Today, I had to say goodbye to my seed and suet feeders, so the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds will now be my focus for a while.
Last night a huge black bear visited our house and tore down the bird feeders. We were awakened at 1:30 a.m. to the sounds of crashing and banging on the front porch. Thinking it was the pesky raccoons, I quickly ran downstairs to rescue them.
Imagine my surprise when I turned on the porch light and found an immense black bear staring at me through the window, just a few feet away. Let’s just say any blurry-eyed sleepiness was instantly gone as I watched him nonchalantly munch on my suet and seed and then stroll down the front walk.
He had torn down the ceramic bird feeder hanging on the front porch, which shattered on impact, sending birdseed everywhere. He also mutilated the suet feeder and damaged my new squirrel-proof feeder, which I did manage to semi-repair today.
My neighbor informed me that the bear had visited her house as well, but it was more interested in their pick-up truck. He left a deep claw mark all the way from the window to the bottom of the driver’s side door. She wasn’t sure what he was after, as there was no food in the truck.
So, it’s time to put away the bird feeders and concentrate on my Hummingbird friends, whose timing couldn’t have been more ideal. Their sugar feeders are set up on our second-story deck, so unless this bear gets super bold and climbs two sets of stairs, they’ll be safe. I’ll miss my Goldfinches, Nuthatches, Chickadees, Cardinals and Towhees, but I’d prefer not to come face-to-face with a 500-pound bear again any time soon.
Oh, and sadly there were no images. I had my camera set out with the 70-200 and 2x teleconverter on from the previous day’s shooting, and he was much too close for me to even get a shot. For this photo shoot of a full-grown black bear, a wide-angle would have been ideal. Who would have thought?