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    JesseCW

    of the kills are very young birds.  Most birds are lucky if 20% make it to adult no matter what.  Feral cats live in urban areas and hunt urban birds that were not common in the past such as grey cat birds and mockingbirds.

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      Kevskos

      hard - and house sparrows non-native and they're hell on bluebirds.

      A small percentage of cats are "good birders".  They master the technique. Most don't, and if they chance to get a bird it's one already injured by a raptor or a nestling that fell.

      That's one interesting result of the Georgia University/National Geographic study I cited elsewhere.

      A far bigger concern in North America is actually cats directly predating a variety of endangered lizards, but there is no American Lizard Conservancy.

      "I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy." Michel de Montaigne

      by JesseCW on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 09:46:14 AM PST

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