Paula said...

We found out how smart Raccoons are when we trapped wild hogs. They could always figure out how to steal the bait. Your pictures are great.

LV said...

Once in awhile one of these critters shows up in the yard. Have not seen them lately. When growing up I was very familiar with them for different reasons.

Nancy J said...

Look to the left, look to the right, let those Whistlers all line up in a row, and run for it. Super series of photos.This is a much larger animal than I knew about, stripes are startling. And as I am always a fan for the underdog, so to speak, I am a little glad he did get a feed!!!

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

At first I thought it was a dog.
And a raccoon. Theresa thank you very much for the beautiful photographic series.
Raccoons do not live in my country.
Greetings from Polish.
Lucia

Crafty Green Poet said...

Must be annoying to have them around!

Barb Brookbank said...

We don't have racoons so I think they're kinda cute! And yes, that's definitely the ghost buster logo :)

Montanagirl said...

Nice series of photos! There are Raccoons in our neck of the woods, but I've never seen a "live" one - only road kill. My sister-in-law out in the country has trouble with them raiding her feeders though. Oh, I do see the Logo! LOL

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Darn raccoons! They're the nemesis of my suet feeder in W.V.

Good on your hounds for giving 'em the bizness!
~

Lynn said...

They cause so much trouble... Bet he didn't like being out in the day:@)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Maybe the Ghostbusters are telling you that they can get rid of raccoons too!

Madge Bloom said...

Don't you love racoons, they are such delightful creatures (although big males aren't to be trifled with)... ghostbusters, I DID see it but only because you said so!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

These pictures made me smile. I couldn't believe all the Whistlers in the photos while he was making his escape. You captured him well!

Birdman said...

They are pretty awkward making their way down a tree. That masked varmint.

RedPat said...

They are so fearless! And the noises they make!

Stephanie said...

I used to see see them when I lived in Vancouver near Stanley Park. And in a friend's yard near UBC. They ruined her garden. Anyway, they are naughty but are hungry. Love the photos you took of the raccoon. They can be cute though. Love seeing the Whistlers all in a row.

Pantherka said...

They're very beautiful pictures.
On the other hand, I understand that it's awful.

Viera said...

Wonderful series of photos... they are so cute even they are destructive...

Marit Sønstebø said...

You have a fantastic wildlife at your place! I have never seen raccoons in the wild :)

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

.22 time

Bob Bushell said...

Pretty though.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

A big raccoon! Pretty too.

joeh said...

Smart critters, but they can be nasty...and carry rabies.

Definitely Ghostbusters, though I would not have seen it.

Phil Slade said...

As a deprived Brit who never sees a Racoons I would give my eye teeth to see them as you do Theresa.

You can't blame them for wanting to dine at your extensive buffet spread and it's good you let them escape from their sleepless nights.

Linda said...

He's a cute varmint! Looks like the bark has suffered from the barkers.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

That's a critter I would let the dogs get! They are nothing but trouble and mean, too. Poor pups, I'll bet they were exhausted trying to get him.

Ian H said...

Trade you a couple of racoons for a few bluejays, and/or magpies. :=}

Gotcha! I am a robot!

Ela said...

Fantastic series of pictures!
Raccoon is a pest but it is beautiful!
Greetings

Kovács Miklós said...

So lovely this small robber for me.
I can see it in ZOO only but meantime I fully understand your situation too.

Julia said...

I know they're cute but they carry diseases that dogs and human can catch. Baylisascaris is a parasite transmitted to people or dogs and can be fatal in human.

You may have to get a trap and relocate him in the wild.
Hugs,
JB

Jeanne said...

The are persistent little troublemakers. I love the little spot of bright red in picture 6 and 8 and yes, I do see the ghostbusters logo.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Great shots! They're very cute though.

Sheila at WolfSongBlog.Com said...

WOW, I wish I had your backyard! Great shots with all the critters!

Ms. A said...

Excellent shots!!! Another hunger mouth to feed. Still can't imagine your feed bill, but it has to be huge. Yes, I see the Ghostbusters logo! LOL!

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Nice sequence with the raccoon! Yes, I also see the Ghostbusters logo on that tree !!

messymimi said...

Like the squirrels, there's not a whole lot you can do, they will come if there is even the slim possibility that they will be fed.

Barb said...

I've never seen a raccoon at my altitude, but I've seen their tracks. Once, we put bagels and other food we couldn't fit in our overfull fridge into a cooler and sat it on the deck. In the morning, the raccoons had opened the lid and eaten a bit of everything. Now when we have to use a cooler on the deck, Bob puts 10 Lb weights on the lid.

Hannah said...

Such a cool shot of the whistlers and lake, I didn't realize they were so close to your house. Such an interesting view! I have had trouble with the pesky raccoons eating grapes and getting into animal feed as well, trapping is all I know to do. They used to dump our garbage cans in California, too, I hope you find a solution.

Pom Pom said...

He's cute! Ours are REAL fat! When we had a dog (miss her) the coons would come to the patio and try to open the Rubbermaid tub with their greedy little hands. One night I went downstairs to the kitchen and found a whole coon family staring at me through the sliding glass door.

bailey-road.com said...

Wow! Your dogs scraped the heck out of that bark! Raccoons are such beautiful animals but so destructive. We had them in our attic three years in a row. Had to call the Critter Gitter!

Robin Lamb said...

