A Raccoon is Eating My Suet!

Suet Feeder in the Birdbath
Suet Feeder in the Birdbath

 Just as I was congratulating myself that I had gotten my feeders strategically set up to attract the birds I wanted while keeping squirrels out . . . a new visitor from nature arrived. A raccoon was eating my suet. This is the story of what was happening and how I solved the problem. Raccoons now stay out of my suet!

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Prepping Birdbaths For Winter

A Junco, House Finch and Sparrow Enjoying a Warm Birdbath Last Winter
A Junco, House Finch and Sparrow Enjoying a Warm Birdbath Last Winter

All birds need water. If you make it available year-round, you’ll find that it can be as much of an attraction as putting out seed or suet. In fact, birds that might have no interest in eating at a feeder may come to visit your yard if there is water. Providing water when the temperatures dip into freezing levels, requires some adjustments, but it isn’t hard.

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Keep Cats Out of Birdbaths

DIY Ground Birdbaths surrounded by pine cones keeps cats out
DIY Ground Birdbaths

While birds seem to love birdbaths on or near the ground, neighborhood cats see them as an opportunity to hunt. I have two strategies to keep cats out of my birdbaths: 1) Set up a simple “all natural” birdbath defense for low birdbaths and 2) Get birdbaths up away from cat hiding spots. It is working very well.

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