This Is Framingham

This Is Framingham
Life in the ‘ham

$#@% list: Jerk bird

August 14th, 2006

It started maybe 2 weeks ago, Ethan and I noticed this loud chirping from outside and didn’t think anything of it because that’s what birds do.
Then we started to notice that the loud chirping would go on for extended amounts of time. 
Next we became aware that it was only when our cat, Clyde, was outside. 
We’d see that when Clyde was sitting on the front steps, the bird would sit on the closest telephone wire and stay there chirping. If Clyde walked across the street the bird would move over to a wire or a branch across the street and continue the harassment. Anywhere Clyde went, so would the bird.

Now even if Clyde is sitting in our window, the bird comes over and starts chirping.

This isn’t a little tweetie bird chirp either, it sounds like the sharp noise a smoke detector makes when it’s battery is low. 

So, the other day Clyde was out and went around the back of the house.  Of course the bird followed him and I don’t know exactly what happened but Clyde came running from around the corner with the bird flying right next to him.  Clyde ran up the stairs to the front door and I let him in. 
He just sulked around the house for the rest of the day and when I offered for him to go out he just stood in the doorway.  Now he’ll just sit on the front step but won’t venture much further because the bird is even worse now and it will take dives at him.

Here’s a photo (with his commentary) Ethan took of the little guy we found the bird is protecting.  Cute, but it’s depressing Clyde that he can’t enjoy going outside like he used to. Too bad he’s a big wimp and won’t defend himself.

Note: I just wanted to apologize for the fact that my camera is a piece of junk.  The top photo here was the last straw, so I’m saving up for an upgrade. 


  1. birds…

    Comment by ArmlessJohn August 15, 2006 @ 3:59 am

  2. that would be a mocking bird….they used to harass my cats all the time, even attacking them by diving at them.

    Comment by Matt August 20, 2006 @ 6:45 pm

  3. We had the same thing happen with our cat. The reason the bird kept ‘stalking’ our cat was that our cat had gotten into this bird’s nest and killed the baby bird (cat’s will do that unfortunately) and these birds hold a severe grudge. A whole year the mother bird waited for our cat to come out and would swoop down and try to peck our cat’s back. Of course our cat was a brave one, as she would lay down in the road (not a busy street mind you) and when the bird would swoop down, our cat would swat at it !

    PS – new to your site, but find it very entertaining. Nice Job !

    Comment by Another Matt May 9, 2007 @ 6:54 am

  4. Poor Clyde! Yep, that’s a mockingbird. They are very aggressive. We have even more of them here in the South. Shortly after we moved into a new neighborhood, our Red Tom brought home a baby bird for lunch. We told him it was bad manners to eat the neighbors’ children, especially when you’re new to the area, but he didn’t listen. All that summer, no cat (we had five) could set paw outside the house without being dive-bombed by a squad of angry mockingbirds. They must have organized a Neighborhood Watch team or something. But things calmed down after the surviving babies were fledged and on their own.

    I enjoy this site, too. I visit whenever I get homesick for my old hometown. Keep it up!

    Comment by Catherine December 18, 2007 @ 11:42 pm

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