The Bear Problem
|The raider of my feeder.|
I used to feed the birds year round. I always loved seeing the spring and summer visitors to the feeder. The colorful Cardinals and Goldfinches were among the those that came to my feeder. I had two feeders in the front of our house. One was a standard hanging feeder on a large pine and the other was an old bird bath that I used as feeder. The first thing I noticed, when we moved into our new house in the Albany, NY area was how much seed I was going through in the spring. We lived in a wooded area and I had seen several deer around so I assumed it was just them emptying my bird feeders.
|I thought it was only these guys raiding my feeder.|
The First EncounterWe had been away all weekend visiting relatives and we had gotten home in the early evening. It was early June and I had been battling Carpenter Ants all spring. I unpacked the cars and then went outside to continue the battle with the ants. I had just finished spraying in the back and was working on the side of the house nearest the two feeders. I looked up from spraying and I saw something black walking in the front woods. I assumed it was a neighbor's dog that had gotten loose. I stood up and started walking towards it to get a better look. That is when I noticed this dog was walking funny and was pretty big. I stupidly kept walking towards it(bad idea looking back on it). I got about 150 feet away from it when I saw this was no dog. It was bear!
At that moment, I'm not sure who was more surprised the bear or me. Looking back, I did the wrong thing and ran as fast I could to our back porch. I know, I know you are suppose to walk backwards slowly but it's easy to forget when you are surprised by such a large animal. I started banging on the backdoor slider for my wife to let me in. "There is a bear! Let me in! Let me in!" She and my son thought this was very funny. They finally let me in and couldn't believe the story I told them. We looked out the windows but the bear was long gone.
After that I stopped filling both of the feeders and was a little more careful when I went outside especially if I had my son with me.
Stay tuned tomorrow for part 2 of the story.
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