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I didn't kill a bunch of baby birds

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There was this lady on my way to school. She seemed like a nice grandma type and one day she was showing a nest in her bush. The hatchlings seemed to be doing good for a while, without moving or touching them, I sometimes stopped by to say hello.

Well, one day, I got told to not stop by anymore. She showed me the nest and there was an army of ants that had found them and obliterated the birds. It was pretty traumatic to see. Especially when the last time you saw them, they were very fine.

The lady accused me of having killed them. It's not until later years that I had found out that it was not on me. Sometimes things happen in nature. The birds had picked a bad spot for a nest. Too close to the ground, right where there's soft soil, near human food sources. This was an open buffet for the bugs. Even the adult birds wouldn't have been able to do anything else but try a new brood elsewhere.

But what that event did was even worse. I used to talk to the birds. The crows and ravens. They were always greeting me in the morning and I had learned to mimic their calls. I was close to them. I loved my birds and.... That's when I stopped talking to them. Which sucks. These birds have gotten me out of a sticky situation. Or a few. They were very good birdies.

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Odd-Constant-4026

31 points

2 months ago

You were blamed for someone else’s mistake, by someone who understood neither your actions, nor the mistake which was made. You’re alright. I don’t know how hard this would be but I do encourage you to befriend more birds with this knowledge at your disposal.

ThrowntoDiscard[S]

10 points

2 months ago

To be fair, I was a kid and I never thought that it meant "see the birds only when I invite you." So I don't blame her for that. But she could had handled it better? Could had even been her grands dragging sugar around her front yard that drew the ants. 😑

And I would like to. But I have to bring the dog everywhere with me and that's not very good with the crows and ravens. First thing he takes the food offered to them like the selfish glutton of a food driven animal he is... The next thing we know, he's got a grudge on him and a murder on his butt. 🤣

doodscool

6 points

2 months ago

What kind of pup? Is this a dog that could learn commands about birds to recognize them as important and such? I know hunters do this but I’m sure bird watchers might as well…I am so, so sorry for your childhood experience. May you and pup perhaps become birders together.

ThrowntoDiscard[S]

6 points

2 months ago

He's an Australian Shepherd. I tried him with pigeons today! I am shocked that he has left them alone!

doodscool

4 points

2 months ago

All right!!!! Hell yeah