May 27 2014
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, songbirds often harass predators during the nesting season. I’ve seen chickadees harass blue jays and red-winged blackbirds dive-bomb red-tailed hawks but it’s a rare day that any bird takes on a cat.
In these two videos magpies triumph.
Above, a European magpie pushes the envelope with a flea-bitten cat. Fortunately he knows when to fly out of the way. Notice that the cooing Eurasian collared dove and cheep-ing house sparrow in the background are not participating.
In the silent video below, two black-billed magpies roust a Maine coon, the largest domestic cat. The person who posted the video wrote: “Our cat “Sweetie Pie” is a large Maine Coon cat that often catches birds, but this morning, two Magpies attacked her as she relaxed on the sidewalk. You can see the Magpies actually pecking at her fur!” It was a minor victory considering how many birds the cat has probably killed.
My cat Emmalina would be disgusted if she could read this statement … but … I think magpies are smarter than cats.
p.s. Keep your cats indoors. I do.
(videos from YouTube)