Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Natural Remedy

We have several Anna’s hummingbirds that depend on a constant supply of nectar all year long. These diminutive little busybodies have been a constant source of enjoyment.

The back gardens would be the logical place for these birds to hang out and feed in peace. But logic is something they choose not to indulge in. If I hang feeders in the back gardens they are ignored. Our front porch is where they must be.
Unfortunately the family across the street brought home a cat. I love house cats just as much as the next person, but as the name implies they should be house cats.....indoors. Better for the cat and even better for our dwindling number of native birds. Saturn is a very sweet cat and I’m sure his three little boys love him dearly and would think me a horrible old ogre if I was to lodge a complaint.

The cheeky little bugger was right there sitting on the front porch this morning as if to say, 
“What ya going to do about it? You can’t hurt me, I’ll tell my little humans and they will hate 
you.” This old gardener might be a bit slow at times but eventually I get it together.

My beautiful monkey puzzle tree has needed a bit of pruning for a while. But pruning one of these trees takes careful consideration not to mention a good hard hat and some even better leather gloves.
I made quick decisive cuts with a limited amount of bloodshed, mine that is.

I covered the porch rail with the spiny trimmings, under the watchful gaze of a hummingbird. I went back into the house and it wasn’t ten minutes before Saturn appeared.

And it was about another five seconds before Saturn decided Anna’s hummingbirds are not on his menu.


  1. How clever Doc. I tried tin foil on my kitchen counters to keep the cat off and it worked - for about 10 minutes. I can't believe you still have hummers. They leave here in September and come back in April. Have a happy holiday with you and yours. Donna@gather

  2. Hahahahaha. I love it, Doc!
    It might be 'nature' for cats to hunt birds; but owners should be responsible, too.

  3. How fortuitous that your Monkey Puzzle Tree needed pruning at that exact time. Well done. I hope Saturn keeps away.

  4. Good thinking! The goal is to live in harmony with each other. Let’s hope the peaceable kingdom remains.

  5. Haha! Nice! Although I'd be surprised if a cat could catch a hummingbird in the first place.