Since we put up a feeder near our patio, we've had the joy of viewing lots of bird life, and lots of squirrels too. We enjoy the squirrel's canniness in getting to the feeder, but love how the birds not only use the feeder, but also our cats' food dish. Each day we see a symphony of sparrows, (at least 2 different kinds of sparrow); blue jays, cardinals, mockingbirds, 2 kinds of doves and robins. But this morning was special as we had the company of a wood thrush and a red-bellied woodpecker.
The neighbors' cats for whom we fill that dish, sometimes hide around the corner of our spa house and stalk the birds. They're thankfully unsuccessful in their quest. They also chase the squirrels, sometimes going right up the trees, and again lose their prey. Last summer, one mother mockingbird had it in for Smoky, the one young cat who particularly likes to climb trees. Every time his paw hit Nathan grass, she'd scream and divebomb him until he sought shelter under a shrub or left the yard. None of the other cats were targeted. Smoky hasn't come to her attention this year...he's gotten older and perhaps smarter.