10:37 PM I peered out the window, Butch the male possum had arrived and had eaten the meat, potato, and toast. I ran back to get my camera.
Suddenly there was fierce barking right outside the window. In the 20 seconds I was gone the neighbor's dog had arrived and was harassing Butch. Butch was stock still peering at the dog from his higher perch by the window and the neighbor was screaming at her dog from her back porch.
It was mayhem.
I ran out my back door and shooed the dog away.
Butch was gone. Pinky if she was around had made herself scarce.
Next day I went back to just straight bird seed mix, sunflower seeds, and a few slices of orange.
New Rule. Nothing on the buffet that might attract neighborhood dogs or cats.
Yes I know it rather screws up the range of possible food items but better that then tempting the opossums in as well as any free range neighborhood carnivores.
Butch arrives and begins methodically chowing down on seed.
Note that Butch could care less about me or the flash on the camera.
Squirrel the cat arrives, takes one look at Butch....
...and begins scratching at the window like a mad thing.
He doesn't care about Squirrel either. Butch just keeps chewing. Turns out opossums are rather smart and particularly bright when it comes to mazes for instance.
And they have definitely figured out window glass.
And though there is plenty of seed on the lower level Butch keeps eating the seed that is the closest to the window.
One can just hear him thinking Na na Na na Nah!
Eventually Butch has his fill and ambles down to the Crow stump to check out the pickings there. Evidently not enticed he gives me a parting look, gets down off his haunches, ambles under the fence and is gone for the evening.
Butch is definitely no push over.