'Chirp chirp !' - or Puffy and the sparrows

by Heike June. 18, 2019 1110 views

Saturday morning, beautiful weather, I had my morning coffee on the balcony and Puffy, the neighbour cat, was snoozing on the chair next to me. While I was reading, I heard a little 'plop' from direction garage roof, which is near to my balcony. It's a flat roof and beside are several trees and bushes, where hunderts of birds (95% sparrows) are living. Puffy was wide awake immediately, jumped off the chair and on the roof. (I'm always amazed, how cats and dogs can be awake in a millisecond, if they hear special noises.) Than all hell broke loose... When I looked up, Puffy's head was surrounded by 5 or 6 upset sparrows, who scolded him angrily. I had to laugh out loud about his facial expression. It was an incredulous : WtF is happening here??

The 'plop' was the noise of a little sparrow fledgling, who made his first flight attempts. Unfortunately he had a bit rough landing on the roof, which can be easily reached by cats... But Puffy was totally irritaded by all the birds around his head and their nagging, he just sat there, doing nothing, except looking distraught. So luckily the little fledgling could escape. As soon as he was safe, the courageous sparrow-gang disappeared into the trees and the bushes nearby. I'm sure they were high-fiving each other...Puffy also disappeared somewhere into the bushes, I think, he had to reflect with a little nap, what just happend. Being outwitted by a nasty little sparrow-gang bruised his ego...This whole scene had a bit of a comic like Tweety and Sylvester. I wish I had my camera outside when the sparrows attacked Puffy, but unfortunately it was inside. The photos from Puffy in this post I made a few days before.

Hunting instincts - Puffy on the garage-roof

Hunting instincts - Puffy on the garage-roof

Cat's balance is controlled via the inner ear

Cat's balance is controlled via the inner ear

The moment before he jumps on my balcony. He could have it easier, the balcony is on one side on the groundfloor, but sometimes he prefers the balanceact and the jump. I think he is doing it, just because he can. :)

The moment before he jumps on my balcony. He could have it easier, the balcony is on one side on the groundfloor, but sometimes he prefers the balanceact and the jump. I think he is doing it, just because he can. :)

15 minutes later I again heard a 'plop'... and an excited 'chirp, chirp'. This time the little flight-student was hanging outside on my balcony textil-privacy fence. I only saw his shadow. The mother was sitting on the garage roof and yelled: "Fly to the tree on the left side!!" The little flight-student yelled back: "I can't mum. I'm too afraid! I will crash down!" Mum (a bit inspired by Obama): "Yes you can!!" (You know, sparrows are principally democrats.) 😀 After a long conversation between both, the little flight-student finally got it to the tree. But he landed on a branch which was only 1 1/2 meters from the ground. For cats no problem...I think that was, what mum tried to explain him. But he was too exhausted and too afraid, it seemed to me, he planned to stay there for the next few months. Mum was meanwhile sitting in a higher part of the tree and tried to motivate him, to fly up to her. After watching him a while, I carefully left my seat und went inside to grab my camera. When I came back he was still on the same place, discussing with his mum. I sat down again, I didn't want to worry them - and apart from that, I was sure somewhere in the bushes the 'nasty' sparrow-gang was lurking, ready to knock me down, if necessary. 😰 So all my movement was very very slow and carefull. Below are the cutest shots I got of him. (Fortunately, Puffy was not there at the time.)

"Hey giant, you don't have any worms around here,do you???"

"Hey giant, you don't have any worms around here,do you???"

"Muuuuummmm, I'm hungry!!!!"  Voice-Off (or better Chirp-off):"Then fly up to me"  ...Mum's can be so mean... :-)

"Muuuuummmm, I'm hungry!!!!" Voice-Off (or better Chirp-off):"Then fly up to me" ...Mum's can be so mean... :-)

 'Why does she wants me to fly? I have two legs...hm maybe the giant over there could adopt me??'

'Why does she wants me to fly? I have two legs...hm maybe the giant over there could adopt me??'

'Or maybe if I wait a few hours, mum has some pity with me and feed me?'

'Or maybe if I wait a few hours, mum has some pity with me and feed me?'

'Ok, every challenge is a gift in disguise - and I urgently need a worm! This whole flying thing can't be so difficult. I can manage it. Mum I'm coming! ...Bye bye giant!!'

'Ok, every challenge is a gift in disguise - and I urgently need a worm! This whole flying thing can't be so difficult. I can manage it. Mum I'm coming! ...Bye bye giant!!'

I have no photos from the moment he was starting to fly up. I didn't want to frighten him even more than he already was. It was a kind of 'fly-jump-fly' procedure, he was still far away from being a virtuoso aviator, but finally he managed it up to his mum. I hope he makes it through this difficult phase of his life and that he, in the next years, is always pooping on the car of that special neighbour I don't like! 😈

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Sanyog Patial 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Wonderful photographs! loved all of them!

