For some weeks we have had a pair of Song Thrushes nesting in a bush in our garden. As a result I have not pruned the bush even though it is in need of attention. They have continued to build the nest, lay eggs and hatch them even though the grass has needed mowing and our dog has known they were around. Recently they have been collecting food and feeding young that could sometimes be heard in the nest.
Last evening I let he dog out and there was a commotion in the bush. There was the sound of young birds crying out and the bush was being shaken violently. The dog barked at the disturbance and a cat jumped from the bush, up onto the fence and away. It was not a cat I recognised and so, presumably, had come from some distance away.
This morning there was one baby bird dead on the grass with puncture wounds in its body and another in the deserted nest.
Thrushes are becoming rarer and we had hoped to see the young fledge and perhaps even get a `family` photo. Life is full of sadness and disappointment.
I have repositioned my ultra sonic cat scarer gizzmo (runs on pp9 batteries) to protect my blackbird this year. Lost the brood last year to a cat and said cat was sniffing round the nest again this year. It seems to be working, haven't seen a cat stalking the nest since. It hasn't affected the birds, in fact there seem to be more of them about. Added bonus is no messes to clean up after cats, wish I'd got the ultra sonic cat scarer gizzmo years ago.
I could accept it as being `nature` if cats were not an alien species to this country. In common with the grey squirrel, rabbits and one or two others, they were imported by man and are now permitted to run wild by those who keep them as pets. Some have become feral.
I`m unsure of the definition of `appropriate action` as described by Al94 but can think of some which may fit the bill.