Sina-cism: Buffeted by angry birds of 2016

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It has been a mild winter along our stretch of the 42nd parallel, but Old Man Winter delivered enough cold days for me to offer sunflower, thistle and suet to the local descendants of the dinosaurs.

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

At first, things went well. Establishment birds – cardinals, chickadees and a woodpecker – declared they were in. Titmice and starlings soon joined. There was a junco, a spattering of sparrows, and a cedar waxwing.

For a time, there was pleasant conversation at the feeders.

Then along came a squawking jay from New York City and a raucous crow from Arkansas, turning the rest of the flock into angry birds, whose chattering seems now to have been for naught. For last Tuesday, those birds of a feather known as American voters flocked to polls and all but anointed the jay and the crow as finalists for November’s big birdbath showdown.

Sure, eagles might still arrive just in time to save the day, much as they rescued Frodo and Sam from doom in “The Return of the King.”

I myself keep squinting at the TV, expecting to read “The characters appearing in this movie are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental.”


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One thought on “Sina-cism: Buffeted by angry birds of 2016

  1. If the seeds are produced by all the birds and there are more than enough for everyone but 1% of the birds gather most of the seeds and your answer to the others is to just produce more seeds. The problem with your solution is that in addition to being unfair the system will allow the 1% to continue to gather more and more seeds while folks like you continue to tell the others to just work harder. This is why we are seeing growing support for the Jay and the Snowey Crested from Vt.