Thursday, June 17, 2010
That's Just What They Do
God keeps man busy so that he doesn't have time to observe nature.
Nature defined for this blog -- as in the illustrious, and well known, black ducks.
As I was cleaning the shutters this morning, I noted that the crows were messin' with something in the cul-de-sac.
I decided to check it out since obviously whatever it was wasn't dead, for as the crows poked at it with their beaks, it flapped around and scooted away or tried to get away -- it was live.
I thought at first it was a small bird -- and I was worried about the baby wrens who have made their first home in the Boston fern hanging outside the French doors that lead to the deck.
No. No. No. You stupid, black ducks are not gonna eat those babies that David, Keats, and Tallulah (with different agendas) have watched momma feed and daddy stand a little ways off and chirp security. No. No. Not OUR WRENS.
I went out to the cul-de-sac in Rescue 911 mode -- like an overweight wren grandmother about to go psycho.
When I got close to it, I saw it was a baby bat with a broken wing.
*makes sad face*
I came back in the house to call my nephew, the Eagle scout, since they are trained for stuff like this, and before I could get him on the phone, the stupid crows were back -- and flew off with the baby bat.
I called David to tell him.
Me: The stupid black ducks just took a baby bat with a broken wing from the cul-de-sac.
David: You saw that?
Me: What? You think I'm watching this on Animal Planet?
David: How do you know it was a baby bat?
Me: I went out there. I was gonna rescue it from the crows.
David: Don't touch it.
David: It may have rabies.
Me: I wanted to rescue it -- take it to Dr. Jim.
David: Don't do it. That's what they do.
David: Crows. They rob nests. That's just what they do.
Me: Well, I could have intervened.
David: Then what would you do?
Me: I dunno. Nurse it back to help like a Hallmark movie?
David: That's just what they do.
Me: I hate nature.
David: Go clean the shutters.
What kind of answer is -- "that's just what they do?"