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Old Saturday 21st July 2007, 12:23   #1
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Unhappy Catbird Harrassment

Is it our imagination or are the catbirds in our yard following us around just to yell at us? When I am inside they generally hang around some bushes and a tree on one end of the yard. If I'm out there? They are suddenly hanging around in the tree on the other end of the yard (where I'm walking), they are hanging around in the pine trees in the back (where I'm walking). They are in whatever tree or bush I am near yelling at me the whole time. Originally I thought perhaps they were protecting a nest in one of the bushes - but after following me around I'm thinking its plain harrassment. Are they known for this and what can I do??

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Old Saturday 21st July 2007, 12:32   #2
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Hello there and a warm welcome to you from those of us on staff here at BirdForum

As Catbirds are not normally aggressive and moreso secretive, I have to assume that they have young birds in the nest who have or are about to fledge. At this stage, the fledgling will be on the ground most times and the parents will do what nature intends for them to do and that is to protect their young. So, if you can keep disturbances to a minimum for the next couple of weeks, that would be great.
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Thank you! So, if they are protecting a fledgling they will follow me around starting from the very front left hand side of the yard to the very back left hand side? The yard is quite large. I'm sorry - I just want confirmation because it seems "keeping disturbances to a minimum" means 'not using the yard'.
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There main activity is drawing your attention away from their offspring so any kind of diversion will get them going irregardless of where the fledglings might be. Picture young children being left in the yard where there are nothing but giants. You would do anything to divert the giant's attention to yourself to keep them from the wee ones. It's temporary at best so patience is appreciated by the parents and by us actually too
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Old Sunday 22nd July 2007, 13:02   #5
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Animal lover, I am. I suppose its not for me to understand. Someone should teach the catbird stealth.

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