CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

July 13, 2009

Eliminate feral birds: A call for political action


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

ELIMINATE FERAL BIRDS:

A Call for Political Action

 This is a follow-up of a previous post, FERAL BIRDS: THE LATEST COMMUNITY HAZARD.  The stories keep coming in. Michael’s story is compelling!

      Michael’s story: It happened in June (2009), very early in the morning, between Ford City and Kittanning (PA). I was traveling on a work assignment. It was too cold to open the car windows, about 60 degrees.

     When it warmed up, I decided to put my window down. As I reached to do so, I saw something from the corner of my eye, on my left side. I thought it was a bird and that it would slip away, and shoot up the window to the other side of the car. But no sooner had I put my window down when something came into the car and nailed me in the head. It happened fast, and I didn’t see what it was at first—I just saw feathers flying.

     I looked to the right and saw a bird sitting on the seat. I didn’t know if it was still alive. I was still driving, and continued on for several miles, before I found a place to pull over. There was blood and guts all over the car. The bird’s tongue was actually sticking out the side of its beak—at least, it sure looked like a tongue to me, unless it was his innards.

     I didn’t think anyone would believe me, so I took out my camera and photographed it.

     I’m in the driver’s seat, so I reached over to open the passenger side door. Then I tried to flip the bird off the seat with my tablet. But it was stuck. So I reached over and picked it up by the wings with two fingers.

     I was and am OK—it wasn’t the bird’s beak that hit me. It’s my hard head. The bird broke its neck. Later, from the picture, I identified it as a red-headed woodpecker.

         The above is a true story. To view Michael’s picture of the bird, click on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3714564431/in/photostream/  Fortunately, Michael did not crash his car or become injured in this incident.

         This incident is just one of many that justifies taking political action against feral birds. We need to rid the skies of birds not kept caged inside our homes. The “pet” birds should be licensed, and wear tags—or perhaps an identification chip inserted under its skin. 

     Incidents keep mounting that support this political action.

     About a month earlier I read about Dragan Djuric, who was cited for cruelty to bird. . When gull swooped down from the sky, hit his wife’s head, and tried to grab her ice cream, he allegedly beat it a with a stick to defend her. The gull’s wing was  broken in the Laguna Beach altercation. Djuric was cited because the New Year’s Eve incident violated the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

     Why, I ask, was Djuric at fault? This bird attacked his wife’s ice cream. Did he not do the correct thing by taking action to protect her?

     If “frequent fliers” were aware of the degree of danger feral birds create for silver birds carrying human cargo, they might resort to wheeled ground transportation. According to an Associated Press article published in February, 2009, “A confidential data-base managed by NASA states that commercial airline crews reported more than two dozen emergency landings, aborted takeoffs or other hair-raising incidents due to collisions. These occurred during the last two years.”

     This information comes from reports filed with NASA’s Aviation safety Reporting System. It concludes that bird-airliner encounters happen frequently. “Since January 2007, at least 26 serious birdstirkes were reported, including aircraft brakes catching fire; cabins and cockpits filling with smoke and the stench from burning birds; and a 12-inch home made in the wing of a Boeing 757-200.”

     Because the report only includes VOLUNTARY statements “That’s only touching the tip of the iceberg,” according to the former National Transportation Safety Board member John Goglia. “Clearly, we don’t have knowledge of the full width and breadth of this problem.”

     Based on the voluntary reports to the Federal Aviation Administration and the Agriculture Department “there were nearly 80,000 incidents of birds striking nonmilitary aircraft, about one strike for every 10,000 flights”

     Based on this information, it is clear that feral birds really ARE a problem that our politicians must confront.

     A more compelling reason to take political action to rid our country of feral birds is that they can affect the fabric of America: the outcome of  baseball games. On June 11, 2009, the Kansas City Royals were playing against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland. The Indian’s won after Shin-Soo Choo’s single “bounced off a seagull.” allowing the Indian’s to win the game at the bottom of the 10th inning. How humiliating it must have been for the Royals to meet their fate due to a flock of feral seagulls that had taken over Progressive Field in the weeks previous to the game!

     Reports stated that Choo’s line drive that crashed into the flock actually caused one to fall into a tailspin, a collision which deflected the ball past Kansas City center fielder Coco Crisp, allowing the Indian’s player Mark DeRosa to score the winning run.   

     According to my daughter-in-law Tammy, a Cleveland Heights resident, it really looked worse than it was. And the reports said that it was possible DeRosa would have scored the point even without the bird’s help. However, it still doesn’t exonerate the birds from having a questionable fate on a sport as American as apple pie.

     I wrote this post to inspire you to create a petition that states:

 We petition our Congressman __________________, (at the state or federal level) to enact a law that will eliminate the problem of feral birds, which have a deleterious and endangering effect on, but not limited to, silver birds (effecting the safety of their human cargo), automobile drivers, pets, and window panes.

