Well, after our peacock feeder tray was destroyed a couple of weeks ago, we have had two game cameras focused on the area to see if we could catch the culprit.
You can read the original story here: https://tcllamas.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/will-the-guilty-party-please-come-forward/
We caught several visitors:
There was the scavenging squirrel
The crafty crows
The dashing dogs
Farina the peacock
The wait staff (yours truly)
Finally the culprit…caught on film
The renegade raccoon.
It’s amazing how crafty and smart those critters are. He had unscrewed the nut and bolt holding the feeder to the hook and knocked it to the ground. Amazingly all the tiny parts were right there in a pile, so it was easy to reassemble.
More amazing still was that the next night, he figured out how to lift the feeder off the hook without taking it apart.
It’s scary when you are trying to match wits with the wildlife and you realize you are losing.