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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ringtail at the hummingbird feeder

Now that my annual bat visitors have left for the season, the most frequent evening guests to my hummingbird feeders are two ringtails. They don't always come together, but there are definitely two. They have the sweet tooth and prefer the sugar water.

There's also a rascally raccoon that's a bit more shy. He seems to go for the seed feeders, and I usually put them away each night to keep him from dismantling them and gorging on birdseed. (He has learned to unscrew the hook AND knock it out of the tree AND pop the lid in under a minute.)

Ringtail at the hummingbird feeder
Ringtail making a nightly run on the
hummingbird nectar, October, 2013.

Ringtail at the hummingbird feeders
She gets the feeder tilted...

Ringtail at the hummingbird feeder
...and getting just the right tilt while spanning from the tree to the feeder...

Ringtail at the hummingbird feeder
...can be a stunt worthy of a Cirque du Soleil.

Ringtail at the hummingbird feeders
After sloshing and sipping for about 45 minutes...

Ringtail at the hummingbird feeders
...the feeder will be virtually empty when she finally leaves.

Ringtail at the hummingbird feeders
She doesn't even seem to mind having her picture taken.

Ringtail at the hummingbird feeder
Posing for me while I stand only about six feet away.


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