      Pass this petition around to all your friends and even your enemies, as this is a cause of such great importance that it must unite all American citizens in a common cause. Have them sign it. (To see picture click on http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3715375148/) Submit a copy of the petition to Carolyn C. Holland wither by posting it in the comment box below or emailing it to beanerywriters at yahoo.com. We MUST take action, NOW!

NOTE: Scroll down to comments to read about a  Tribune-Review (Greensburg, PA) column by Jack Markowitz titled “Season open for the birds that threaten safe flight.” This writer certainly should copy the above petition to collect signatures to support the campaign against feral birds!

 ADDITIONAL READING

ANIMAL STORIES:

THE KILLER KITTEN

WHAT RIGHTS DO CATS HAVE, I ASK

Moose, Goose, Deer

LOBSTER-TALES

BEAR CARNIVAL IN CONNELLSVILLE, PA.

OF FIREFLIES AND LIGHTNING BUGS

MY DOG

THE SNITTY CAT LIKES PUMPKIN PIE?

A DOVE STORY RETOLD: JASMINE AND JEWEL

SHALIMAR

ELINOR’S ORPHAN KITLINGS

HOT DOG LIMERICKS

FERAL BIRDS: THE LATEST COMMUNITY HAZARD

THE UNICORN: MYTH OR REALITY?

STARTLED BY A CRITTER IN THE CAR!

ARCHIE & MEHITIBLE

HI! I’M COCHRAN! NICE TO MEET Y’ALL!

DEAR A’NONNIEMOUSE FROM COCHRAN (COCKROACH)

Battling squirrels at bird feeders I: to fight or join them

Battling squirrels at bird feeders II: to fight or join them

Battling Squirrels at Bird Feeders III: Types of bird feeders

BEAR STORIES ACROSS THE NATION

BEAR CARNIVAL IN CONNELLSVILLE, PA.

OF FIREFLIES AND LIGHTNING BUGS

BLACK FLIES AND OTHER INSECTS: Then and Now

THE AMAZING BEAVER

 EMILY AND MR. SPIDER

LOSS AND LOVE

A FAT CAT AND A SAD DAD

A DOG FOR ALL SEASONS

BEAR CONFRONTATIONS: SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

BASEBALL STORIES:

Take Me Out to the Ball Game…So Reluctantly I Go

PITTSBURGH STEELER FANS: THE YOUNGEST

PINCH HITTING

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3 Comments »

  1. Tribune-Review (Greensburg-PA) newspaper’s business columnist Jack Markowitz would apparently support political action to eliminate feral birds. This is an excerpt from his August 1, 2009 column:

    “Remember January’s USAirways crash landing in New York’s Hudson River? The wonder was that all 155 people aboard survived the icy-water ditching by a skilled pilot. The scandal was that the plane crashed because it ran into birds. Canada geese, in this case. The long-necked, fat-bodied nuisances of Earth and sky. Americans have been forbearing with these pests long enough.

    Maybe it’s time to get the shooting irons out.

    The National Transportation Safety Board the other day recognized that air travelers aren’t just dealing with wrens and robins up there. It called for an update of airframe standards that haven’t kept pace with feathery air traffic since the 1970s.” (Season open for birds that threaten safe flight)

    Pass the petition around, Jack! Carolyn C. Holland

    Comment by Carolyn — August 2, 2009 @ 1:11 pm | Reply

  2. You don’t think birds damage property? A letter to “first aid for the ailing house” published in the Tribune-Review recently read: Last spring we had new triple pane windows installed. Sinde that time, we have had cardinal birds land on the window sills and thrust themselves against the windows. They hit the windows so hard that several windows must be replaced. They do not fly directly into the window but land on the sill and then against the window. Any suggestions? A questioner from Ligonier (PA)

    Henri de Marne’s answer: You’ve got some cardinals to be able to damage your new windows by throwing their light, feathered bodies against them! They must have gone through football blocking training! Kidding aside, they see their reflection on the glass and think it is a rival they need to chase away.
    Why they didn’t do that with your older window is not clear. Could the windows be defective to be so damaged that they need to be replaced?
    The simplest solution, if acceptable to you, is to hang some specian netting over the windows to encompass the sills so they can’t land on them. The netting also gives birds a visual block that is said to prevent them from crashing into windows. You can get this black, dioscreet bire netting by Googling “bird netting.”

    Comment by Carolyn C. Holland — September 1, 2009 @ 2:25 pm | Reply

  3. Off Ligonier Living blogsite:

    Diane Cipa said…
    This was a nicely written piece of sarcasm by Carolyn Holland. If you can’t tell, she’s just kidding but she’s making a good point about the way people take reality and normality and try to change it with laws.
    July 9, 2009 8:09 AM

    Comment by Carolyn C. Holland — February 2, 2010 @ 1:02 am | Reply


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