Wednesday 10 June 2015
when birds sing
Do you know that song? The one that goes like... uh... Oh, what a beautiful morning. Oh what a beautiful day. You know that one? Surely you do. Well let me tell you, that song was written about a day like today. Today is pretty much perfect.
Now if any of you haven't heard that song, you don't want to hear Peep #1 sing it. There's nothing beautiful about that at all. MOUSES!
And speaking of singing, I can tell you who does sing well. Birds. Yup, birds... they were made for singing.
But speaking of birds, have you ever noticed how many bird haters there are out there? How many peeps who really and truly hate birds? Especially songbirds. What did a songbird ever do to them?
I have to admit, sometimes the bird haters are hard to spot. They're tricky, you see. Tricky and conniving. Kind of like weasels. MOUSES!
Now here's the thing. Most of the bird haters pretend to like birds. PRETEND. And they're good pretenders. That's why they're so difficult to spot.
These bird haters join various groups and societies and purport to be the PROTECTORS OF SONGBIRDS everywhere. They tell everyone who will listen that they like birds. LOVE birds! Especially the songbirds. And because songbirds are beautiful, it's difficult to imagine anyone disliking or hating them, so of course, other people believe that these so-called bird lovers are, in fact, on the side of the birds. They believe that they're on the up-and-up but you and I know better. We can see through their feathers as if they were gossamer wings. MOUSES!
These so-called bird lovers write long diatribes about songbirds being killed by the thousands, if not millions, by cats. They write to newspapers and magazines and when on-line, comment on each and every like-minded Facebook posting they can find. They often exhibit almost troll-like behaviour. Some even do 'studies' although, IF we were to study those doing the studies...
Hmm... Well let's see... Why not? Why not study the bird haters, themselves. Let's put them under the microscope for a change.
Unfortunately, none of them will actually fit under my microscope as it's less than one foot tall. MOUSES!
But we can still study their behaviour so that cats and peeps out there can see the bird haters for what they are.
These bird haters claim - as loudly as they can - that the number one cause of death to songbirds is cats. Either house cats who are allowed out or feral cats who live outside. They pull various statistics out of their hats and if not wearing hats at the time, ears, and complain bitterly about the atrocities being committed by cats.
Now let me tell you, I have NEVER ONCE seen or even heard of a cat committing an atrocity. People on the other paw... MOUSES!
What the bird haters fail to mention are all of the other studies. Studies done by very reputable scientists. Studies that have found that the use of chemicals such as pesticides, habitat loss, pollution and global warming, to name a few, play huge roles in the demise of the songbird. HUGE roles, for sure.
I have proof of this in my very own garden. Proof. PROOF POSITIVE, for sure.
My peeps don't use any chemicals in the garden. Not a single one. No chemical fertilisers or herbicides and there is not a pesticide to be found. In other words, my peeps aren't poisoning the birds directly with chemicals, nor are they starving them to death by killing all the insects that insect-eating songbirds need to survive. MOUSES!
And for the birds who prefer to eat seeds or fruit, Peep #1 plants things that will feed them, too. There are crabapple trees and roses and russian olives for fruit. Then that hedge thingy she calls a ladybug bush because she doesn't know it's real name but the ladybugs like it a lot. It was there when the peeps moved in and spreads like a weed but produces tonnes for seed for the chickadees. She even grows honeysuckle for the hummers. MOUSES!
Birds need shelter, too, so my peeps make sure there are plenty of shrubs and trees. Some really high and some not so high, so as to provide a little variety.
Now here's the proof part. Even though I live in a multi-cat household and we cats are all allowed outside in our own garden, our yard is FILLED WITH BIRDS. You should hear them when they're all in song. It's like a symphony. A symphony of song. Peep #1 says she hears way more birds in my yard than in any of the other yards around. MOUSES!
So how can this be? The evidence in my own backyard flies in the faces of the bird haters and their so-called studies they enjoy bandying about. FLIES IN THEIR FACES!!!
If it's true that cats are the number one killer of songbirds, then my backyard is an impossibility. The bird haters say you can't have both birds and cats at the same time and yet, WE DO. MOUSES!
There are, however, no mice.
The reason why my yard is possible is because my peeps have managed to eliminate two of the real killers of songbirds, pesticides and habitat loss. She provides homes for the songbirds with trees, grows food for them, doesn't kill off the insects that are a necessary food source for many and doesn't poison the birds, either. Take away those two real bird killers and she has created a garden filled with song.
But peeps, as a species, tend to want to do the easiest thing possible and they NEVER want to accept responsibility, especially when it might adversely affect their own behaviour. Thus, their tendency to blame cats.
IT IS MUCH EASIER FOR PEEPS TO BLAME CATS FOR THE DEATH OF SONGBIRDS THAN TO CHANGE THEIR OWN WAYS.
And this is why I believe these so-called bird lovers are really bird haters, in disguise. By blaming cats, people have no reason to change their own behaviours even though the behaviours in question are the TRUE KILLERS of birds. But if peeps don't make the necessary changes in their habits and practises, THE SONGBIRDS WILL DIE. You cannot find a solution without first identifying the problem and the real problem is people, not cats.
Some people must really hate birds a lot to allow them all to die simply so that they can continue to live as they please. To continue to pollute the environment, cut down all the trees, use tonnes of chemicals in their yards and not put a stop to global warming. How selfish, indeed. MOUSES!