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.
From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List [mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Mitchell Pruitt
Sent: Saturday, January 27, 2018 2:42 PM
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.
From: Allan Mueller
Sent: Saturday, January 27, 2018 12:26 PM
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?