Sunrise on the Maumee

Sunrise on the Maumee

Monday, February 24, 2014

Working for Peanuts

Raccoons spend much of the winter sleeping.  They wake up periodically - generally during warm spells - and look for food.  Our relative heat wave the last few days must have prompted these two to see what was available.

Unfortunately, they stopped by in the morning.  There was slim pickings.  The deer and rabbits had already cleaned up most of what the birds left on the ground, forcing the more adventurous (or just more hungry) one to work for the peanuts in the hanging feeder.  He ignored the safflower on the other side.

Arctic air due this week will likely find them snoozing in their dens.


  1. OMG. What a great shot! Amazing critters to be able to scale that pole like that.

    1. What was even more amazing was how he used his paws to lift the lid and take out one or two peanuts at a time. It was quite a struggle.

  2. Awww . . . . can't help but to wish them success.