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April 22, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Annoying Mucha-dews and scheming birds

Have they gone insane, you ask?

But no. Simply Mucha-dew. It will pass.

Sit here, and – SIT. Look, a dog can do it, so at least make an attempt.

Now, was that hard?

(GoodnessNo wonder their young need twelve years of boxing.)

Dove building nest on a balcony (All rights reserved. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted

Evicting hard-working birds is not on the RC Cat approved Mucha-Dew List. ©

What? Why are we cowering on the floor under the window? Dunderhead!

(And We thought to find amusing conversation.)

The tile is cool on such a humid sultry day.

And besides that intimidating bird can’t see Us.

Speaking of birds, inch your head up and peek out the window to see if it’s still out there.

Earlier as we meditating over the Outer Realm through an open window, a giant Mockingbird hit the window sill with such force that the wind generated blew Us completely off the window seat.

Yes, a strong cat moving blast. You cannot possibly be suggesting We dove for cover? We thought not.

Perhaps Staff spoke true. The screens are to keep intruders out and designed to thwart Our manic breaks for freedom to prevent Us from rolling outside while slumbering pressed up against the cool mesh to experience the breeze.

Bird free? Ah, good. We shall relocate to the more comfy window seat. 

The Dragon.Сергей Панасенко-Михалкин(

“It looked like this. Exact image of the cat blasting bird.” (Сергей Панасенко-Михалкин/

We can smirk over Staff and their Mucha-dews.  

We are weary of all the shouting of “So Mucha-dew before it gets hot and the mosquitoes hatch.”

Odd festival. Maybe it’s an ancient ritual that they do not even understand the origins of now.

All rights reserved. Cat in window. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted

“One of the Mucha-dew rituals seems to be splashing great amounts of water on windows. Which seems like a waste of resources considering all the rain. But We shall closely observe the odd bubbling water ritual.”©

Mucha-dew involves great deal of frantic outdoor activity:

  • Mucha-dew some sacks of pulverized cedar wood around plants. (Obscure purpose. Is it an attempt to apply a deodorant to the earth’s soggy armpit? The cedar smell is lovely, but not long-lasting. Cedar spreading appears to be a one-act play with a limited run. Staff often displays ADHD tendencies.)
  • Mucha-dew trimming of  bushes against the house. (Bush whacking pleases Us. We scramble from window to window to supervise. If Staff cannot see Our scowling encouraging face, then more of the window surface must be cleared or We cannot enjoy any contests.  Humans have their games on smart phones, and We have Our “Swat the bug” or “Herd the lizard” games on window panes.)
  •  One futile Mucha-dew is the glass door muddy paw print removal. As long as there is mud and dog, there shall be earth patterned designs on doors. (“Sometime is it important to roll with it, ” says the dog. We despair of that logic.)
  • The grand finale Mucha-dew seems to be a stately evenly paced parade in parallel lines back and forth across the grass pushing a small two-wheeled device which spins some sort of tiny confetti like a flower girl in a wedding. There is much joy from Staff if this parade is followed immediately by a rain shower.

We know. We are so benevolent with Staff’s comical ceremonies.

fresh mulched flowerbed. ALl rights reserved/NO permissions granted/Copy righted

“Will they now waltz around the freshly mulched flowerbed like a Maypole dance?” ©

This year We tried to participate with Our own Mucha-dew request.

It was a simple one: A hawk nest.

We did not appreciate a lack of enthusiasm.

We are benevolent!

A Resident Hawk would provide aerobic exercise for any outdoor mice.

And the hummingbird world would be all a flutter.

Hummingbirds’ tiny open nests with their tiny eggs are easily raided by blue jays, large birds, and squirrels.

Ages ago, by some treaty, the hawks offered the humming birds protection from the hungry bullies. (Truth be told, eating hummingbird eggs was just too little reward for the effort required by a hawk. But over time, perhaps hummingbird protection became a hawk honor and tradition rather than a dietary choice. )

Grateful, the little birds often settle close to their big brothers.

While humming birds totally ignore Staff’s feeder, they are enchanted by the Lantana outside this window.

(No surprise. Who doesn’t prefer eating local and organic unprocessed food choices? So near the window. So near….so lovely to graze gaze upon.)

Housing a hawk makes perfect sense.

Rainbow against stormy sky. NO permissions granted. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted

“Now there’s a festive touch for Mucha-dew.”©

Oh my. Our visitor is so soothed by Our lovely window, wafting breeze, and lovely tales they are dozing in meditation.

(If We can just get this human lump to roll a bit more against the window screen. Pushing against it a little harder…Oh, yuck, drool. Human drool on Our fur! What is a bit of unpleasantness if We manage to sneak out tour Our Outer Realm?)

Nothing to see here.

The rest of you are dismissed. Go on about your lives.

Audience over.


The paw is waving!



And don’t forget to leave a can of cat food in the doorway as tribute

I am RC Cat and I approve this message.


