Early this morning, when I was checking my bird feeders through the kitchen window I suspected the bear was back again. Someone had licked the platform and ground and not a sunflower seed was left.
Two nights before the suet holder and a fresh fat cake of suet had been stolen. My local black bear was becoming a regular visitor. This is my second suet holder this year – gone!
Bear licking the suet holder clean.
I keep all my seeds in two steel pails with lids in my kitchen porch. The Suet stash is in the kitchen. The kitchen door from the kitchen into the porch has a glass window. As I approached the door to get more sunflower seeds for my feeders, my eyes met the eyes of a visitor. The bears was sitting in the porch after finding the seed containers and partaking in a early breakfast.
Bears look bigger when sitting in your porch and peaking in the kitchen door window!!!
We both got a surprise, eyeball to eyeball, but he flinched first and headed for the woods with a bit of a trot. The porch floor was a bit of a mess where he had opened the first container and licked its partial remains clean. The second can held twenty five pounds of sunflower seeds (shelled) and that was half empty, lying it is side.
I am sure the bear felt he had stumbled on the mother load and certainly had plans to return. I on the other hand resolved to close the kitchen porch outside door each night. In addition I am going to take my suet in each night and leave the feeders empty.
Had I flung open the kitchen door and stepped into my porch in my usual manner this story might have been even more interesting.
I will remember Sunday, July 1st, the day when I had an opportunity to examine the head and features of a bear, up close. All the teeth were clean and shiny.