Saturday, July 19, 2008

Pedro's Hitchcockian Experience

The Birds! (hum haunting music to further get yourself into the moody for this spooky post.)

We have baby swallows in our yard. The parents built the nest the first week of June. This weekend began Baby Swallow (Fledgling) Boot Camp.

Throughout this process Pedro has been "cat on alert" everyday. He sits in the window for hours watching the nest activities 20 feet above our porch. In the evenings, when I get home from work, he begs to go out on the porch so he can watch some more.

We have seen the birds chase off the neighborhood squirrel, Squiggy, and other birds and a young fox. Up until Saturday they had not seemed concerned about Pedro. That all changed suddenly at the commencement of Flight School.

So, here is Pedro laying quietly watching the bird activity, and all of a sudden one of the adult birds swoops down to attack him. He did what any self-respecting cat would do and swatted at it. He missed but felt defended. The next attack came in the form of two adult birds and successfully drove him into the house to cower. Now when he goes out he either lays under my chair on the porch or just inside the door to watch.

I know he will miss the excitement once they have all flown the coop.

I hope you are all finding small entertainments in your lives!

1 comment:

Cathy R said...

Awwww... Poor Pedro. Beaten up by birds. Hopefully, no other cats saw it happen.