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Suburban Bird

This is a guest post is by David, who wanted to post the following image in honor of the Suburbs Ecotone topic:

This picture was taken the morning of July 4, 2003. I have often noticed birds making nests in the signage of stores like this Walgreens’ store. I was lucky to have my camera with me this time. I am glad that some animals can thrive in developed areas. I suppose maybe birds don’t mind at all how ugly strip malls are. Their presence adds a lot of beauty and always makes me smile.

A friend and I used to BS about birds that had evolved into the urban niche of eating discarded frenchfries... hamburger sparrows, we called them. To some extent, you know, they do seem to adapt remarkably well (some species, unfortunately not most)to heavy aggregations of man and his baggage (like this signage).

Posted by: fred1st on July 15, 2003 11:41 AM

On my drives between LA and San Francisco through the Central Valley I've been noticing the swallows congregating at each overpass, the hundreds of nests overhead.

Not the suburbs, I know, but an edgy existence all the same.

Posted by: Lisa Thompson on July 15, 2003 08:01 PM

It is heartening to see birds and animals adapted to (sub)urban life. Where I live, crows build nests on top of traffic lights, among other places. They look so precarious, and yet they manage.

Posted by: Nancy on July 16, 2003 12:12 AM