A belated gift

Monday, 14 February 2011

We’ve been having work done in the garden to make it a good exploring place. As this involved having a whole tree dragged through the house, we had to move the sofa out the way.

At which point, nearly two months after he died, Sébastian gave us a parting gift. A mummified mouse corpse. It was brittle.

Sébastian’s kill count

  • Rodents:
    Rats – 3
    Mice – 54 55
    Voles –12
     
  • Birds:
    Sparrows – 5
    Dunnocks – 1
    Robin – 1
    Ringed (or other) pigeon – 4
    Blackbird – 1
    Wren – 1
    Uncertain – 11
     
  • Other:
    Frogs – 1
    Unidentifiable remains – 3
     

I miss my mouser. But I don’t miss the corpses.

Wren will I see you again?

Friday, 17 September 2010

A new entry today, as Sébastian left a wren – intact – on the rug.

Sébastian’s kill count

  • Rodents:
    Rats – 3
    Mice – 54
    Voles –12
     
  • Birds:
    Sparrows – 5
    Dunnocks – 1
    Robin – 1
    Ringed (or other) pigeon – 4
    Blackbird – 1
    Wren – 1
    Uncertain – 11
     
  • Other:
    Frogs – 1
    Unidentifiable remains – 3
     

The Headless Hors— Bird

Sunday, 18 July 2010

I was watching TV. I’m doing that a lot, being unable to do much else besides read or sew while I wait for this baby to get on with it. Too long on a PC chair and I get aches.

Anyway, I was watching TV when Séba hurried in and dropped a headless bird corpse on the rug. As I’m not allowed to touch such things at the moment, I couldn’t get it off him and identify it. But it was big, brown and speckled. And headless.

The Chap chased him back outside and reported hearing crunching from the shrubbery.

Sébastian’s kill count

  • Rodents:
    Rats – 3
    Mice – 54
    Voles –12
     
  • Birds:
    Sparrows – 5
    Dunnocks – 1
    Robin – 1
    Ringed (or other) pigeon – 4
    Blackbird – 1
    Uncertain – 10 11
     
  • Other:
    Frogs – 1
    Unidentifiable remains – 3
     

Blackbird singing in the dead of night

Thursday, 15 July 2010

I think there are a couple pairs of blackbirds nesting in the rapidly collapsing shed. There’s definitely a pair that go completely nuts with the alarm call whenever the cat goes too close. I love blackbirds for their looks and songs at dusk.

And this is a favourite Beatles’ track as well.

Unfortunately, I think the cat got in as this morning there were black feathers on the lounge rug and a smug cat on the sofa.

Sébastian’s kill count

  • Rodents:
    Rats – 3
    Mice – 53 54
    Voles –12
     
  • Birds:
    Sparrows – 5
    Dunnocks – 1
    Robin – 1
    Ringed (or other) pigeon – 4
    Blackbird – 1
    Uncertain – 10
     
  • Other:
    Frogs – 1
    Unidentifiable remains – 3
     

One in the mouth is worth two in the paws

Monday, 3 May 2010

Actually, it only comes to a total of two since the last update. One was found by the food bowl, so the Chap learnt the fine art of “poking it with a stick to make sure it’s dead”. The other was pounced on by the fireplace, followed by growling and a refusal to give up the still-moving toy. We convinced him to at least go out into the garden with it.

Sébastian’s kill count

  • Rodents:
    Rats – 3
    Mice – 51 53
    Voles –12
     
  • Birds:
    Sparrows – 5
    Dunnocks – 1
    Robin – 1
    Ringed (or other) pigeon – 4
    Uncertain – 10
     
  • Other:
    Frogs – 1
    Unidentifiable remains – 3
     

April Fools

Thursday, 1 April 2010

I came downstairs this morning to find a mess of snowy, downy feather in the back half of the lounge. Uh-oh. No sign of any remains though, so I went to the front of the lounge, in front of the sofa, in order to open the blinds. Ah…

April Fools! He’d not eaten everything and just left a few feathers. Oh no, today’s lovely gift from Sébastian was a wood pigeon. Maybe. It’s very hard to tell from one semi-intact wing and the feet. But the size and the feet strongly suggest pigeon and we have more wood pigeons than urban flying rats around here.

Sébastian’s kill count

  • Rodents:
    Rats – 3
    Mice – 51
    Voles –12
     
  • Birds:
    Sparrows – 5
    Dunnocks – 1
    Robin – 1
    Ringed (or other) pigeon – 3 4
    Uncertain – 10
     
  • Other:
    Frogs – 1
    Unidentifiable remains – 3
     

There’ve been three new cats in the gardens recently: ‘strange cat’ and Pru belong to next door, and ‘two collars’ who belongs who knows where. ‘Two collars’ looks very like ‘strange cat’ but my neighbours tell me it is a different larger tom cat who kept trying to make special friends with Pru. It wears two collars. Obviously. So I suspect Séba’s bringing kills into the house in order to finish them without having to argue with ‘strange cat’ or ‘two collars’. That makes me think the actual kill count may be much higher.

The other week the Chap thought my amazing ornithology skills (i.e. recognising very common birds) meant I knew more about birds than I do. What’s the proper name of common pigeons, I was asked. My responses included ‘flying rats’, ‘London pigeons’, ‘vile things’ and, eventually, “I dunno, I think it’s the rock pigeon.” And it is! And I didn’t even cheat and use the Observer Book of Birds to check…


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