i'm often first up and the morning chores include feeding the cats and then feeding the birds in our yard. we have all kinds that come visit our feeder (an old coffee table): blue jays, hummingbirds, juncos, morning doves, grackles, chickadees, purple finches, and goldfinches, to name a few.
the cats are usually fussy about eating together so i snapped this pic for kymber just to prove that when there are "in the mood", it's not a problem. the big gray and white is called "barley-mow" or "barrel" for short (on account of his shape and weight - he is fit as a fiddle, but thicker than a woodsman all around, we think he is a bear cub). the tabby is "noodle-head" - noodie-noo, smart, agile and craaaanky!! he is my project manager, when i am building something or working in the yard, he is right there supervising the whole show.
they are cats after all and act real finicky any time they feel like it. kymber spoils them rotten so they take advantage at feeding time and get her to follow them all over the place with the plate of food pretending that if she doesn't get it right, they'll starve. this is ONE of the many guilt trips they heap on her that in my mind, is purely for their own amusement. she also carries them around several times a day - we call that "taxi". whenever they want to be "walked" around the house in a "taxi", she falls for it everytime. daddy isn't the same soft touch, so they behave at breakfast when i'm in charge.
anyway, next step is feeding the birds, after snapping the above pic, i looked out the kitchen window and saw one bird on the feeder - this hawk:
the pic is a little blurry on account of being taken through the kitchen window. it could be a cooper's hawk, but most likely a sharp-shinned hawk which are plentiful in cape breton and apparently love to hang around bird feeders for an easy meal. he wasn't going anywhere:
so i went out the front door to shoo him away - we're not running a buffet here!
of course there is precious little i can do about this:
new species at framboise manner - the broad-assed barrelhawk - , lol!!!!!