Right Now

The peacefulness of my morning coffee on the deck has been shattered by some kind of nature emergency in my backyard.

A furious swirl of birds came swooping over the deck, tumbled around over the garage and then zoomed in wide arcs near the trees over the side fence. The sound they were making was without doubt screaming. They’d keep flying back towards a big tree on the opposite side of the yard where a wild chittering was happening. They’d keep doing the wide arc alarm flights towards every compass point and occasionally stop to light on the branches of the big tree. The chittering never stopped.

This was an interspecies event. Single birds would come from wherever their morning bird business was going on and they would also light near the tree. I couldn’t tell you what kinds of birds they were – they all looked black against the sunny sky – but I could see that the main swirl of alarm birds were all the same size and some of the new joiners were smaller. The cardinal that is currently guarding a nest in the branch pile  at the edge of the creek did not participate.

Chittering, screaming  and arcing went on for at least 6 minutes, which seems to me like a long time for a nature emergency. Here’s an oddity: my dog, always one for a good galloping dog-on-bird bark session*, was completely silent  and still during the whole thing. Then the skies went silent all at once.

Maybe a squirrel was molesting a nest but #1 I think squirrels are vegetarians and #2 nest molestation must happen all the time. I’ve never seen such a ruckus before #3 multiple species of birds were involved. Would a dark-eyed junco care if Phoebe babies were ravaged? i suppose it could have been something involving the local Red Tailed Hawk but I didn’t hear the typical hawk screeching and the action was definitely happening at a sea level much lower than where the hawk usually perches and you would think that a trouble-making hawk would grab what he’s after and head for higher ground instead of staying at the crime scene.

Now it’s all over. After the silence, the normal gentle birdsong resumed.


* First the tragedy and now the comedy. Suzette, you are inappropriate.

One of the tweets I am most proud of got no reaction at all from the Twitterati. And that speaks volumes about them, I think, not me. Read this and evaluate it for me please. Is it witty or am I losing my touch?


I slay me!

9 thoughts on “Right Now”

  1. I have seen this with Mockingbirds and Crows…the mean Crows try to steal their babies and the screeching and flying began, with the Mockingbird outnumbering the nasty Crow and running him off to perch elsewhere and plan another attack. Not sure about your bird war, however.

  2. That’s a great tweet… which makes me ashamed that I didn’t see it live. I haven’t been following the amazing Corgi and his piquant thoughts. This shames me. Must fix now.

  3. Those were distraction drones from the IRS to keep you from noticing the G-Men rooting through your garbage.

  4. I love Sted_Man’s tweets. I wish there were more of them. BTW, I saw a post for Bloglovin earlier but it is gone now. Is this what you decided on to replace Google Reader?

    1. I’m giving bloglovin’ a whirl. you have to “Claim” your blog by posting that code. I realized it doesn’t have to be right under my nose so I moved the publication date to a month earlier.

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