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Shadow Sighting
     As I walked home tonight, I saw the little shadow, and I was so pleased.
     I'd worried about him this morning, when I went over and noticed that the bowl in which we'd placed some cat food was gone. (Yeah, someone stole a kibble-filled bowl. Such an attractive trait in a person.) I poured more food on the ground where the bowl had been, and refilled the water bowl we'd left there. I was glad no one took that, because it was up in the 90s today.
    By this evening, the water bowl was so far inside the building fence that I couldn't reach it, but it was full of water. The bowl had to have been moved, because the dirt on which I'd placed it had all been ploughed up by the workers landscaping the apartment gut job that has been the shadow's stomping ground. My guess is that one of the workers may have decided to keep the little guy hydrated. So that's a good thing.
    And he was there tonight. I still had about two thirds of the sandwich bag of cat food, so I gave it to him. And went home feeling a bit better. He's still alive!

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britgeekgrrl
Jul. 31st, 2008 08:01 am (UTC)
Yay! Thank you for the update! Keep 'em coming and good luck!!
kaffyr
Jul. 31st, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, his sighting was about the best thing that happened yesterday; I'll be heading out sometime today to check again, and to try to replenish the food.
mjlayman
Jul. 31st, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it!
kaffyr
Aug. 1st, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)
Saw him again tonight, petted him, gave him more food. Will continue the campaign to Bring Him Home tomorrow.
mjlayman
Aug. 1st, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Oh good!

I'm afraid I have a damaged house finch fledgling. It's not afraid of anything (the squirrel got eye to eye with it), it's much smaller than the others, and it isn't eating and the adults aren't feeding it. They're planning to let it die (birds do that with fledglings that won't be able to live on their own). I'm wondering if I can get close enough to just wring its little neck, which would be less pain than being eaten by a predator or starving to death.
kaffyr
Aug. 2nd, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry that you have to consider doing that, but I understand, and respect you for being able to. I wouldn't have been capable.
mjlayman
Aug. 2nd, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
It's the fifth house finch fledgling I've had like that over the years here and when I realized that a cat got the first one without any resistance, I started killing them when I could. So far today it was out only with other birds, but I'm watching to see if it comes out alone like yesterday. I'm not happy about it, and I wouldn't do it to a thinking being, but the house finches operate on instinct and I'd rather it didn't hurt as much when it dies.

It's probably easier for me because we trapped squirrels growing up, for dinner for a few years before Dad became an officer, and I'm used to dispatching animals.
kaffyr
Aug. 3rd, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Bob tells me that squirrel can taste good, as long as you don't have too much shot in it. And the history of my family includes the story of how my grandfather chased a wounded duck across the dykes down behind our home town of Wolfville, catching it with his bare hands and bringing it home so that Nana, Mom and Aunt Peggy would have meat on the table.
mjlayman
Aug. 3rd, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
There's no shot when you snare squirrels! I haven't seen the fledgling for a day and a half, and I've seen the rest of this batch, so I think maybe it's dead. I noticed it had a ridge on the back of its neck, and I wonder if that had to do with the damage.
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