The Return of the Egret

When we moved into our current home almost two years ago, an egret would show up every afternoon expecting to be fed. I assumed the previous resident had fed the bird and I felt bad letting him (I will assume it is male for this writing) go hungry, but we typically don’t have meat suitable for birds lying around the house. I tried giving him cat food but that was a no-go. We did buy hot dogs for him once but we are not always home and didn’t want the bird to become dependent on us so we stopped feeding him when the dogs were gone. Soon he only came around occasionally and then not at all.

That changed the other day when he showed up at our back door looking for food. I’m not sure what changed but he apparently has a long memory.

egretAgain we had no food for him. Rose wanted me to throw him some cheese but I didn’t think that was a good idea, partially because the cats were very interested in him and opening the door would have been difficult with two bad cats and Puck wanting to run out.

Cats and egretbad cat chris watching egret Eventually he got the hint and went away. I felt very bad not giving him anything but I think it would be better if I teach him how to fish.


22 thoughts on “The Return of the Egret

  1. catfromhell

    Wow! We agree with you though. We don’t have a bird feeder as our cats go out and we don’t want to create a kitty diner! It always feels so mean, but is better for them (the wild birds) in the long run.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      We are lucky to live where we are. There are many beautiful birds here. I especially like the ospreys. I also like to watch the pelicans glide inches above the water.

  2. Fozziemum

    I agree we never feed the birds here…we get lots as we put water out for them..they look for water more than food..since we moved her we have counted 52 different species and this includes an Egret that I spotted standing on the branch of a gum tree looking at the dam waiting to catch a yabby..funniest thing to the pics..bird tv is always great for the cats! hugs Fozziemum

  3. kittiesblue

    OMC, that is the very bestest bird TV ever! XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo


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