After listening to the Bengals wild-card play off game, on Saturday, January 5, later that night I heard a ruckus in my basement, and discovered that an animal had come down the chimney and was in my basement. I checked carefully and noted the chimney cleanout cap was knocked off.
Meanwhile, Cackling Geese and a Wood Duck were reported at Miami Meadows Park near Milford, very close to home. On Sunday, January 6, there were 4 Cackling Geese grazing with a flock of Canada Geese on a grassy area in the park. Cackling Geese are only seen in the winter after fall migration. These waterfowl are using a pond with aerators that kept some of the water unfrozen. Wood Ducks sometimes remain this far north if there is open water. There was male and a female present. The total is now 64.
I checked things out on Monday and noticed the nose of a raccoon peeking out of the holed. I took a large board and slammed it flush across the hole. Probably scared the crap out of that raccoon, but decided to wait one more night. There was still a ruckus very late Monday night. So, next day I took advantage of my Angie's List membership (no financial benefit) and got an exterminator to come by. By Thursday they had caught the young male raccoon and installed a chimney cap. I was assured that there were no others, and there have not been. Could have been a big disaster happening this year if I did not get it resolved quickly.