Thursday, August 04, 2005
sparrows dropping like flies around here
Last week, my officemate said to me, "There seems to be a lot of dead birds outside." I, being the ever attentive person, said,"Huh?"
officemate: "Dead birds. Haven't you noticed?"
me: "Are they on the sidewalk?
officemate: "No, there along the side of building and in the flowerbeds."
me: "How many are we talking?"
officemate: "I've seen two."
Curiosity took over and I ran outside in the death heat and sure enough, there was a dead bird in one of the flowerbeds. I looked up at the building and saw it was under rows of windows and thought, "Probably hit a window."
Well, once again in my existence, I was wrong.
She came in the office today holding a couple of little silver balls. She looked at me and said, "Mystery solved.
me: "What mystery?"
officemate: "About the birds."
me: "What birds?
officemate: "The dead ones. There are two more outside and tens of these all over the ground."
me: (observing the silver spheres) "Oh, how cute. Someone got a new BB gun and they are using the sparrows as target practice."
I work in an industrial park and this is not what one would expect to see. I honestly wouldn't expect to see it anywhere except in some kid's backyard.
You'd think people would have better things to do with their time than shoot little birds.