Yes, to protect tanager babies, or something like that. I’m scarcely on a campaign, having only loosed four or five rounds over the last 15 years, mostly hoping to drive them off. I didn’t convince myself of anything, I just got flustered when they mobbed the feeder and started shooting. I couldn’t image your family shooting cowbirds, but I am glad to hear your thoughts on the matter. Your mom feeds corn, I think, to birds. Does she continue when the cowbirds arrive?

It must be nice to be at peace. Maybe you don’t even have to battle mice or rats. I pretty sure our gently run prison camp of chickens and, I’m sorry to say, horses, who scarcely seem to have any natural allies, has really promoted the mice and rat populations around here.