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  1. easyweimaraner / Apr 22 2015 4:52 pm

    I would like a hawk in my back yard… but I’m afraid then our chickens would do Aerobics with the mice :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2015 5:33 pm

      RC Cat: “Wonder if the chickens would end up with meatier wings and drumsticks? Will the chicks insist on leg warmers and sweat bands on their heads? You may be right – idea might not fly in your backyard. We approve of your analysis and send a grateful paw wave.”


  2. Seumas Gallacher / Apr 22 2015 5:14 pm

    meeeeaaaqiooowww! 🙂


  3. Paul / Apr 22 2015 5:33 pm

    Oh RC Cat, those humans have such strange rituals. I’m human and I have a hard time keeping up. Your staff takes excellent photos – I can only hope that their daily offerings of food to your highness is as excellent as their photos. I recognize that first bird picture – it is what we call a turtle dove or love bird. Here they mate for life and can almost always be found in pairs. They have a deep “coo” that they use to call to each other. There was a pair in our neighborhood that were a delight to watch. Then one morning i was on my way to work at 5:30 am when the roads were deserted.I lived in a subdivision and just two streets over was a main 4-lane road. As I traversed that road on my way to work I saw something moving in the road ahead. I slowed as I approached and realized that it was one of the love birds. The other had been hit by a car and was lying in the road while the living bird circled and keep touching the dead one as if to wake her up or nudge her along. It was so sad RC, I cried. I tried to make the bird move by blowing the horn but it would not stop circling its mate. i drove to the other side of the road to go around.

    Anyway, thanks so much for the Mucha-Dew update RC. I shall leave an open tin of tuna at the door for you. if i see any hawks who are looking for a home, I shall steer them your way.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 23 2015 8:04 pm

      RC Cat: “Reroute the hawks! We have great concern for their welfare locally at this time – possible tainted meat. The neighborhood dovies were annoyed at the suggestion anyway. We must admit dovies’ early morning coos are enchanting when we sit in the window sniffing the breezes. We’ve watch several generations take wing – descendants from the original “Cat Meat Baby” and his lovely wife. The name? A long story with a couple of follow-ups..
      They are very sweet birds…although some call them the “cows of the sky.”
      Today the tuna is very much appreciate. Quite a day. A weary salute to a friend of all great and small!”


      • Paul / Apr 23 2015 8:28 pm

        I went and read the older post Phil. It does seem as if doves are too fragile to survive doesn’t it? We had a black cat – Shadow – who was an amazing hunter. He wasn’t too bright but he could find a way to hunt anything. Our neighbors installed a bird feeder on the railing of their deck – which was about 3 feet above the yard. There were a number of white doves that came and ate there regularly. One Sunday morning the owner was sitting on her deck with a cup of tea watching her white doves in delight, when Shadow jumped from the ground and grabbed a dove that was sitting on the feeder and disappeared from view in a cloud of feathers. Oh Lordy. The screaming and crying that ensued. Apparently our devil cat had eaten the dove of peace and we were responsible – hence we must be a den of evil. Sigh.

        I had to go to the vet’s and get some expensive spray that was supposed to keep cats away from houses and such. I apologized profusely and gave the spray as a gift and then gave Shadow a lecture. I don’t think he got much of my lecture.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 23 2015 10:57 pm

          What a story! Appreciate the smiles. Shadow knew what he was about…and was probably smug for years about it. (Once was enough…spray or no spray, he didn’t need to repeat to show his skills.) Molly and the German both love to watch birds and will sit outside with doves, sparrows, cardinals perched all around…but let a squirrel show up and it’s dogs on duty!
          Great story, Paul. You really tell them well.(and I will wander over to your post(s) – a bit nuts here. The German returned as she was feeling poorly over the weekend – running all sorts of tests and waiting for results. if it’s not one thing…your stories always bring a smile!)

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  4. roughseasinthemed / Apr 22 2015 6:00 pm

    Mucha Sun here. Although sometimes still Mucha Con Den Sation on the windows in the morning. That could be similar to Mucha Dew.

    Of course the most important Mucha Dews are going out, eating, barking for treats, and barking at anything really (these last from Snowy, obviously)

    It’s all mucha dews about nothing though isn’t it?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2015 8:44 pm

      RC Cat, “Oh, a delighted cheek pat for your last line. We were afraid it wouldn’t be noticed. No doubt Prince Pippa pawed it to attention. Snowy likely too enthralled with barking at that Mucha Con Den Sation. We would chat more, but there is Mucha-dew about the German who has arrived with terribly unhappy tummy condition caused by some mystery. Staff ignores Us when We say it is a plot between paws. If Staff starts cooking chicken broth as remedy, We must insist on a royal share. A quick salute to your Realm in thanks.”


      • roughseasinthemed / Apr 22 2015 8:59 pm

        We thought we were reading too much into the Sit U Ation (sit, you, Snowy, for your treats). If no one else had noticed maybe we read too much into it. Maybe we just read too much.

        We hope the German’s tummy prob is quickly sorted. We love the German.

        Thank you RC. Snowy sends you a regal wave from pharoah land (he keeps reading up on his ancestry and wishes it to be known he is of royal descent, and a hunter (of toast) par excellence.