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Heike Replied to Sanyog Patial 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much Sanyog! Glad you liked them!

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Ho Kim 8 months, 2 weeks ago

What a story! And you are quite a talented story teller, indeed. I just felt like things were happening in front of my eyes. The tension in the eyes and muscles of Puffy(pic #1) is so vivid as to put me into the story. The shots of the sparrow is so lively as well. It's fortunate for all of us that you don't have both Puffy and sparrow in a single frame. smile  
Years ago when I was in Ludvigshafen (for a business trip), I found some chestnuts fell on the ground. When I was about to peel the skin off to eat it, my German colleagues stop me eating it. Though it looks the same as Korean chest nut, it should be different. The sparrow looks different in the similar manner., though they share the same name. I could have a short trip to your garden with your help. Thank you. smile

8 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Heike Replied to Ho Kim 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you Ho, you are too kind! I was thinking about this chestnut...There are two different species in Europe.
The simple one, in English "Horse chestnut"  and another, what we call "Esskastanie" or Marone. Only the Marone can be eaten. I only know them roasted, I never tried a raw one. In the cities you ususally find the Horse chestnut. I think you get heavy problems with your stomach, if you eat it. smile
So you have been in Ludwigshafen...Sorry but now I'm curious. Are you working for the Korea Foundation?

8 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Ho Kim Replied to Heike 8 months ago

Now I see. In Korea we have two different chestnuts, too but both of them are edible. So I thought all the chestnuts are edible, what a simple analogy...smile  Just after the graduation of engineering school to get master's degree(after BS), I started my carrier in Hyundai-Kia motors' R&D, mostly car body design department. And I worked for BASF for 10 years - also worked for car OEM customers. After a short period of working in an American engineering company, I started working as a free lancer - self employed job - but still working for the same customers and same job.smile  As I mostly work from home, I have sufficient time to travel around and take pictures. I love my job. I sometimes got confused whether my job is an occupation or or a hobby...

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Olga Helys 9 months, 2 weeks ago

#5 #1GREAT

9 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Heike Replied to Olga Helys 9 months, 2 weeks ago

smile Thank you dear Olga!

9 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Excellent photos of both cat and bird. The story was very entertaining. 
I especially liked your storytelling: how you intertwined your own narration with anthropomorphism (applying human traits and emotions to non-human entities) I felt like I was there. 
Perhaps, because we also have a fierce sparrow gang (8-10) who hang out in our garden as well. 
They start chirp-chirping at 4.30 in the morning. 
I wish our neighbor's cat would come by more often, it's very quite when he/she is there.

9 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Heike Replied to Lee Santiva 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Anthropomorphism - wow, what a word...I'll never be able to remember that. smileGlad you like the story and the pics. Yes, this sparrow-gangs are quite loud and very early up and to be honest they aren't the most melodic singers, but in wintertime I often miss their morning concert.

9 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Lee Santiva 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Quiet. Stupid autocorrect

9 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Greg Blaney 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Heike, not only are you a great photographer but also an author! Your post was entertaining and I very much enjoyed reading it. Such a cute little guy - I'm glad that Puffy never had him/her for breakfast. Your Puffy shots are excellent. He looks like a lion on the hunt.

9 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Heike Replied to Greg Blaney 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much Greg, I'm pleased to have entertained you! The whole time, the little sparrow sat on that tree, I was afraid Puffy could come back, so I placed a spray bottle with water beside me, in case he would attack the fledgling, luckily he didn't appeared. (He would hate me, if I spray him with water...)  smile

9 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Loved the photos and your commentary. A really fun read! Photo #1 is excellent, especially the way you captured those eyes.

9 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Heike Replied to Camellia Staab 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Camellia, glad you liked it. I'm always happy, that Puffy gives me so many different poses, he is a very good model! smile

9 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Lovely series & story!

9 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Heike Replied to Jay Boggess 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Jay! Happy you liked them!

9 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Sherry Hill 9 months, 3 weeks ago

great photos and commentary.. :)
Puffy looks great in b/w,, 
i really like the foliage in your sparrow shots, especially the foreground leaves.. makes for an artsy shot..

9 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Heike Replied to Sherry Hill 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Sherry. I wasn't sure how it would look to have the foliage in the foreground, I didn't know that it would appear so translucent. I agree it's a cool effect and gives the pics an artsy touch. smile

9 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Francesc 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Great captures

9 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Heike Replied to Francesc 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Francesc, glad you liked them.

9 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil 9 months, 3 weeks ago

So funny. Loved the whole post Heike. And great pictures too, of course. smile

9 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Antonio, it was a funny experience. (For me - not for Puffy)  smile cat

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