What a joy to have the first glimpse into the garden reveal four birds busily pecking at I-know-not-what,they were on the cement of the sidewalk and top of stone wall, although one seemed to be worrying a seedy-looking plant. Maybe that one was shaking down seeds and the rest were harvesting the fallen bounty. I did not recognize the birds so came to get the bird book. When I returned the next door cat was in a crouch where the birds had been and I could see they had moved further along. I mildly scolded the cat - it is a game to both of us, he is 'belled' and I think he realizes the limitations this gives his hunting skills and perhaps why he 'attacks' and carries home any balls of wool or knitted objects he comes across at my place. I could not find the bird in the book. I need a longer perusal for identification and have put bird book by site for the next opportunity.