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Taking a break from city politics for really important news

Original post made by Diana Diamond, Palo Alto Online blogger, on Jul 5, 2007

"We have babies!" I told my husband when I phoned him at work two weeks ago. "It looks like there are two, and they are really tiny but also very hungry."

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Posted by Diana Diamond
Palo Alto Online blogger
on Jul 5, 2007 at 1:37 pm

Diana Diamond is a registered user.

This column ran in the Weekly last week. Since then, the birds have left their birdhouse -- alas, no new tenants.

Diana


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 5, 2007 at 3:03 pm

I love the occasional article like this, it really brings the author into a 3 dimensional reality rather than words on a page.


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Posted by steve levy
a resident of University South
on Jul 5, 2007 at 4:19 pm

Hi Diana,

We had a baby, also--a baby rock pigeon born in a nest on our patio. We had most of your experiences, wondering whether we were interfering by watching, being captivated by the back and forth of the mom and dad, being amazed that they had the schedule all worked out.

Finally after two months hiding out in the covered area my wife created, our baby ventured out to explore the world of our patio and ledge and began to practice flying. For three days we sat captivated by being so close to the growth of the baby.

Unfortunately, our baby got grabbed by a hawk right as she was ready to launch herself into the world. It was vet sad to watch as we had gotten attached to her.

We are hopeful for a happier result next time if the mom comes back.

For a brief while it sure beat hearing about Iraq and Mandarin immersion.


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Posted by Rod
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 5, 2007 at 4:37 pm

steve levy,

As much as I spar with you about immigration issues, I agree with you about the wonderful experience of watching birds become families in our backyards. I have had many of them over the years. Always a miracle.

Unfortunatley, the increase in the number of crows and ravens is taking a toll. They attack open nests.


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Posted by steve levy
a resident of University South
on Jul 5, 2007 at 5:02 pm

Rod,

Yes, the birds are wonderous.


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Posted by Mary
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 6, 2007 at 7:32 am

In our neighborhood the crows are aggressive, noisy, and messy. And we have noticed a dearth of doves and mocking birds. Still a lot of hummingbirds, but other than the cacphony of the crows, it is really a 'silent summer'. Are the crows to blame?


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Posted by Woody
a resident of another community
on Jul 6, 2007 at 11:22 am

I heard there's a Wise Old Owl running for City Council this year.


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