Before I say anything more, I should explain that I don’t approve of the feeding of wild creatures. Even pigeons, so close to domestication that they consider our homes to be their homes too, should be able to find their own food. Experts tell us that animals and birds increase their populations when there’s more food, and we don’t need more pigeons. Now a few sparrows, hopping around your feet while you’re sitting at the park bench, that’s different; it’s fun to watch them picking up the crumbs that fall (accidentally of course) from my sandwich. And I will admit that we do have a couple — no make that three — birdfeeders in our backyard, but they are there for research purposes, so we can identify the different local species. And they do provide endless entertainment for our cat, who isn’t allowed to go outside without his collar and bell. Our dogs are good at chasing away the pigeons, and reminding the smaller birds that they are wild, and there’s a perfectly good field of seeds on the other side of the fence. So — I hope my point is clear — we should be leaving animals and birds to fend for themselves. With a few exceptions, of course.
Taken on August 9, 2010