Two evenings ago the baby birds above the front door were doing great — sitting on each other’s heads, pushing each other around — healthy and active and no doubt a pain in the ass for their hardworking parents.
And then, yesterday morning, they were dead. One of them was out of the nest, already a goner, and the other two were completely still. I watched the nest off and on during the day, hoping the others would move, but they never dead. This evening the ants and flies had already moved on the nest to take care of the remains.
I don’t know why they died. Disease? Attack from a wasp? Something else? In the nine years of many many many birds being born and raised around this house, there have only been one or two mishaps (so I’m told), and those usually involved an early escapee from the nest. What I know, though, is that the last time this happened the parents abandoned that particular location for a couple years (moving to a spot under the eaves beside the kitchen) — maybe until the memory faded, or a new bird couple moved in.
Nothing lasts. Sometimes you don’t even get a chance to start.
Wait, there’s such a thing as ‘owl theft’? — “Thefts of birds of prey, and particularly owls are also uncommon. But it is a crime that is being seen more and more frequently, according to those within the falconry community. And there is a growing suspicion that they are being targeted for a reason – as a replacement for cash.”
Michael Kenna’s magical trees: “From the lakes of Hokkaido to the forests of Abruzzo, the British photographer has scoured the world’s landscapes to capture their silent guardians…”
Starting your own business in Tacoma? You’re not alone.: “Seattle has also had a series of anti-business (large and small, not just the ‘Amazons’) policy changes that businesses will likely interpret as a trend toward an increasing unfavorable business climate, while Pierce County is differentiating itself as being business friendly,” local economist and researcher Neal Johnson of Sound Resource Economics told The News Tribune earlier this year via email. “Couple that with the lower cost of housing and Pierce County becomes attractive for businesses that can either find the needed labor in Pierce County or can attract workers to the area.”
How to survive when money is worthless: “A year and a half after our reporter was kicked out of Venezuela, he returned to find out how Venezuelans are holding on as inflation makes buying even a cup of coffee nearly impossible.”