I have been recently purchasing some bird food that attracts
goldfinches to our birdfeeders. And luckily, the squirrels
don’t seem to care for it. So I don’t spend
a lot of time yelling out the windows, “HEY!”
to the squirrels.
As soon as I say “HEY!,” Moxie, our Dalmatian,
comes running to the window and puts her paws up on the
sill to see what’s going on. She is very offended
by any creature who puts his or her paws on “her”
property. Just as well, she gets offended and often “up
in arms” when anyone walks by on our street while
walking their dog.
Sometimes when Herman is walking her, he comes upon another
dog and Moxie goes nuts. She’s great with people,
but not so great with other dogs. She’s also great
with cats as long as she’s been properly introduced.
But strange cats, well, they fall into the category of any
other creature whose paws dare touch her turf.
One day in September of this year, there was a gray cat
lounging in our back yard. Moxie went nuts. The cat was
doing nothing but lying in a sun beam and staring at the
crazy dog at the door barking frantically at her. When she
got good and ready, she sauntered out of the yard at her
own majestic pace. That’s a cat for you.
And when the goldfinches are flocking to the bird feeders,
like a mini-convention. Our two cats, Sally and Sam, sit
at the window just three feet away in awe. All those snacks
on wings and no way to get to them. Once in a while one
of the cats will jump up on the window sill or to the top
of the window and scare the flock of birds away. Just asserting
that they can still do it I guess.
I often will spend time watching the finches as they grow
fatter thanks to our bird food. It’s a very peaceful
habit, watching birds, and I recommend it highly. All that
fuss and bother to get a meal which I actually have set
out for them.
The name of the bird food is called thistle seed and it
certainly attracts a lot of gold finches and chickadees
in this neighborhood.
I have a hummingbird feeder which I took down one day in
late September because it seems the local hummingbirds had
flown south. Or at least that is my guess. They hadn’t
been around for awhile and it must have been that time of
Also at this tile of year I sadly have to put away my shorts
and have to start wearing long pants. But I’ll still
be outside every sunny day there is. And I’m happy
to say we continue to get a nice flock of finches and chickadees
at our feeders. So, happy fall and happy bird watching!
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting
career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing
from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may
be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com”