Since I have last participated in this thread, I had witnessed a noticeable uptick in bird populations here, not a great one, but a noticeable one, so
I stopped paying much attention to such things.
However, this morning about two hours after sun-up, I went for a mile-long walk down the main road. I make note of the time of day because when I was
active in this thread, I noticed that I was more likely to see some birds in the morning than at midday when the summer sun, heat, and humidity were
much more oppressive.
With the change of seasons and with the mornings, like this morning, being cooler and far less oppressive, I thought that I would see a good number of
birds today. Was I ever wrong!
Going down the road, I saw, in the vast expanse of sky that I could keep an eye on, all of four birds each flying solo far between each other in time
and space. I did see a large white bird on the ground, possibly an egret or an ibis, feeding.
Coming back I saw three birds in the distance circling loosely together.
I was out and about for 50 minutes or so, and that was it!
And here's the thing. The very wide main road has power lines on both of its sides. Moreover, there were a good number of side streets with power
lines, and I did not see a single bird – not a one – perched on the power lines.
Upon my arrival back at my apartment complex, I did hear two minor bird calls but I saw no birds on the property.
Who knows to what extent Superstorm Nuri will kick up aerosoled Pacific water contaminated with radionuclides into the atmosphere thus spreading this
aerosol across the U.S. with the Arctic blast that it will bring? Who knows how this will affect remaining bird populations which, BTW, take part in
pollination of plants and in the spreading of seeds?
See: Typhoon Nuri Packing 180 MPH Winds, Triggering
an Arctic Blast
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