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Friday Cat Blogging

The Hunt

Friday Cat Blogging


[Editor: Tonto is once again going to discover that grackles aren’t as stupid as doves, and will find the spot empty when she springs. Hope springs eternal, and every Spring Tonto hopes to get a grackle.]

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1 jams o donnell { 03.16.12 at 5:17 am }

A cat can dream!

2 Bryan { 03.16.12 at 10:07 pm }

She is just annoyed because they have invaded her sunning area, and grackles are noisy.

3 Steve Bates { 03.17.12 at 1:31 am }

“… grackles are noisy.”

And poop a lot. For decades, they invaded the Rice University campus each year, including the main quadrangle and the trees outside most of the classroom buildings, and over a period of 2-3 weeks they coated the area with BS. It got so bad that all students and faculty attending early evening classes or events carried umbrellas. When the grackles were done doing that, most of them (every year) caught some plague and died, leaving the same area covered with bird carcasses, which rotted in the rain until campus groundskeepers managed to clean them up. Various clever tricks were tried to persuade them to choose somewhere else for their gatherings, including broadcasting the sounds of predators from loudspeakers in the trees… all to no avail.

I’m on Tonto’s side in this conflict.

4 Bryan { 03.17.12 at 7:55 pm }

I have seen a few deceased grackles around, but no sign that anyone has had grackle for lunch. Even if she caught it, I doubt she would eat it, as there must be something wrong with it. They definitely have dove on the menu, especially during the Spring which is kitten training season, the only time they bother catching birds, but no robins and no grackles.

As for the university – they probably died of boredom listening to intro course lectures.