The other day, my new blog friend, troutbirder, expressed his concern for songbirds as I was expressing mine for the feral kitties in the parking lot at work. Troutbirder is a new friend, so I will have to give him a little background on me and how I look out for bugs and frogs and snails and fish and kitties and dogs and pretty much all sorts of creatures. I hope he sees that I'm an okay gal and that I probably love the creatures of this good green Earth more than most of the humans that inhabit it.
So, troutbirder, know that I DO look out for the birdies in my 'hood. Here is a video of us shooing off a big hawk from our yard one very snowy day. I was protecting those very same songbirds you are worried about too. My help sorta stinks though:
And yes, I take crap for letting my kitties outside when we are home. When you have kids running in and out of your house a cabillion times a day, it was just too difficult for us to keep them from getting out. We let our cats out with supervision. We are surrounded by dogs in the other yards, so they learned the hard way it is just easier to stick in our garden....napping under the hostas:
Each cat has a snap-collar with a giant bell on it.....but no worries, we have lazy non-hunting cats regardless. Grace is very old and isn't interested in going outside too much anymore. And she was never a hunter. I don't think she ever killed anything--maybe a cat toy or two in her day. Now she likes to sleep a lot and snub the food we offer her. Sometimes she enjoys barfing on the one rug we own.
Hobbes is commonly referred to as 47 lbs of Stripey Goodness. He is on a strict diet and is somewhere around 18 lbs currently. He does not eat human food of any kind (not interested), birdies or mousies...although he did lick a worm once. He is a hard cat-food kinda guy.
I have a pond in the yard that is home to frogs, snails, little fish, and a big fish named Mr. Cuddles. I try to keep them from the raccoon and the pterodactyl with a low-wattage electric fence that is on a timer from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. It is used to train dogs, so it does not harm, but "encourages" trouble-makers to move along.
I leave out veggie scraps under the birdfeeder for the mom opossum who carries her young in her pouch. She comes over all the time. We once had to trap some raccoons who were causing damage to our house and caught the opossum on accident. I let the opossum go--they were not the troublemakers.
So, while I try to assure you that I have the backs of all the animals in the 'hood, I do have to admit that the songbirds ARE indeed in some danger. But is it not the kitties or the hawk that they have to worry about--the greatest danger to birdies in our yard is this:
Sometimes you can't stop nature, hard as I try, troutbirder. I hope you understand.