We live in a suburban town in Massachusetts, Northeast United States.
We keep a lot of bird feeders stocked all year with things birds and animals like, excluding meat and fruit.
Yesterday, October 23, 2018, we woke up to find almost all the feeders knocked over. Some were pulled out of the ground, and two were pulled down from the wire attaching them to a tree branch above. As you can see in the third picture, whatever it was did not climb the tree to get to the food on it which is not very high up, and did not disturb the bird bath by that tree.
We'd like to know what animal would do this.
We've watched raccoons tip over small feeders, but have never seen the larger feeders brought down, especially all at once.
The only thing we can think of is a bear. They're uncommon in our town, but are getting more prevalent, possibly due to local habitat loss. Massachusetts only has one breed of bear, the American black bear, Ursus americanus, so that's what it would be. We didn't find scat or footprints. (The ground is probably too frozen for footprints.)
Here are some before and after pictures: (I love the blue jay in flight in the second picture!)