I froze against the building when the tiny Bewick’s wren spotted me as it was heading toward the bird house in the patio garden behind our condo.
The bird jumped anxiously on a branch behind some leaves, waiting for me to leave so it could deliver the insect in its beak to a hungry hatchling.
Then out of the corner of my eye, I glimpsed the Siamese cat that has been hanging around our building for months. Many times I have seen this cat perched on the fence right next to my neighbor’s bird feeder.
According to the American Bird Conservancy, 150 million free-ranging cats kill 500 million birds a year in the U.S.
This cat probably has a home nearby but it’s owners must not care if their cat picks up a disease from wildlife, another cat or gets hit by a car.
Please be a responsible pet owner and keep your cat inside!