Date: 1/28/18 8:29 am
From: Jeffrey Short <bashman...>
Subject: Re: Cat's Meow Attracts Birds?
I wasn’t aware that Bobcats produce a vocalization other than territorial or during mating.



Anyone have knowledge of “meowing/mewing” from bobcats? I would think that being quiet is the essence of surprise in hunting.



Jeff Short





From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List [mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Mitchell Pruitt
Sent: Saturday, January 27, 2018 2:42 PM
To: <ARBIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: Cat's Meow Attracts Birds?



Seems logical! Birds respond in a variety of different ways to different predators. I’ve never heard of mobbing behavior towards a cat, but it makes sense. I wonder if bobcats would illicit a similar reaction, or if size differences (prey differences) between bobcats and house cats are just enough not to worry the smaller birds? Maybe it's a behavior learned by urban birds?



I’ve seen a group of birds “escorting” a Timber Rattlesnake, but not a cat.









On Jan 27, 2018, at 1:42 PM, Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...> wrote:



But would it work in the wild? In the woods?



On Sat, Jan 27, 2018 at 12:33 PM Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:

I had never thought about that but it seems like that would generate a defense behavior in birds.



Jerry



From: Allan Mueller

Sent: Saturday, January 27, 2018 12:26 PM

To: <ARBIRD-L...>

Subject: Cat's Meow Attracts Birds?



This morning during my daily walk to get the newspaper, I found a very wet feral cat, which had attracted a small collection of birds "mobbing" it (Downy, Cardinal, Titmouse, Chickadee, Sapsucker). Has anyone ever played a cat's meow to attract birds?



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