Hummingbird Wars vs Cats In The Garden Again? You may know how territorial hummingbirds are, chasing one another away from various food sources, and real estate on trees, shrubs and flowers in endless Hummingbird Wars. Goodness knows, I have written about it several times…Here and Here. I have also written about my Cats in the Garden vs Hummingbird Wars and my cats’ fascination with stalking birdies, including hummingbirds. Zoe, being the chief culprit has caught several. My job has been keeping hummingbirds safe and keeping Zoe and her sidekick in crime, Raja from harming them.
This is a Rufous Hummingbird on the Crocosmia Lucifer. Otherwise, we have a huge crop of baby Anna’s Hummingbirds, who are so tiny and so clueless to the dangers of the cats. I have seen them come down and hover Very close to the cats until I chase them away. Where is Mama?
The full cast of hummingbirds in our garden. The first image is of an Anna’s Hummingbird, the second of a Rufous Hummingbird and then we have a Rufous feeding on the Crocosmia and an Anna’s at the feeder. This year we have seen only a few Rufous, but tons and tons of Anna’s and especially the baby Anna’s that seem to be hanging out in our dogwood tree.
Some of the folding fencing that we have put around the Crocosmia Lucifer to prevent the kitties from getting too close to the hummers as they feed on flowers of their favorite color – Red. This has been pretty effective, but doesn’t prevent them from hanging out and hoping. I chase them away when I see them there.
This is Zoe hanging out beneath the Crocosmia, and she can’t get too close, but she is hopeful and hangs out anyway. Gratefully, she has not caught any hummers this year that we know of. I intend to keep it that way.
See this sweet little innocent looking Raja amid the Cape Fuschia? Not so innocent!
In reality, he is just underneath this Hummingbird Feeder. And the Cape Fuschia, another Hummingbird favorite is at eye level.
This is the screen I made from the folding fencing and Contorted Filbert branches that I had pruned off a tree hanging into my back yard. I really liked the look. It is at least a partial barrier to kitties rushing through the Cape Fuschia to get at the hummers.
To get the full impact of Raja’s guilty intent….He is sitting on a bench near the hummingbird feeder, the same Cape Fuschia is hanging in mid-air, only a little higher than his head. In the meantime, totally clueless baby Anna’s Hummingbirds are coming down to feed on the Cape Fuschias. The Anna’s will chase each other away from the Cape Fuschias and the Crocosmia, but they are oblivious to the cat, other than to let out some scolding chirps. I have seen them about a foot and a half away from his head. You see my problem?
My temporary solution is that I put a green stake into the ground and tied up the drooping Cape Fuschia so they are not within reach of the cats. (They are really tall this year.) A more semi-permanent solution is to get more of the folding fencing from the hardware store to make a better barrier to this area of the garden. I could move that feeder, but I doubt it would have any effect as that dogwood tree is where All the adult and baby Anna’s Hummingbirds hang out. I see or hear two or three at any one time. I am trying to keep the hummers reasonably safer, given my kitties love the garden too, but they need to get a clue.
What have you done to keep cats and other pets away from wildlife, short of locking them in the house? (which is tempting at times.)