You can’t mention cats to birders without quickly being shut down claiming all cats should be indoors or be killed, but if they had a more open mind they might learn to to protect more birds. We don’t have a problem and we’ve had a lot of cats. That’s no accident. The neighbors, three of then that I have seen lately, keep feeders low to the ground. Cats kill birds mostly by ambushing them, running after them, jumping and snagging them with their claws. Take away ambush spots and keep feeders up high and they can’t catch birds. Bird baths are another killer. They should be kept up high and far from any place a cat can hide, but unfortunately most people put them in garden settings which makes it easy to kill birds. I learned this a long time ago. I will not tolerate a cat killing birds. Not in my yard. Another thing, cats are not all alike. Sure they would all like to catch a mouse if they could, but most never figure out how to catch birds, except in places where people have a perfect ambush setting. Without that, birds are extremely hard to catch. They have good eyes and lots of them because they work together. If they’re not in the habit of killing birds, they don’t even know about the spring chicks falling out of trees. And if one has places for chicks to hide they don’t get seen.
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