We had one of our beloved little birds killed by a raccoon last night. We thought they were secure in their coop with the pen we had built, but apparently it was not enough. I cleaned out the remains of the bird and the poop left behind from the raccoon that was left on the ground. Today, the birds did not want to go back in their coop in a timely manner. We put a light inside for them to see that it was okay. Normally they would have walked back up to their roost site and it would be no big deal. They just kept squawking tonight. One tried flying off over the fence we have to go away. Those poor babies were traumatized by what happened last night. People would think that birds are stupid--but I believe they are incorrect about that assumption. It's true they are not always too bright--but you or I would not be either if we didn't have a cerebral cortex like the birds don't. Their instincts told them that there was something wrong with the situation and they knew enough that they were uncertain as to wanting to go back again. I give them credit for that much knowledge of danger...more than what some humans have!