Oct 042011
 
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We starting putting out food and water in our backyard this summer. We thought the birds might appreciate the gesture considering the extended drought and high temperatures we were experiencing. We began by putting out birdseed. Later we started putting out a squirrel mix, which attracted both squirrels and birds alike.

On occasion we would put out other food items. Old apples, for example. The Northern Mockingbirds loved these. Sometimes I would fill up a dish with peanuts. These were a Fox Squirrel favorite, as you might expect.

Over time, though, I started to notice that the peanuts I put out would disappear much faster than what I would expect. Sometimes a whole dish of peanuts would be cleaned out from one afternoon to the next. I chalked it up to hungry squirrels. Maybe there were a few more than I realized coming to our backyard feeder as well.

Then one day, on a whim, I put out a hand full of Clementine oranges that had been in our refrigerator a little too long. I tossed the 5 or 6 oranges into the bushes just next to where our feeder was set up. I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of wildlife they might attract.

The oranges sat undisturbed for the better part of a week. And, then one night they just disappeared. Right away I suspected the culprit, and I set out a few more oranges and a Scouting Camera to verify my suspicions.

Our orange eating culprit!

Our orange eating culprit!

...and his accomplice.

…and his accomplice.

Our backyard is small, and well enclosed by a 6ft/2m fence.  The Raccoons are certainly coming in from somewhere else.

Our backyard is small, and well enclosed by a 6ft/2m fence. The Raccoons are certainly coming in from somewhere else.

The Raccoons somehow sniffed out the oranges, and then found a way over the fence.  Raccoons are determined and resourceful.

The Raccoons somehow sniffed out the oranges, and then found a way over the fence. Raccoons are determined and resourceful.

Raccoons eating Clementine oranges

Raccoons eating Clementine oranges

The Raccoons showed up at around 1:00am.  They stayed less than 15 minutes.

The Raccoons showed up at around 1:00am. They stayed less than 15 minutes.

It took less than 15 minutes for these two Raccoons to eat 4 oranges (peel and all from the looks of it).

It took less than 15 minutes for these two Raccoons to eat 4 oranges (peel and all from the looks of it).

They also took some time to do a little exploring, as you can see.

They also took some time to do a little exploring, as you can see.

These two Raccoons also finished off the food in the bird feeder before they called it a night.

These two Raccoons also finished off the food in the bird feeder before they called it a night.

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  One Response to “Raccoon – What’s Been Eating My Oranges?”

  1. Ha! Irrefutable evidence from the night camera. Guess that raccoon won’t be getting scurvy.

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