The robins were making quite a racket this morning. You know, the racket they make when their nest or babies are being bothered. I looked out the window and saw the baby on the ground – hopping – but not quite ready to fly well.
Frequently there is a gray cat that patrols my yard in the morning hunt, often killing the birds. I suspected the Robin parents were upset over this cat, so I sent Murph out to chase the cat away. He promptly got dive-bombed by the parents – something that hasn’t happened to him. He quickly hustled back into the house.
Later in the afternoon, I mowed the back yard and the parents let me know they were upset with me as well so I kept an eye out for the baby because I didn’t want to hurt it with the mower. I finally noticed the baby – well hidden by sitting in the fencing.
Sadly, I don’t have high hopes for this little robin’s safety overnight. I really dislike it when people allow their cats to roam outside. I enjoy the birds and the little chipmunks and don’t appreciate the cats using my yard as a smorgasbord. Our city has laws that state that both cats and dogs must be on a leash when off the owner’s property, but “cat people” seem to think the law doesn’t apply to them.
Read about a recent study on the harm cats are doing to the ecosystem.
Domestic cats kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds and up to 20 billion small rodents each year, according to researchers at the Migratory Bird Center of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.