We rarely see the possums during the warm months, but come winter they seem to know where to come looking for food.
At first they came for the birdseed in the patio.
Now that I know they are regulars I put out some table scraps for them.
The spot under the new pigeon coop / feeder I set up makes a convenient sheltered spot in the snow storm.
Chicken bones are his favorite
After dinner he retreats under the deck to clean up and drink from the mud puddles. We can observe him from about 4 feet way through the transom window in the basement. Yes, winter makes you do silly things for entertainment, like watching possums under your deck.
After about 24 hours of snow this is the scene that greeted us Sunday morning. Wet sloppy stuff this time.
Last time I had to clear the roof I managed to brake my roof rake due to the bitter cold, and no one seemed to have a replacement.
So time for a quick repair this morning.
Tools required are a heat gun and a thin spatula
And some steel mosquito wire netting.
Cut small strips of the wire mesh, and using the heat gun and the spatula, melt the plastic and work the wire into it.
Work it in some more and make it as smooth as I can. Not the prettiest result but I figured it would have to do at least til I can get a replacement. It actually turned out to be quite strong. I sprayed it with silicone lubricant to keep the wet sticky snow from adhering to the rough parts and it actually did the job without breaking again.