One of the nicest gifts you can give the birds in your yard won’t cost you a dime. It’s a brush pile. While we might like to think that birds can eat safely at our backyard feeders, the birds we feed are in turn are often eaten by predators who come to feeders to find them. Brush piles give birds a quick place to flee when a hawk soars through the feeder area or a neighborhood cat saunters by.
I have several birdbaths in my yard year-round. Several are right on the ground or very close to the ground. While birds seem to love these low and ground birdbaths, neighborhood cats see them as an opportunity to hunt. To keep cats out of the birdbaths, I have two strategies: 1) Set up a simple “all natural” birdbath defense for the low birdbaths and 2) Get birdbaths up away from cat hiding spots. It is working very well.