When I got home from work today I realized that I needed to brush my cats, especially B.B., the long-haired one.  The male Northern Cardinal who has been ruling my balcony was not pleased with the disruption to his feeding schedule and let me know it by perching in the budding maple tree that has finally gotten taller than the railing of the balcony and chirping his displeasure.

And then, to show he meant business, he summoned reinforcements in the form of House Sparrows to back him up.

Needless to say, the cats were interested but not impressed.

Hunter and B.B., from the same litter, believe it or not

Once the brushing was done the cats came back inside and peace ruled in the cardinal kingdom.

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.