My home is equipped with bird feeders: three, sometimes four, of them. Recently, they have been vanishing. We have feeder thieves.
Now, I am not talking about interlopers, such as squirrels, that merely steal the contents. I am talking about thieves that steal the whole feeder. I first encountered the problem of feeder thieves when a bear dragged the woodpecker feeder off about 40 metres and tore it open to get at the suet. The solution, which worked until recently, was to take bird feeders in at night, because thieves are usually nocturnal.
That procedure worked until yesterday, when the finch feeder was torn off the the tree and just vanished. The thieves returned again today during daylight hours.
Raccoon: “I can smell the seeds; they have put up yet another feeder, one that looks like it is catering to chickadees, nuthatches and sparrows.
“Come on, let’s grab it before those bipeds spot us.”
“OK, I tore it off the tree and tested the contents. They are good. Now let’s drag it home.”
“Why did you stop us? We are hungry.”