2021: Raccoons again go after my peach trees!

In 2018, we had yet another MONSTER peach harvest - way over a thousand peaches from our two trees ... but about a week before prime picking time, some raccoons stopped by for a nibble. They are actually very destructive since they climb the tree, and while taking a bite, knock a bunch of peaches off - it's very wasteful. Click here to read more (with images/video) about the 2018 battle with the raccoons! ;-)

For 2019, our peach harvest was under 500 peaches ... but that was plenty to attract the raccoons and even foxes - Click here for that saga. In 2020 we had hardly any peaches ... and no raccoons. But 2021 is a similar harvest to 2019 and guess who showed up again! I thought "Old Lady" tree is on her last legs - only two main branches left, so I'm going to cut her down and replant a new one after the harvest. However, she will still give us some GREAT peaches ... whereas the ones on the other tree are much smaller. We had a very cool Spring, so presumably that makes the peaches come in later, so while I was picking them in mid-August in 2018, at that time in 2019, there were still a few weeks to go before peak peach ripeness.

We were out of town for a week as the peaches were ripening ... and when we got back on August 22nd, there was evidence of critters - peaches on the trees with bites in 'em, knocked down peaches on the ground, and even several piles of animal poop!

In many of the real-time video, I "chase" the critters away ... so skip near the end to see yours truly make a LOUD appearance.

Critter-Cam now has 1,000 Watts of flood lights to deter the raccoons ... and provide better footage

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Here's a video (and some pictures) taken from a Canon camera

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