Thursday, 8 December 2011

The Cat is a Bird!

For the last 5 days that damn bird has been flying at my bedroom window in the early hours of dawn - before I want to wake.
Not just once and knocking itself out - multiple times.
I've identified this stupid bird as a green catbird.
Just before it's attack it makes a sound like an annoying nasal child with a high pitched voice bothering it's mother with stupid noises maaaaayaaap maaaayaaap (well it's difficult to write a cat bird sound). It sort of sounds like a cat's meow.

I heard if you put a big bird shape on the window it scares them away, but Big Bird is so friendly looking I would just get more birds - maybe more Big Birds.
I hung a big shawl on the pane which scared it for about a minute.
I put a sewing box on the ledge and hey - it stopped! Seems the bird is scared of sewing...
I was just thinking I had it, when after five minutes of peace it started again
I know it's scared of cameras because every time I try to film it, it stops.

It's getting so I don't like birds anymore, all I can hear in my head is flutter flutter flutter and I want to cover my ears and curl up into a ball moaning 'make it stop! make it stop!', like someone who's been locked in an aviary at the zoo for a week - with thirty nasal pre school children with high pitched voices calling for their mother.

Daphne Du Maurier had a cat bird hitting her bedroom window every morning - that's why she wrote 'The (Cat) Birds'.

Other well known people who have had cat bird mornings are...

Mary Shelley - Quote: 'It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow red eye of the creature cat bird open'. From Frankenstein.
Paul McCartney - 'Black Catbird singing in the dead of night...'
Agatha Christie - She wrote 'The (Cat) Bird with the Broken Wing' in 1930.
Charles Darwin - He just did, you can tell.
Tennessee Williams - He wrote 'Cat (bird) on a Hot Tin Roof'
and Carol King- which is why she wrote 'You've Got a Friend' - she wrote that for a friend who had the same problem with cat birds...


  1. Had lots of cats birds at our last house but they just eat the grapes. Maybe your bird can see something it thinks it can eat, a Julie delight..

  2. Ha ha ha! except that I'm not very delightful at six in the morning...


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