Nutria, Possums, and Cats, Oh My!
This summer I have had nutria chewing my bamboo, and possums leaving feces all over my yard with an especially large pile they return to in a blackberry bush. There are also tons of cats in my neighborhood. The squirrels avoid my yard, probably because of the cats.
Is there anything that can be done about the nutria and possums that you know of? I'm really sick of opening my front door at nite and seeing a possum on my porch. I think it was possums that ate my sweet corn and pulled over other plants to nibble on. The corn stalks were pulled completely out of the ground and carried off.
I really really want to attract birds---I have a very large yard with all the plantings, etc to make it bird friendly, but there are always cats prowling. Has anyone found a way to hang bird feeders and put up birdbaths that are safe from cats? Or will birds always avoid my yard because they know there are cats there, or can smell them.
Hummingbirds do come to my cannas, perch in the eucalyptus tree, & I can tell the neighbor's tree is where they must be nesting. Also, birds I can't identify occasionally hang on the 6-ft-tall mullein stalks & eat seeds (they are small yellow birds, & once I saw a black & white little bird with a red head eating). I live just blocks from a river, so there are definitely birds here. I would sure appreciate some advice on all my wildlife problems.
Longing for Birds