Since this week’s first two posts were bird-related, I’ll continue the theme today.
In addition to maintaining the backyard food and water bowls, we also have several bird feeders which Maggie keeps stocked with a variety of seeds. Collectively they’re known as the “Cat Entertainment Device”, and replenishing the seeds is usually called “changing the CED’s batteries.” The CED attracts quite a few birds, most of which I couldn’t identify if my life depended on it (I can usually distinguish seagulls, hawks, owls, egrets, and crows. Beyond that, I’m pretty much reduced to describing them by size and color.) I’m pretty sure most of them are semi-regulars.
He was quite talkative — squawkative might be a better way to put it. We suspect he was a home escapee: he didn’t seem afraid of us and let us get quite close. He was wary enough to keep enough distance that trying to capture him didn’t seem feasible. Dodging around us didn’t stop him from vacuuming up an amazing number of sunflower seeds.
He’s only showed up once, although I think I heard him a couple of times over the next few days. Hopefully he found his way back home, or at least someplace where he gets plenty of sunflower seeds and doesn’t have to dodge cats.