Bird Feeder Mystery
The idea of a security camera was firmly planted in John’s mind while talking to a neighbor who had just installed a new security system with a camera. Intent on solving the mystery of the nighttime visitor, be it human or animal, John began to research cameras to capture photos of the invader. A trail camera was his answer. Stealth Cam trail cameras take photographs day and night when motion is detected. The cameras have been used by scientists, wildlife researchers, wildlife watchers and hunters for years to observe wildlife habits and travel patterns. Hunters use them to spot deer, elk and other night creatures. With its stealth technology, no light can be detected from the camera at night to spook the critter. John installed the camera in different locations in the garden but soon realized that the camera was too close to capture all of the hooks. In order to photograph the entire garden, he had to install the camera 25 feet away on a tree. The camera captures photographs ever y ten seconds that there is motion. Every morning, he took the SD card out of the camera, inserted it in his laptop and looked for clues to the mystery. Success at last. One morning, the photos revealed our bandits in action. They climbed up on the shepherd’s hooks, reached over the baffles to pull themselves up, hung off of the top of the pole and then,
ing neighbors to find out if they were having similar experiences. A few had some bent hooks and destroyed bird houses so it was a communitywide problem. What could we do? John decided that baffles would be the answer. He researched the best and strongest baff les, thinking that in addition to preventing squirrels from eating the seed they would make it more difficult for the burglar to get to the tall feeders and bend them. The highly rated Audubon Wrap-A round Squirrel Baffle claimed that it would prevent squirrel assault and robbery, and we hoped that it would have the same effect on the night assaults and destruction. They were highly effective…but only at preventing squirrels from climbing up the poles to reach the seed in the feeders. They were not effective at stopping the night invaders from bending poles, damaging feeders and eating seed and hummingbird nectar. The night prankster just couldn’t be stopped.
May 2019 Tidewater Times