T, I think if there's a way the coons will find it! They are persistent if nothing else. I surprised they are even around there with the dog scent that must be around there, not to speak of the dogs themselves!

Mary Kirkland said...

They sure are cute though.

NatureFootstep said...

I had to smile seeing this. So cool in a way. :)

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Oh my gosh, that critter is way too cute! Destructive and a seed thief but oh so c-u-t-e! Have a great weekend and stay warm.

The Queen Jester said...

They are fun to watch though, and darned cute, but I realize how destructive they can be. You really have quite the menagerie in your back yard.

amanda | wildly simple said...

Racoons are one of my favorite nuisances. :)
How great are all those whistlers lined up in the background!

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

man you have a great imagination about the ghostbusters being on the tree. that is too funny!! i am shocked that the ducks stuck around with a raccoon in the area? around here they are pretty mean. even hateful. ( :

Cloudia said...

better than anything on TV!




ALOHA from Honolulu
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Our photos said...

Hmm...looks like Ghostbusters indeed !

Munir said...


This is the first time I am looking at a picture of a Varmint. Thanks for sharing.

I see the Ghost all right.

Gert said...

What little creatures they are! ( great photos by the way !) as far as I know we only have squirrels trying to get into our birds feed....lol I did see the Ghost Buster!

SweetMarie said...

glad you gave him a chance to leave. :) he may be a youngster.
I do see the ghost. lol

Hilary said...

Who ya gonna call? I love that I'm not the only one who sees things in stuff like that. ;) And I do see it for sure. :)

You know how I feel about raccoons. Ours are still in semi-hibernation. But back at my previous place, I'd see them in the daytime a lot at the onset of spring. I miss those brats. So thanks for this.

Maggid said...

what a LOT of company you have in your yard.

Brian King said...

Little bandits! That's one thing we don't have to deal with. They can be just as persistent as the tree rats. It does look like the Ghostbusters logo!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love your photos!! I think if I were that raccoon, I'd be a little nervous coming out of that tree with such a big audience waiting for me!

KB Bear said...

Great job by the dogs!!!! We don't have many raccoons here, and I must say that I like it that way!

Randy said...

He looks like the little guy who comes around now and then. Although I haven't seen him lately, maybe he's vacationing in Texas.

mrsbearfoot said...

He's definitely well fed! Well, at least you don't have bears wandering around!

You could always invest in a super-soaker water gun. :-D Just stand on the deck and spray him!

Definitely Ghostbusters!

Lindy

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Well, a Ghost Busting raccoon! Who knew?! I love this post. You are really good!!

Paul said...

Raccoons are kind of cute, way too smart for their own good and absolutely fascinating to watch but they can sure be a nuisance too!

Yes you definitely have a Ghost busters logo happening on your tree, smart dogs!

Elaine said...

Fun series! Your ghostbusters are leaving their mark. That raccoon would be wise to stay away.....

Stewart M said...

For me, the varmint would be a great sight - but I can see how they would become a bit of a pain in the end!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Handmade in Israel said...

I am sure that the situation is frustrating, but that raccoon is a very cute looking animal :)

Small City Scenes said...

What pesky varmints. We've had the dog tree them too. Would have been funny to see the Whistlers chasing him out of there. haha
I like the Cardinal in the tree and flying to the feeder too.

Eva Marie O'Brien said...

These pictures are great :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Theresa .. great photos of that stealing varmint ... those critters do learn quickly ... cheers Hilary

Magia da Inês said...

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Mari said...

Really like ghostbuster logo :)

Oh, I feel pity for him, he's just hungry and thirsty but I understand this isn't his yard.

Primitive Stars said...

Oh that masked Bandit, funny out in the day. I do see the Ghost buster design, hilarious!!! Francine.

maryaustria said...

A great series! Since the 70ts we have them in Austria too but here they are rarely sighted!

Rita said...

Raccoons are so cute, but with those little hands and smart brains they can get into just about anything! The really large ones can be quite aggressive at times. You'd think the dogs on watch all night would keep them away, but they are sneaky, quiet, and persistent when it comes to free food--LOL! :)

michaelswoodcraft said...

He wants that birdseed really bad!!! I have a hard time with raccoons in our area, it seems like there are thousands of them!!

Giga said...

Maybe shed and a robber, but lovely with a good thing that the dogs did not do him any harm. Regards.

Marie said...

How funny! (Or not so funny, depending on how you look at it!) At least you got some great photos of the critter!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Raccoons can be very vicious. My Aunt's dog had a fight with one and barely survived. Thank goodness your dogs are older and wiser

Linda R said...

Hee Hee.. I do see it. Who ya gonna call. I really love the photos here. That Raccoon had me smiling.

Quynh Le said...

Love that first shot!

pattisjarrett said...

Oh dear! Another varmint after the bird seed. I like how the whistlers are all lined up across the bottom of the photo. Your dogs really mean business!

bon bon said...

The theme song for Mission Impossible was playing in my head as I viewed this post.

Jeevan said...

First time seeing the raccoon in your blog... and you well documented its escape. Great attempt by your dogs :)

edenhills said...

I've lost too many birds to raccoons to be a fan of them. I'm surprised they aren't feasting on the ducks.

Pat Tillett said...

HA! I do see the resemblance! I know that raccoons can be such suck pests. But, they are so darn cute, smart and resourceful.

Helma said...

It's all nice to see a raccoon but it's less fun when they go eat all you animal food. Then you have to go all store what you have done! Your photos I find very cool to see.

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