So I have had a mystery brewing in my back yard all summer. The culprit(s) were fond of digging in my flower pots throwing dirt all over my patio, making a basic mess. The pots that had miniature palms, were dug down, exposing roots almost killing my plants and sending me into cursing orbit. Many evenings after work, I walked outside to find my brick patio in upheaval, and me mumbling to myself "what or who is trying to drive me insane?" Tim and I deduced it was the effing pigeons who more or less get blamed for everything. So I started watching the pigeons closely in my backyard, but alas, only saw them walking through the lawn eating water bugs and being pigeon-like. I told Timothy I was declaring war on my invisible fowl, so I put gravel and small stones around my potted palms figuring little bird feet couldn't handle it, I was wrong. The suspects were flipping out the gravel and the dirt making a bigger mess and still exposing roots!
This past weekend I was up earlier than my normal 6:00 am and saw a covey of quail sitting on my lounge chair, which I thought was odd, so I watched them. 3 of them jumped up into my flower pot and started scratching around making a complete MESS! I threw open my back door and ran towards them, they quickly flew off to the fence leaving behind dirt and more dirt all over my lounge chair and patio. I pointed my finger at them "Aha! I caught you, I don't care if you are cute and have little plumes on your heads, your playground is closed."
Here are a few pictures of the defendants, they are slightly blurry because I had to take the pictures in haste since they are quick to fly away from me. Don't let their cuteness fool you, they are calculating potting soil predators.