I awoke this morning at 5:30. Not sure why -- my eyes just opened and there I was. Awake. So I got up and went upstairs, wrapped up in the afghan, and sat in my big comfy chair by the window in the dark.
I was just listening to the sound of silence, when I heard a clang right outside the window. At first I jumped (wouldn't you?) but then I recognized the sound -- it was the sound of the brand new ceramic birdfeeder I had just bought being clumsily opened.
I looked outside and could see that the bird feeder, which was hanging from a limb by a long wire, was being held up against the trunk of the tree. I couldn't tell in the dark what was holding it, but I guessed either a raccoon or a possum.
When I flipped on the outside light, a cute little raccoon peered back at me from behind his black mask. I should've taken a picture, but I was too concerned about my bird feeder. It is brand new, after all, and I just knew that clunking sound meant Little Raccoon was about to break the lid, and besides, we'd just filled it with birdseed!
So I went outside (thankfully remembering to turn off the alarm first), and clapped and hissed and chased him away, and brought the feeder inside. I'll have to figure out a better place for it.
Hmph. I enjoy seeing the wildlife around here, I just wish they'd cooperate with me and leave my stuff alone!