There has been a lot in the news recently about cats and how they harm our native birds. We don’t have a cat for that very reason. I have nothing against them, in fact I really like cats, but not when they are attacking the birds. Lately there has been a little grey tortoiseshell cat hanging around our property and whenever I chase it off, it dashes under the house. I am hoping it hasn’t set up home under there because the last thing we need is a family of kittens under the house.
I saw the cat sitting on the bench seat near the bird feeders today so I know it has been targeting the birds. Waxeyes are very quick little birds but cats are hunters and they do catch birds. I have already seen one waxeye with a chunk of feathers missing. I have to assume it was lucky enough to get away and avoid being dinner of the day. I think it might be time to get the water pistol out again and have it ready and waiting.