I’ve had it up to here with cats wandering up on my deck — the place where I feed birds — as if they owned the place.
They are welcome to cross the yard if they like. Technically, they are violating a city ordinance by wandering about loose, but I’m willing to cut them a little slack.
But the deck is a no-cat zone, and the cats don’t seem to be getting the message. It is becoming a daily thing — often more than once a day. I notice there aren’t any birds feeding. I take a closer look, and, sure enough, one of the cats is making itself at home.
I chase it off, clapping my hands. It leaves, but sooner or later it always comes back. Or another cat takes its place.
So I’m going to get more aggressive. I’m going to fill my squirt bottle — as soon as I can find it — with water and have it at the ready. If I can’t find the squirt bottle, I’ll buy a squirt gun the next time I go to the store. I will not harm a cat, but I will do whatever I can to make its visit to my deck unpleasant.
I mean, really.
On other topics:
- Jana in Proctor and others have mentioned seeing nighthawks recently. Apparently, a major migration swept through the Duluth area the other day. Karl Bardon and the other counters at Hawk Ridge reported seeing13,154 common nighthawks on Tuesday — the fourth-highest single-day count on record in Minnesota. I’m not even sure if I could count that high.
- I went for a walk on the Split Rock River Trail in Lake County today. I didn’t see much in the way of birds, but what I did see made it worthwhile: a pair of mourning warblers. This was worthwhile because they were "lifers" for me — the first mourning warblers I’ve seen, or at least the first I’ve put on my list. I wasn’t sure they were mourning warblers while I was on the trail, but after looking at more pictures online, I am sure. The colors matched perfectly, and the white eye ring confirmed it. (Actually, a walk on a beautiful day in August is worthwhile even if I don’t see ANY birds.)
- Thanks to Kathy and Andrew for your suggestions regarding what to do to keep bees out of the hummingbird feeders. Andrew, your suggestion may have been the most unique advice I’ve gotten on any topic so far with this blog.