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08 October 2007 @ 08:43 pm

So, this is Pua. She's a cat. My cat. Yeah.


This is a bird. I have birdseed out for her. She eats the birdseed. She brings her bridseed eating friends to our porch. We are a regular bird haven.  

Do we see a problem here?

Pua + Birdie = dinner

So, for awhile there, Pua was bringing was bringing birds into the house left and right. And not just dead birds. Yep, the live ones that would fly around the house until the roomie and I could catch them. But, she hadn't done it since we got back here in August.

So, today, as I was walking to my bedroom, Pua comes in the kitty door with a bird in her mouth. She let the bird go, and it started to frantically fly around the hall. I think I must've shrieked because the roomie came running. I ran into the kitchen and grabbed a bowl and the roomie managed to corner the bird next to the front door. Somehow, the poor traumatized bird managed to squeeze through the shutters and was hiding between the shutters and the window. I had the bowl in hand, and the roomie grabbed a magazine so we could trap it. Unfortunately, she had grabbed the Entertainment Weekly with Milo on the cover, so I quickly grabbed a People with Britney Spears on the cover. We cannot deface Milo in such a manner. 

You would think that the roomie and I would be expert bird catchers after the many bird incidents we have had. But no, we are still pretty inept in the bird trapping area. The bird decided to plant itself in the corner of the window and the shutter. It was hard to scoop her up at this angle. I tried to coax it with the bowl. Heather tried to nudge it with the Britney Spears magazine. Bird is still frozen to the spot. At one point, I thought I finally had it, and started to scoop it up. The bird let out a squeak, Heather and I both screamed, and I dropped the bowl. The bird took to the skies, so to speak.

Yeah, that went over well. I must've squished it a bit. Poor thing.

I relinquished my bowl duty, and took the magazine from Heather. The bird finally landed on another window seal. This time, I managed to nudge the bird into the bowl and covered it up quickly with the magazine. Unfortunately for the bird, I accidently pulled out its tail feathers. I felt horrible. Heather and I took the bird outside and gave her freedom, but she probably isn't going to get very far without those feathers.

Which leads me to my question of the day: Can birds fly without their tail feathers? Are they able to grow them back if they lose them?

Off to google this now. Poor, poor bird. 

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Filo: LL Finale Kissfilo77 on October 9th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
I think most birds lose their tail feathers pretty easily (it's a defense mechanism against predators). I'm pretty sure that they grow back and that the birdie can fly without them.

Although the poor thing won't be able to go to a club anytime soon. You know, since the birdie won't be able to "shake her tail feathers" and all...
robinpoppins: Fascinatingrobinpoppins on October 9th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
Aw, I'm responsible for it being an outcast. That's so sad :( No more shakin; its tail feathers.