closeby observations

This post started last August, kept unfinished til today, 20th April, when I found the searched-for December 08 journal entry.

“Early August morning, 2009,  Grackles return to the trees they used to perch on – though now instead of being 50 feet tall, they are 15, and just stumps. I had not noticed this before.

Here’s what I wrote 10 months ago when the trees were sawed off:

December 2008:

whole flock no more.

eve of the day

when the tallest

trees in the neighborhood

were cut down.

Half dead — their

owners     decided to

clean emup.

Most evenings it’s the roost spot for close to a hundred birds — several kinds. And today 3 birds were perched high while the sawing was happening. They stayed on even while the balanced 40′ highest vertical limb was swaying but as it fell, the 3 flew off.

I was there, knowing that was the dead part, but how snags are important. In our own tallest Elm I’ve found a haven of beetles who love the bark – Squash Bugs in fact, all dusty grey, happy up there in their bark-munching life. And food for birds.

This evening the one lone branch that’s left I notice has no birds at all at roosting time. Not enough room for the whole flock no more.”


3 Responses to “closeby observations”

  1. April 21, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Three birds stayed as long as they could: Our perch! Our perch! Events like these make me want to climb up in the tree with them and stay there until….Goodness knows what they might do then–probably chop it down anyway. Your writing is so good. The squash bugs, birds, bark…living communities. Very, very sad.

    I have read of protesters about destroying nature that camp out in trees and do other things to stop our culture’s obliteration of living things. Good men and women–saints of nature.

    C.C., I think everyday about your effort and others over there in NM that put up those wildlife fences along the roads. I have the website, I think, or the blog and want to look at it again. We have such wide open spaces here in TX, like there, but certain stretches of the highway are especially vulnerable to migrating wildlife.

    The whole flock no more. So wrong.

    • May 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm

      Hi Jack – sorry for long time without responding over here and at your blogs.

      The group that focuses on “wildlife connectivity” thmat I belong to has its website over here on the right in my blogroll list – Pathways …

      I remember your post about the bad near highway where cattle squeezed through and got hit. That was the first time I understood your position on animal husbandry.

      all for now,

  2. May 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    oops – your post about bad fences …

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