The project team noted this photo on facebook too. We have already put a collar with bell on this cat yesterday. Hopefully could alert birds from the cat. We will continue putting collars to cats which are approachable. However, there are cats that stay away from human and also there are cat lovers who think that collar will kill the cat and will take away the collar. We are still thinking how to solve these problems.
HKBWS Author: sdavid Time: 2/11/2017 10:34
Why not remove cats totally from LV?
Seems silly to be attracting Globally-threatened birds to a location where there are an abundance of predators? Author: derekhon2 Time: 2/11/2017 10:52
I saw a lanceolated warbler chased by a little cat in LV. Author: ajohn Time: 2/11/2017 11:58
Original posted by sdavid at 2/11/2017 10:34
Why not remove cats totally from LV?
Seems silly to be attracting Globally-threatened birds to a location where there are an abundance of predators?
I agree. There are photographs of cats catching Yellow-breasted bunting (globally Endangered) this year, and catching a Rustic Buntingg (globally Vulnerable) last year. The HKBWS/CA Management agreement at Long Valley is doing great work to make sure that farmers are growing rice to attract these buntings, but when they arrive they are at risk of being caught and killed by cats.
Removal of cats from the site seems, to me, to be a much higher conservation priority than colour-ringing the buntings in the hope of finding out about movements if they survive. Author: CWSO Time: 2/11/2017 14:48
I agree. There are photographs of cats catching Yellow-breasted bunting (globally Endangered) this year, and catching a Rustic Buntingg (globally Vulnerable) last year. The HKBWS/CA Management agree ...
For Nature Conservation, cats are really problems which should be removed. But not all the people agree with that, especially the groups who fight for animal rights. Author: HKBWS Vicky Time: 2/11/2017 17:33
Indeed most of the cats are kept by farmers who aimed to control rats. We cannot remove those cats since we are not owning/managing the whole site.
That's why we try to use other method to alert birds by putting collar with bell on cats. Author: derekhon2 Time: 2/11/2017 19:14
I saw this cat three times in "attacking mode" today from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Author: tgraham Time: 3/11/2017 07:02
I saw this recently which shows how bad domestic cats are for the environment.Its estimated they kill 1 million birds everyday in Austrailia
In the US the estimates are much higher
[ Last edited by tgraham at 3/11/2017 07:05 ] Author: wcaptain Time: 7/11/2017 14:05
Some habitat management suggestions in relation to the domestic cat problem
(1) ditch creation
Cats do not like water. A ditch (or deep water part) between pond bunds and paddy can be created so that the cat cannot jump from the pond bunds and catch birds. The ditch should be wide enough (3 to 4 m?) so that cats cannot jump across.
(2) Flooded the field when paddies are available
Same as above
(3) Planting of lemon grasses (or other irritated plants)
Cats do not like irritated smells. Plants with such smell can be planted along the edge. Their leaves can be cut to produce such smell during paddy harvesting. Lemon grasses are tough, cheap and easy to grow.
BTW, pest problem is usually associated with various aspects (food source, origin, hiding place etc) and so an integrated approach should be considered when tackling this kind of problem. Author: Jackvader Time: 7/11/2017 23:13
Saw this killer cat today patrolling in LV with bells on. Quite threatening still!
The last photo shows that the collar bell is ineffective. I am an owner of two cats. Cat loves to hunt and kill, not necessarily for food. If LV is infested by these killer cats, we should consider removing them from the area, at least temporarily at time when rare birds passing or staying in LV.
[ Last edited by Jackvader at 11/11/2017 22:49 ] Author: evafun2014 Time: 11/11/2017 09:44
I think birders really don't like to see cats killing rare birds. By the way, cats are owned by farmers, not wild cats, they have their functions on rats control. Let's think of some ways to do it in Harmony, hopefully not to finger pointing those cats too much. Just afraid too much finger pointing would result in negative actions by someone like poisoning or so. I would suggest doing it in a win-win way, hope not helping birds but hurting cats. Author: lalan Time: 11/11/2017 11:18