Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Excitement in the cattery...
This morning Debbie walked into the cattery to see one of our cats (Kapua, aka “mom kitty” ) very excited about something she saw in one of the north-facing windows: a fledgling robin. It had either fallen or flown into the well, but couldn't fly straight up to get out of it. It was a very confused and unhappy little fledgling.
Debbie and I both thought of getting a dish towel to cover the fledgling with. We know from (hard) past experience that you can turn a bird “off” by covering its head. But Debbie had the real winning idea: to throw the towel so as to cover the fledgling, while I stayed at some distance. That worked perfectly: I got it covered on the first throw, then packed it gently into a bubble in the towel, and took it outside – to the vast disappointment of the feline crowd watching the whole affair carefully.
I let the fledgling go at the end of our front door walkway. It flew away from the house, toward the pines in our front yard, then did an about-face and flew straight back to the house, landing in a planting about one foot from another well window. Sheesh. Dumb as a stump would be a welcome upgrade to its brain-power. As of this writing, the fledgling had not fallen back down into the other well window. I bet it does, though...
Update: just a few minutes after I first posted this, Debbie called up. “Bird in the window, again!” Down I went, dish towel in hand, and repeated the entire exercise. This time I let it go at some distance from the house, under a blue spruce. Hopefully it will stay there for a while before diving into a window well again.
Stumps are positively brilliant by comparison!