Last night’s pictures showed something I didn’t think was possible: the flying squirrels sharing the feeder with the raccoons. I’m sorry the pictures of the little ones aren’t great, but you can definitely see them this time. In one of the pictures, they are all lined up at the top of the feeder while the raccoons are munching down at the bottom.

You can see the little flying squirrel. His “wings” are still slightly open.

Between one animal and another, a lot of food is getting consumed. Meanwhile, I’m better off feeding the raccoons because they get aggravated when the feeder is empty and they tear it off its moorings and mangle it before tossing it to the ground.

You can see his little ears and nose. You have to look carefully.
A raccoon on the big feeder and a flying squirrel on the other. If only we got along that well!

It also turns out they come at various hours. I thought they’d have a pattern, but they don’t. The creatures of the night come when they feel like it, anywhere from 8:30 in the evening until about 4:30 in the morning.

That row of white things on the top of the feeder are a line of flying squirrels eating from the top of the feeder while a pair of raccoons eat from the other end. Cooperation wins!

I had no idea what I was starting when I first put up a feeder. I had no idea how many creatures I’d be feeding. Everything is hungry and here we are, with seeds aplenty!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all plus a big helping of cynicism.

14 thoughts on “RACCOONS AND FLYING SQUIRRELS: SHARING – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. wow, this is a win-win situation as we’d only wish that we could achieve amongst human beings …. co-existing in peace and w/o fighting. You are marvellous and this may have been the best gift you’ve ever received (obviously not counting ‘getting’ Garry!!!)

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        1. We don’t let the dogs out on the deck. I’m always afraid the Duke will jump the fence and fall two floors. And yes, we’ve lost cats and dogs to raccoons in the past. It would have to be one powerful dog to take on and beat a raccoon.

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