Daily Archives: October 12, 2009

English Fox Climbing a Tree

Hi Trisha,  Thought you might be interested in a couple of bird incidents that have happened in my back garden earlier in the year.

We live in the suburbs of Newcastle and have a tree in the garden which is regularly nested by blackbirds, pigeons, finches and wrens.

One morning about 4am in May there was such a commotion in the tree – the blackbirds were screaming – that I got up and went outside to find three dead blackbird chicks and a pigeon chick.  Thinking the nest had been predated by a cat I sat watching the corpses for about 10 minutes when to my surprise a fox came into the garden and picked up all the chicks.  Either the fox was exceptionally lucky to have found them or it can climb trees! – see Video below of a fox climbing a tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmGxacavuvw

 

R –  Thanks again for sharing your story / memories with me.

I’ve seen a crow eating a blackbird and the other year I came across some dead chicks (gollies)  strewn all over the lawn.  I still don’t know what killed them.  something must have dropped them so far from their nest, buy why they were not eaten I do not know.

Our cultivated gardens are home to wildlife and we can’t control what wildlife does.  This maybe is part of the attraction of gardens.

I’ve lived in the countryside all my life and I have never heard of foxes climbing trees.  I’m amazed.  Because I’ve seen the video with my own eyes I now believe foxes can climb.  Foxes are very clever animals.  they can make home underground and also climb trees.

Amazing way of stopping cats killing birds

I would never have thought of this.  John has contacted me with this surprising way to stop cats killing birds –

We have three cats, and have found a paradoxical way of stopping them from catching birds..

We have about a dozen bird feeders with different foods in. As a result we have a huge population of birds, particularly house sparrows.

At the first sighting of a cat the alarm goes up and every species is alerted. More food is more pairs of eyes to watch out for danger.

The moggies have next to no chance. They still bring home the occasional bird, but it used to be several a week rather than a handful over the whole summer

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I thought I was bad enough with my variety of feeders, but I don’t think I have twelve!

John, you must keep the feeders close together do you, that will be why you have a large group of birds in one place.

I spread my feeders around the garden. Some are hanging from branches, some are bird tables, some are ground feeders, but they are not all together in the same place.

Thanks for getting in touch and it is an amazing thing to hear about.  They say there is safety in numbers don’t they and what you have told us proves that is the case.

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