Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The cruelest month?
T.S. Eliot wrote "April is the cruelest month," but in our SF neighborhood, May has been a harsh and deadly time for this year's barely-fledged sparrows and finches. For a few consecutive days I found sparrow wings (and a head) in the garden, which I figured had become a regular meal stop for a sharp-shinned or Cooper's hawk. Then 2 days ago I was out walking with our son and saw a scrub jay attacking and carrying off a young house sparrow, right on the sidewalk! I've seen scrub jays eating acorns in oak woodlands and food from our bird feeder, but I didn't realize they are omnivores. Nature is not always pretty, even (especially?) in the city.