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  5. dogear6 / Apr 22 2015 6:04 pm

    Yes indeed, it is futile to clean paw prints off the back door. Same thing with dog nose art.

    I’m glad you’re there to keep the staff in line. What would they do without you, RC?



  6. Kourtney Heintz / Apr 22 2015 9:20 pm

    I think hawks are majestic, but I’m always afraid they will swoop in and steal my little shih-tzu. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 23 2015 8:10 pm

      RC Cat: “Some of the larger hawks that winter here might be a little too much of a concern. Out of loyalty to those who choose to dwell in Our Outer Realm, We do station Ourselves in the window and do puff up to combat size – and mutter “trash talk” loudly to any hawk who decides to lounge on Our border fence. It is the duty of the RC of the Realm to defend those who look like lunch. A soft paw wave of encouragement to your realm!”


  7. Kate Crimmins / Apr 22 2015 9:56 pm

    Oh my! Another round of trying to make sense out of human antics.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 23 2015 8:17 pm

      RC Cat: “We have suggested that a few more years of boxing might benefit human young, but Staff says that has been tried and the outcome was costly and questionable. Not sure if We should trust Staff’s analysis, though.A cheery paw wave for finding the humor of the Mucha-dews.”

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  8. reneejohnsonwrites / Apr 23 2015 12:29 am

    Hawks protect hummingbirds? How wonderful! I love both and we have plenty of them in my area.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 23 2015 8:19 pm

      RC Cat: “Either the hawks are protecting the tiny nests – or using them to lure hungry birds to neighborhood for lunch. Bird brains. One never knows. A hurried paw wave for you to catch between hummingbird sightings!”

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  9. Littlesundog / Apr 23 2015 3:16 am

    We have many hawks here… and I have seen them snag up a hummingbird in mid flight… not to mention killing many Mourning and Eurasian Collared Doves. Still, I love their majestic flight and mating calls.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 23 2015 8:23 pm

      RC Cat: “We knew it. Hawks are offering pleasant protected nesting zones for hummingbird so they can snag a little hors d’oeuvres on the wing – or fast food snack in flight. We shall warn the midgets – if only they would come closer to the screen…closer…closer. Oh, distracted by dovie coos. Well, music worthy of an enchanted garden. We award a soft cheek pat for sharing enjoyment of the dovie chorus.”


  10. angelswhisper2011 / Apr 23 2015 8:28 am

    There’s no room for a hawk in our garden, RC Cat. It might drive our doves and blackbirds and blue tits…*mumbles* and me…out of our garden 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Thursday 🙂 ❤


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 23 2015 8:29 pm

      RC Cat: “Oh, cheery paw waves! We did not approve of hawks at Our old Realm when I was very tiny and Olde Tiger was the RC Cat. He would scowl them away from the open roof atrium where the Australian Rex bunny and the abandoned school guinea pig lived. Olde Tiger would sit on the deck outside watching, but he said I was much too little to be safe outdoors…and I tended to climb to the top of the closest tree – to get a better view of Olde Tiger’s techniques! He didn’t believe that either. Hope your realm is snug and cozy. We had a scare with the Molly this morning (next post), but she is resting now. Paws up in friendship, Binky. We are so glad you came to chat!”

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  11. marthaschaefer / Apr 23 2015 11:48 am

    Have missed your musings RC! Glad you have the situation under control down there. I wanted to ask Phil to look into two interesting recent animal news stories: Cows loose at the Mall of NH and pet birds save themselves in a house fire by calling the firemen to where they were caged. Strange news all around…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 23 2015 8:37 pm

      RC Cat: “Oh, yes! Staff showed Us those wise little birds shouting at firemen! Not such a birdbrained pair.We must look for the cow – if they haven’t moooved on. (You don’t think they were emboldened by those Chick-fi-A bovines who seem to have hooves in both the cow world and the human one?) So many enchanting stories – so little time…We only allow Staff a small bit of free time. It is a kindness. They would only get into trouble…and not get my dinners ready on time. We are sending a soft ankle twirl for sending us such amusing tails.”

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  12. aFrankAngle / Apr 23 2015 12:21 pm

    RC … as you know, humans are only for amusement and food. Nice rainbow (which isn’t human made).


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 23 2015 9:12 pm

      RC Cat: “Sometimes We are reminded humans were put here for several purposes. Managing the vehicle of motion and opening food cans. Rainbows make all pause and appreciate.A perky paw salute to you, my friend.”


      • aFrankAngle / Apr 24 2015 1:18 am

        RC … if humans only knew more.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2015 8:43 pm

          RC Cat: “and would admit when they don’t. No shame in that. Opportunity. A pleased whisker fan salute. I know. So rare, it is overwhelming. But sometimes deserved.”


        • aFrankAngle / Apr 26 2015 3:04 am

          Wow … I’m honored to receive the pleased whisker fan salute!


  13. jannatwrites / May 3 2015 5:39 am

    Had to laugh at the vacating of the window seat… of course RC cat didn’t fall 🙂 And asking for a hawk’s nest.. might as well think big, haha.



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