The coons are also able to climb past the squirrel baffle on the regular bird feeder pole, open the lid and feast on sunflower seeds so that there are none left by morning. Then they try to jump up to the finch feeders and in the process flatten the hosta that grows under them.
They have been digging through the mulch on my flower gardens that looked so pretty before they arrived. I suppose they are looking for grubs and earthworms. As they do this they leave big holes and dirt on top of the mulch. See the picture below. They also dig through my flower pots and in the process pull out plants and spread soil all over the deck. How irritating and what a mess!
The last reason why I would like to see these varmints vanquished happened this afternoon. When I went to the mailbox I stopped by the orchard to check on the blackberries and the peaches which were almost ripe. The raccoons have eaten every peach off the trees except for the white peaches which ripen later! The ground is covered with peach pits! And they have eaten all but about a cup of the blackberries! What annoying animals!
If you have ever thought raccoons were cute, come and live with me in the country, or better yet, I will send you a few of ours to live in your yard for awhile. :o)