The feeder attracts everything!
Daisy brought in a chickadee. They all bring their birds indoors. Daize trotted in and dropped it on the new carpet for me to see. It was picked up, it rested for a moment, and I took it outside, flying up onto Fathead. Then, it was gone.
Both bird groups and Ontario Nature are trying to market themselves by angering people over cats as killers. It's just not so. The studies have too many variables, we don't know how many birds or cats there are. For us, the birds are pretty swift, and fly off. Mostly, it is rodents that they grab.
|In 2015 we had 4 cats|
Finally, an interesting study. Yes, N.A. birds are facing habitat loss. It's not cats. It's the lack of respect for the forest, jungle and habitat of birds who must flee our harsh Canadian winters. This is something over which we have little control.
We've known about habitat loss for years. They are using it as a marketing tool, as well. Each email fundraiser hits it home.
Bird count 2015Final totals:
Four cats caught 11 birds in 2015, out of a total of 73 critters found out and about. Mostly, they were in the spring. The hawk chased two, that I know of, which flew into the window.
We released 4 of the 10 that they caught.
It's about time this topic came up again. It always does, in January, when bird traffic at feeders increases. It truly depends upon where you live, and the individual cats.
|She waited for it, listening intently|
Daisy heard one under the snow last year. They have marvellous tunnels under the snow. We are plagued by mice in the house. They carry disease.
PART I: Cats as predators; we're meat eaters, too
PART II: Cats as killers: myth or true data
PART III: Cats as killers... debate continues!
PART V: Protecting bird feeders from cats
What do we need to know in order to come with data?We don't know how many cats people own.
We don't know if they are indoor or outdoor cats.
We don't know if cats are feral or domesticated.
We don't know how many birds there are in the wild.
We don't know the numbers of rural and urban cats.
We don't know how many people feed birds in heavily populated cities and lure both birds and cats.
There are variables in terms of climate and weather. They aren't out getting birds in -20 C. temperatures, nor in pouring rain.
This is nonsense. It's just wrong to pit cat lovers against bird lovers! Too many, on either side of the fence, are happy to get upset with these ridiculous 'facts!'