My environment is a mixed bag today.
After an anxious afternoon and morning of not seeing the parents make repeated flights to feed their babies, a peek into the nesting box a bit ago showed that the tiny blue birds
Our blue birds have flown the coop - much to our relief. It feels satisfying to help introduce more birds into the neighborhood.
we have watched intently for a few weeks have fledged
. We didn't get to see them leave, but we knew it was close. The incessant flapping of their young wings
was visible from our kitchen window. It’s a relief to us; last year the fledglings died in the nesting box.
On the other side was distressing news out of the Washington Post. Amphibians are dying off at an alarming rate the world over;
The stream behind my house was fouled earlier this year by white gunk. Is our abuse of water quality also behind the demise of amphibians?
pesticides, disease and climate change were the cited reasons. Although it wasn’t mentioned, I wonder if water quality and other environmental factors came into play. That’s my hunch.
I’ll remember the toads and frogs when I head out about 5:30 for my excursion to pick up my path.There will be a little more zeal when it comes to any junk on storm drains, just waiting to be washed into the watershed.