Look who came to visit this morning! Remember that flicker I said was taunting me? If it’s the same one, it turns out (I think) to be a female Yellow-shafted.
I discovered her presence when both cats jumped on a window sill and started their chattering. She ignored them and stayed around eating bugs for a long time.
This was very good news. The cats needed a distraction. They’ve managed to hide all 5 dozen of their toys and I can’t find any of them. sigh