Friday, January 14, 2022

WHO TOOK IT?

 "I should have taken it inside!" said I forlornly to my Dear Other Half.  My owl seedball disappeared overnight! I have been staring at that sweet little seedball from my son and daughter-in-law for a a while now.  It's been inside a cupboard where I keep my coffee, and I bring it out now and again, look at it fondly - I became attached - and put it back inside the cupboard in its special spot.  Then it snowed and I felt it was time to put it outside for what it was intended for, the birds.  

When I saw it was gone the next morning, I think my mouth dropped open and my eyes rolled to the ceiling. Gregg said it must have been the squirrel.  I wasn't convinced and I said yes, possibly, but it was so strange because I had seen the squirrels looking up at both the hanging feeder and the owl, weighing strategies no doubt.  It seemed to me that the pole was too high, and would have been difficult to climb. Our trees that were cut down provided a freeway for them, as they bounced down on the branches at a helter-skelter pace and jumped onto the top of the old hanger.  No freeway for them any more. The birds were all of a twitter! What could have happened?" they twittered.
This is what I saw going through the squirrel's head.  "Nope, I can't steal it and besides, that lady is too nice.  She immediately brings out a pile of seeds when she sees me looking at her.  I have her well trained!  Pavlov's Dog could have taken a few tips from me."  
I speak squirrel don't you know?  

Well, okay, I wish I could speak squirrel, but more importantly I wish I had taken that sweet little owl inside.  It actually crossed my mind that because it was shaped like an owl's head, the squirrel would have stayed well away.  Not really but yes, Polly Anna and I have a lot in common. I should have taken it inside that night.  Have I said that already?

Possible Perpetrator No. 1!  Maybe, but I had my doubts and told my Dear Other Half exactly that.   Look at that face?  Butter wouldn't melt in that mouth!  Gregg said you'd better take the suet hanger down too, but I told him I had that firmly attached to the hanger.  The hook was a tight fit and even I had a hard time trying to remove it.  No, the suet feeder stays, and I also decided on leaving the hanging feeder.  That was a bit of an iffy decision, but I was tired and my brain was making rash decisions.  "Stay away from it buddy!"  "I'm not going anywhere near it." said he!

I put the bird cam out again.  I had taken it inside the night before, to download three days worth of photos and there was no record of what happened. This night I was taking no chances.  Just after midnight I put my boots on and made my way carefully across the snow, secured the camera, went inside and then went off to bed.  I had quite a suprise the next day when I checked the memory card. At 2.50 a.m. a ghostly shape appeared to be walking along the far rail.  Possible Perpetrator No. 2?  I will let you know next time who that was.  No proof but lots of circumstantial evidence.  
Hmmmm….who likes to watch a lot of crime shows around here?

Thanks for looking and enjoy your day. 












44 comments:

  1. I am so sorry to hear this - and hope that the perpetrator enjoys it. And doesn't steal from anyone else (for a while at least).

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    1. I hope so too, but am in hope that it will be retrieved in the garden :) Thanks Sue :)

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  2. Talk about keeping us in suspense.

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    1. I hope the suspense will be over soon if you come back to the next post ;) Thanks Diane!

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  3. I believe the shadowy figure to be a raccoon!!!!! And here I was blaming the squirrel! I would make a bad juror. So sorry it was stolen!

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    1. You were right Ginny, it was a raccoon as you know by now :) Thank you!

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    1. Muito obrigado :) Um abraço e um bom fim de semana para você também.

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  5. I'm thinking that any jury would convict predator no 2. I agree with Ginny, it looks like it could be a raccoon.

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  6. Your web cam is entertaining and also useful for seeing what is going on. I look forward to more news about your mystery visitor.

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    1. I agree Linda, it is very entertaining and I always love downloading to see if there are any surprises :) My mystery visitor was revealed in the following post.

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  7. Hello,
    I think it was the raccoon, they come at night and steal things. I had a feeder disappear. Love the birds images. Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Eileen :) and yes it was. Sorry you had a feeder disappear. If memory serves me correctly, we had one of those gone too a few years ago.

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  8. I knew it had to be a raccoon! They are sneaky with those opposable thumbs.
    A fun post, thanks for the giggle!!!

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    1. Thank you Jenn, happy it made you giggle :) and yes they are very sneaky, they make me giggle too!

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  9. I was wondering if it might be a raccoon and though it's a bit hard to tell, I think I'm right and that's exactly what it is. They can shimmy up things I have no idea how!

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    1. I would have enjoyed seeing that raccoon shimmy up the pole, that would have made me laugh out loud :) Thanks Jeanie!

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  10. my vote goes for the 2nd perp that is meandering down the runway. I hope you got Camera Proof of Who stole the owls head

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    1. Hi Sandra :) No, no proof who stole the owl as I had taken the cam in that night and didn't put it out again until the next morning :)

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  11. Never saw a raccoon in my life if that is what it is. I hope the owl head shows up. Maybe, it is on the ground in a pile of leaves.

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    1. I have seen many over our married life. Never before that. I think that's why I am so enamored with them and still am :)

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  12. Raccoon did it I bet. Those critters are determined. One tore out a friend of my son's screen and metal bars to the attic and had a family inside. Mean when they want to be. Had to call in professionals to get rid of them.

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    1. Oh my goodness, and all I can say is wow! Thanks for the info Betsy :)

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  13. It was such a sweet looking owl too ...
    Perhaps it was a racoon?
    Look forward to learning more.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Yes it was a raccoon Jan :) And all the best to you too.

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  14. A raccoon, I'd imagine. They can be quite resourceful.

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  15. the ghostly shape is your friendly racoon neighbor.

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    1. Correct Red, I expect you've seen quite a lot of them up there :)

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  16. I was thinking raccoon, too. I feel like would the squirrel need to grab the owl...you do feed him on demand.

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  17. I'm so sorry about the owl but I think you may have solved this mystery!

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    1. Thank you Martha, yes the mystery has been solved :)

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  18. Love your thinking, Denise! Agatha Christie would be proud. Raccoons are quite the little thiefs.

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    1. Thank you Martha Ellen, Gregg says the same thing, lol! I always work things out, doesn't take me long. That goes from being an overly curious child so my mother used to say, lol! And yes, they are quite the little thiefs, I agree :)

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  19. Smiling big here as you do your detective work. Tuning in for further results of your investigation!

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    1. My investigation came to its conclusion, as you have probably seen in my latest post :) The butler did it (aka the raccoon bandit) lol!

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  20. You do know how to keep your readers in suspense, LOL. Looking forward to hearing who done it.
    Great photos of the squirrel and owl head.

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    1. Thank you Great Granny G, I am happy you had fun.

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