Sunday, July 4, 2010

Break-in!


Saturday morning we discovered that our house had been broken into during the night. The burglars had taken a screen down from one of the windows in the sunroom and climbed in through the open window. You can see the screen and open window in the photo below.
That’s the screen leaning against the ponytail palm and the window is open to the outside. Obviously the work of professionals because the screen remained undamaged, just dexterously and neatly removed from the window frame.
They knocked over the bird feeders that I bring in every night and seed spilled out onto the floor. I don’t know why that racket didn’t wake us up, but it didn’t. Nothing else was disturbed, not even the watering pitcher right next to the feeders.  Oddly, much of the seed seems to be missing ...
I had my suspicions as to who the perpetrators were and soon found evidence of their well-known sweet tooth -- the spilled hummingbird feeder on the ground just outside the open window.

And then, the smoking gun, or sticky paw prints, in this case; one the patio steps and others on the wall next to the window.
Very likely made by this individual caught on surveillance camera just days earlier while obviously casing the joint. 
 We'll be keeping our sunroom windows closed at night now ...

17 comments:

  1. I would never have guessed an animal could remove the screen so neatly. I guess it has done that, elsewhere, before.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I had to read that three times to be sure I had got it right! I really thought human burglars had broken in, how incredible that an animal could do that. Forgive me if I am showing my ignorance here but is it a Racoon?

    I enjoyed seeing the Blue-grey Tanagers on the earlier post and also your other intruder, the Woodcreeper, as soon as I saw those big feet I thought of our Treecreepers. You certainly had (and made the most of) a good photo opportunity there :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. You also had me going.
    The post became enjoyable, beyond the title.

    ReplyDelete
  4. John, Shy, and ST - yes, it was a raccoon with those clever opposable thumbs that broke in! Of course when we first saw it we weren't sure who did it; it was a little unsettling. I don't know they got the screen down without ruining it. The clips are on the inside. Maybe it was an inside job ...

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    cheers,
    Wilma

    ReplyDelete
  5. I thought for one horrible moment you had the human burglars. Hard to imagine how a raccoon could manage that. Must have been very unsettling at the time. So glad things are ok now :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. And there was me also thinking that it was the work of some local scumbag. Amazing story Wilma.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Is the death penalty in being in Belize Wilma. A spot of capital punishment is definitely in order here I think. {:)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Keith, Dean, Roy, and Madi -- well, raccoons don't have that mask for nothing! I do have a special fondness for raccoons; they are like teenage humans -- they know too much for their own good. But they are more appealing than most human teenagers. ;-)

    cheers,
    Wilma

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow, what a burglar, better than a real one though, I mean a human one... This one had no negative or bad intention, was probably just looking for a snack!!! I'm happy everything is fine finally! But what a stress it has probably been for you!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi Wilma,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.

    I've have a look through yours, you have some wonderful Photo's. That Raccon is well cool, what a bandit!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thanks for your comments Wilma.Have enjoyed looking at your site. Envious of all those lovely images of such brightly coloured birds that you captured. Will view again and added you to my blog list.
    Anthony

    ReplyDelete
  12. Chris, Warren, and Anthony -- thanks for your comments. You know, if that raccoon had been smart enough to put screen back on its way out, I would have blamed the cat for spilling the seed!
    cheers,
    Wilma

    ReplyDelete
  13. Just caught up with your latest post and was relieved to see that the perpetrator wasn't of the Human kind. However, is that a burglars mask I can make out on the Racoons face??
    Nice blog by the way.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Haha! That is a very cute story. We have a few of those fellows around our house too. Luckily, though, they've never broken in!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Phil and Kelly - glad you stopped by and left comments. If those raccoons weren't so adorable I would be angry with them. And that mask does lend them a certain cockiness. ;-)

    cheers,
    Wilma

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi Wilma
    Well the Raccoon story certainly had me thinking teenage burglars, too.
    At least now I know you already have a Hummingbird feeder, which I was in the process of recommending for Belize.
    In Australia, apart from Parrots and Pigeons (of which we have many in number, but not vast numbers of species, most of our small birds are working on a "nectar-based food cycle". A vast majority of our plants produce nectar, whereas the majority of your trees and shrubs do not.
    It is a Gondwanan thing, but in Belize you are probably far enough south to be connected into plants of that origin. Mexico certainly has many such plants.
    That's why so many of our birds feed on nectar and insects which are found together inside flowers.
    Cheers
    Denis

    ReplyDelete

Blog Readers -- your comments are invited. I would love to hear from you.