CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 30, 2008

FERAL BIRDS: THE LATEST COMMUNITY HAZARD


Just after a private Gulfstream jet took off from the Santa Barbara, California, airport, a bird collided with its windshield, forcing the metal bird to return to the airport. It’s a pretty common event, according to the Santa Barbara fire department spokesman, John  Ahlman, said.

The passengers, Oprah Winfrey, and her boyfriend, Stedman Graham, weren’t hurt in the midday incident that occurred on a late December day in 2005.

This is just one reason why we should not allow birds to be free to fly outdoors. I advocate that there should be a campaign to keep birds indoors, not only for their protection, but to protect the outside environment created by humans.

There are numerous other reasons why birds shouldn’t be allowed to follow their natural behaviors. While at a baseball game in Cleveland this weekend, I observed gulls flying over the baseball diamond. What if they had let loose and their droppings had fallen on the batter’s or pitcher’s head at a critical moment? Would Cleveland still have won the game? The gulls swooned gracefully over the bleachers, too. Perchance, did a baseball fan catch more than a ball? Birds leave droppings on automobiles, ruining their finish, and the creatures all too often leave evidence of their presence on city buildings and sidewalks.

They also fly into picture windows (not mine, however—mine always have enough dirt on them so that the birds can miss them!) and leave spread-out imprints of their bodies on the glass.

Hummingbirds often become caught on screen doors. “We are sick and tired of humming birds which impale themselves on screens,” said Sharon. The three times it’s happened to her, she slowly pushed their beaks out of the screen door. They didn’t object, but she had better things to do with her time.

Have you ever been awakened by the cawing of early morning crows? The noise they create while they gather in treetops numerous times a day, screeching their off-key “tune,” is quite annoying.

One night my neighbor asked me if I heard the screech owls. I listened, and realized that I had often turned my ear to listen to their shrieking at night, thinking I might have to call 911 to rescue a woman caught in a domestic violence incident.

Blue jays are bossy to other birds, hoarding their food. Robbing their meal.

Birds on the loose can be cruel to human’s pets. One blue jay flew repeatedly onto a dog’s back. “It pulled out the dog’s fur to use for its nest,” Fran said, also noting that red birds tease her cats. Gulls gather on buildings, their droppings painting the walls, piling up on sidewalks, and perfuming women’s hair.

There were reports of a light post fire caused by a nest built in the post.

While Nancy fears fires and carbon monoxide poisoning created by birds nesting in her chimney, her friend, Barbara, related that “One bird picked a pear off my pear tree. The stem came off and the pear hit the awning, scaring me.”

Birds are not only hazardous to mankind and his environs. The environment is a danger to birds. Free flying birds are subject to all types of dangers. Cats and other wildlife—or tamelife—sit in wait for an unsuspecting bird, pouncing on it and injuring or killing it, sometimes for sport and other times so that they can have a special treat: bird-meat. They meet their death from fast-driven cars and trucks, airplanes, and windmills, as well as by getting caught in the plastic pieces that once held a half dozen beverage cans in a single unit.

Free flying birds are vulnerable to all sorts of illness, such as bird flu, if they are not protected from nature. Finally, they are often abducted, taken to science labs where they are subjected to inbirdane experimentation.

The above reasons cause me to propose a law that all birds should be kept indoors. Outdoor birds will be captured and taken to a shelter. If a bird is tagged, the owner can claim it after paying a penalty fee and the costs of maintaining the bird at the shelter. If unclaimed or unadopted after three days, the shelter can euthanize the bird. Untagged birds can be euthanized immediately.

Some groups advocate the TNR procedure—that is, trap-neuter-release. It is a massive task, with no budget. However, it would cut the population of the birds, and allow those already existing to live a decent life, fed and cared for by compassionate citizens who care deeply for all of God’s creations.

For those of you who believe that we must protect our community from the dangers of bird overpopulation, partly due to their rapid/uncontrolled reproduction; their danger to both humans and animals; and their damage to city buildings and metal birds, please ask your governmental representatives to create a law mandating that all birds be kept indoors. Also, support animal shelters advocating bird TNR.

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3 Comments »

  1. Did you hear about the rich pigeon? He left a deposit on a Lexus.

    What did the rich seagull do? He put a deposit on a yacht!

    Why can’t the seagul fly over the bay? Because then he’d be a Baygull!

    Comment by carolyncholland — May 6, 2008 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  2. Wire reports sent out this story from Chicago: EXPERTS ARE WARNING RESIDENTS TO BEWARE OF THE BLACKBIRDS! “The fiercely teritorial behavior of red-winged blackbirds is being blamed on several recent dive-bomb attacks. The birds peck at unsuspecting bicyclists and pedestrians and swipe their hair…Relief may come in late July, after their nesting season ends.” One woman called the blackbird’s attack on her “bizarre.”

    Comment by carolyncholland — July 19, 2008 @ 3:29 am | Reply

  3. Evidence is mounting for ridding the world of feral birds. Many homes in teh Hudson Bay area were endangered when birds knocked out both engines of a US Airways jet liner on Janyary 18, 2009. If it werent for a pilot’s split-second decision to land his jet liner in the Hudson River, a catastrophe similar—or probably worse than—the plane that landed on a Clarence, N. Y. home—would have occurred. Kudos to the Pilot, Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” for his expert handling of the plane, which avoided such a tragedy. Lances to the birds that ruined his engines!

    Comment by carolyncholland — February 25, 2009 @ 3:21 pm | Reply


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