..... I performed a well-intentioned task a few days ago that has proved to be more than just a little diabolic...... and hey, it was an honest mistake..... but folks, there is just something exceedingly evil about owning outdoor cats & then happily putting up a birdfeeder on a three-foot pole just outside your front door.....

... actually, I wasn't even thinking when I filled the little glass Christmas present that my Sainted Mother had given The Missus.... indeed, I happily poured the mixed-nut mixture into the little urn while visions of gleeful, tweeting 'little friends' danced through my noggin..... and after three days of hanging in the breeze, a steady trickle of songbirds finally began arriving for breakfast this morning.... and it wasn't until the trickle turned into a deluge around 3pm that I noticed just how happy the cats (Fred and Bob) were....

.... no deaths were witnessed today, thankfully...... but I did note quite a few near-misses.... particularly among the tiny wee birdies known as House Finches... they are capable of the most amazing low-level aerial acrobatics that I have ever seen..... I guess being faced with the prospect of being eaten alive brings the best out of them.....

.... the other visitors today were a lot more cautious in their nibblings than those finches..... but I must admit, Fred and Bob viewed each and every beast as a copacetic gift from The Heavens......

.... all in all, I witnessed a nice array of bird species feeding today..... I saw my very first Tufted Titmouse this afternoon.... and also my very first Carolina Chickadee..... and there were, of course, the aforementioned fearless House Finches..... along with two sets of male & female Cardinals, and a gang of unruly Blue Jays.... but of all of them, the titmouses (titmice?) were my favorite..... with the chickadee coming in as a close second....

.... I enjoyed watching all of those birds feast just outside my window.... I truly did..... but be it all as it may, I still can't quit thinking that all of what I witnessed today is deeply, deeply just not right.....

.... cat owners just shouldn't be allowed to purchase bird feeders..... I am torn...... hell, I'd rather watch the birds than the cats..... and their interaction is quite entertaining...... but it isn't really natural...... and the day that I find a freshly-gnawed titmouse carcass in the garage is going to be a sad, sad day.....

..... but hey, isn't it better for lots and lots of little birdies to have stomachs full of nuts and berries (supplied by me, Mr. Benevolence)... than it is for them to suffer against the Cold Winds of Winter & starvation?.... even if one of their brood occasionally gets culled for kitty food?.....

..... so, what say ye, gentle rubbernecker?..... am I feeding the birds (a good thing), feeding the cats (a bad thing), or feeding some sort of perverse, evil subconscious at the core of my being? (an even worse thing).... or should I just mount the damnable feeder a bit higher?.......

.... hey, Bou?..... at least you don't have these Great Moral Dilemmas in regards to your birdfeeder..... how are those squirrels, by the way?.....

... photos to come to tomorrow of the birds I snapped, by the way..... especially the tufted titmouse and the cardinals & jays........

by Eric on January 28, 2008 | Bullshit (18) | TrackBack (0) | Ummm, Ok....
Bullshit So Far

There is a park down the street from me called "Titmouse Park." I always assumed it was named after some sort of rare species of *mice.* D'oh! But tell me, why would somebody name a bird, a mouse?

Bullshitted by DogsDontPurr on January 28, 2008 05:46 PM

Regarding the squirrels: You'll probably soon need to get one of these:

Bullshitted by Mrs. Who on January 28, 2008 06:01 PM

I have several different feeders in my yard for the pluthora of birds we have around here.
Unfortunatly, my neighbor lets her cats roam around and they always make a stop in my yard.
One day, when Sam was still a puppy, he swiped a dove that the neighbor's cat had killed. He happily brough it in to the house (we have a dog door) were he finished dimembering the body.
When I came home from shopping I discoverd that I had blood, guts and feathers ALL over my living room floor.

Bullshitted by Maeve on January 28, 2008 07:01 PM

I hate you.

You put one stinkin' feeder out and a day later you have a frickin' VARIETY. You're flipping through a damn bird book, obviously, and finding shit in there that is in your damn yard!

Meanwhile, I think I'm on month frickin' SIX and not only have I not had on damn bird, but I added two more bird feeders, ended up with a gang of squirrels and when the feed was gone, they got VIOLENT in my garden and tore the feeders apart.

No shit.

I can't believe I didn't blog it. Probably because I'm damaged by the entire turn of events. Frickin' psycho squirrels. Not one frickin' bird. And I figured I'd have TONS by now. TONS. Everything migrates down here.

