Archive for February 7th, 2011

Evolution in Action

Living, as I do, in a wild and untamed part of the city, there is often a bewildering array of wildlife wandering through our yard, from possums and raccoons to birds of prey to geese to… deer, even.

In the winter, we have bird feeders out, because one of my roommates gets some warm fuzzy feeling from feeding wildlife, and because the resulting flocks of birds are cheap entertainment for all our cats.

Most days, we have between fifteen and thirty birds in our backyard, many of them perched in a pine tree. Presumably, they do this for protection, not just from the elements – as inimical as those can be, in winter in Minnesota – but from predators. And for good reason; we see a lot of birds of prey that like to snack on wrens and finches and sparrows, oh my.
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