Most of the blogs I write are thought of some time ahead of being posted-- some linger quite awhile before there comes a time they fit. In this case, I had something set up (which had come from quite a time back) until I kept reading about this
This is something I really don't know what to make of. Can you imagine going out and seeing blackbirds dead all over your yard? That definitely does smack of a doomsday scenario along with the ultimate global climate change result.
My own first thought when I read it was-- I have a lot of red-winged black birds showing up here. I better put out more birdseed which I promptly did.
Unfortunately I then saw that the sheep waterer was frozen over. I broke through the ice with a hammer, but it was obvious the flow was stopped due to many days in a row of below freezing temperatures. *sigh* I have been here before and there is only one answer.
Buckets of water would have to be carried from the house. Except the buckets weren't down by the house; so that meant carrying pans of warm or hot water out to the tub as until it thaws as this is the only source of water the sheep would have-- actually it's the only source I want them to have but there is another.
While I don't worry when the cows drink from the creek-- fortunately as can you imagine carrying enough buckets of water to supply 30 head of cattle? No thanks-- the sheep are more worrisome as they could end up in the creek. If I think it's no fun to carry water, can you imagine going into the creek when air temperatures are below freezing, the creek is high and the water is racing by while your task is to drag out a soaked (might I add resisting) sheep, wool full of water. It's been done by Farm Boss but definitely not on my bucket list.
So back to the topic. What do you think this die off of birds is about?
They say it has happened before but not this many. They say the birds might've been startled to fly in the middle of the night by fireworks... They say the deaths were due to blunt force trauma. They have to be kidding on that one. What do they think happens if a bird hits the ground hard. Frankly they say a lot of things but what the heck do you think is going on?
While I wait for the theories to pile up, I'll carry more seed and water out as I carry firewood in. I'm more than ready for a warm up!
Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane, co-author Rainy Day Thought, where they write about experiences, ideas, nature, creativity, and culture. The latter might appear at times political, but we will try to avoid partisanship to speak to the broader issues that impact a culture. This is just too important a time not to sometimes speak to problems that impact society. As she and I do, readers will find we often disagree and have for over 50 years-- still able to be close friends. You can do that if you can be agreeable that we share more than not despite the difference.
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