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Subject:  Deterring cats Date:  6/29/2006  1:49 PM
Author:  them Number:  2706 of 4108

We have a Bewick's wren that has nested in a defunct newspaper box (the old-fashioned type that used to go alongside your mailbox) on our side porch. It was there last year and returned this year, and hearing the little babies cheep just outside is worth the hassle of trying to avoid using the side door until they fledge.

Unfortunately, an unknown cat appears to have discovered them. The nest is in the back of the box, and there was actually a garden hoe in front of it. We discovered the problem when we came home to find the hoe on the ground (I don't think the wren pushed it out!), and have since confirmed seeing a cat lurking about. The box is unpleasantly accessible.. what has saved them so far I think is that cat arms aren't long enough to reach the back.

Any ideas on how to protect the wren and her little ones?
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