AND, since you asked, and since I'm on a damn roll in your comments, because my husband hung 200,000 lights in our yard, some of which were in my damn garden, the squirrels were able to find a way to use the lights as LEVERAGE so they didn't have to work so hard to get the seed.

In short: Not going so well down here, ERIC. GAH! Its enough to drive me to drink. Pass the chocolate vodka, Jimbo. Please.


Bullshitted by Bou on January 28, 2008 09:06 PM

Look at it this way... you, and Fred and Bob, are actually helping to strengthen the gene pools in the species hanging around out there. Only the weakest will become kitty treats. Survival of the fittest, and all that rot... Just give it a couple or three generations and you'll have super-titmouses (er, ...mice?) flying back in like a squadron of eagles to kick Fred and Bob's collective asses...

Bullshitted by Winston on January 28, 2008 11:04 PM

Just wait, I have been feeding year round at our cottage, 4 feeders, it is damn cold here, so I make sure the birds are well fed, on Sunday, I was witness to something I have never seen, a big beautiful Cooper's Hawk, made a nice meal of a sparrow that was trying to get his turn at said feeder.

Bullshitted by Sheila - MI on January 29, 2008 07:56 AM

You sir are a gentleman and a scholar! You are indeed a passionate man who is helping to insure the survival of the feathered species. Although some would detect a diabolical intent to just save money on cat food I hesitate to believe that...

Bullshitted by GUYK on January 29, 2008 08:54 AM

You know how I feel about the rats with tails. They would eat all the seed in the bird feeder, and then eat the damn feeder...I kid you not.

Things have gotten better since Stretch appeared on the Stretchengeti, but I still keep a tally sheet on the wall next to pill box / kill zone #1. Before his arrival, I was doing about 50 of 'em a I'm down to about 20-25.

I do loves me my Benjamin one pumper.

Bullshitted by Yabu on January 29, 2008 10:13 AM

Sweet...combination birdfeeder/cat feeder. I'm solidly in the Winston camp though, if we had cats around here (in which case i find myself firmly in the Yabu camp) my friendly nuthatches would be bad asses!

The Slainte regulars include:

Purple finch
Golden finch
Tufted Titmouse
and the ubiquitous sparrows

Bullshitted by Jay- the friendly neighborhood piper on January 29, 2008 10:37 AM

I vote for moving the feeder higher and giving the cats more exercise. No sense making it easy for 'em. Oh, and the squirrels? Scoped pellet gun and hope the feeder is BB-proof. I had a plastic feeder with a few chunks missing, back in the times when I fed the wildlife. The barrel on my Crosman multi-pump was a tad loose and threw the occasional flier. The hordes of grackles did me in though- they made a mess (not just with seeds) and emptied the feeders on a daily basis.

Bullshitted by G on January 29, 2008 01:49 PM

Not sure. When one of our felines drag in a bird, my BF uses it's feathers to tie flies.

Bullshitted by upset waitress on January 29, 2008 03:13 PM

Keep the feeder. It's good to have to work a bit for your supper, and Fred and Ginger are entertained to boot!

Bullshitted by Richmond on January 29, 2008 04:32 PM

".... cat owners just shouldn't be allowed to purchase bird feeders....."

Absolutely not, especially without a background check, and 3 day waiting period. Remember, when bird feeders are outlawed, only outlaws will have bird feeders.

Oh, one last thing... with that bird feeder in the front yard... I'd be careful about leaving the top down bro'... bombardier to pilot and all that...

Bullshitted by RedNeck on January 29, 2008 05:08 PM

The little guys are great plucked, drawn, and deep-fried. You can eat 'em, bones and all. Nice and crunchy.

Bullshitted by Elisson on January 29, 2008 06:00 PM

I mean, of course, the birds.

Bullshitted by Elisson on January 29, 2008 06:01 PM

Squirrels make good gravy...ate a bunch of 'em as a youngin'.

Bullshitted by Mrs. Who on January 29, 2008 11:16 PM

Our birds came back last week, we have a ton of them and about 100 doves eat at the cracked corn I throw out everyday. My chickens are doing good, my 5 hens are giving me 4 to 5 eggs a day. My bantams are growing and the rooster is trying to crow. He is only 3 months old, but he tries everyday.

Bullshitted by Catfish on January 30, 2008 12:14 AM

...copacetic...indeed...was not on my Latin and my Greek radar so I had to look it up and was surprised to learn it is US slang. Lovely piece...beautiful word.

Bullshitted by John C. on January 30, 2008 04:57 PM