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Poisoned Weeds Spoil Blackbirds Nesting - Why?

Original post made by Paulette on Apr 7, 2013

I've noticed while walking my dog near the creek that someone has poisoned alot of what looks to be mustard plants down near the creek; not all the plants - just mostly mustard plants down by the edge of the creek. However, there aren't any nice, tall mustard plants like that above that area. It's all grasses - which they have not poisoned. Why this bothers me is that I was enjoying the blackbirds mating and making their nests in the mustard plants. I like the pretty yellow mustard plants and hearing the songs of the blackbirds. It is so peaceful. It gave me such pleasure to hear their joyous chirps. Now, I see them sitting on these yellowed and dead plants that are all bent over. I know they must have nests in there. I even saw a blackbird eating some seeds from the dead plant he was sitting on. I just don't understand why the city seems to have no sensitivity to what's left of a habitat for the creatures who are still trying to exist in our city. I've noticed that I see less and less birds. Rarely, if ever see butterflies or dragonflies. I rejoice when I see bees. When I first moved to Val Vista, I saw all kinds of wildlife. I've noticed over the years that I see less and less birds and other beautiful creatures. Even the crows seem to have scrammed. I just don't understand why the city can't find workers who have some sensitivity to our local wildlife or why they aren't told to give the local wildlife some consideration. We've destroyed the blackbirds habitats when we built the business park and cemented over all the mustard fields. Now, they can't even live down by the creek. Is it war against the blackbirds? I don't get it... It just breaks my heart.. Over by the park near the sewage treatment plant, they are now mowing grasses and have just grass on the other side of the creek, where there use to be all kinds of different plants that the ducks could hang out in. I can see that the birds are confused and now I don't see as many ducks in that area as I use to. I don't see the Night Herons there anymore either. I thought that was a lousy idea too.

Comments (6)

Posted by Hugh Jashole, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Apr 8, 2013 at 9:28 am

I, for one, applaud the city's efforts. There's nothing worse than fresh bird doo doo on my clean BMW. I say get rid of all birds.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Before the Hacienda business park area got all built up with buildings, the tall grasses there were filled with large numbers of red-winged blackbirds. I enjoyed seeing them while jogging through the area. As for work by city workers on city property, I'm sure that they have to follow some rules concerning wildlife. You might want to call them up and see what they are.


Posted by Freedom Forever - Humans, Not Birds, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I really don't understand these liberal do-gooders who fret so over a few birds. We saw what happened in Oregon when the enviro-tyrants shut down thousands of logging operations in order to spare the poor spotted owl. How many hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost because of the spotted owl, and what do we have to show for it? Same thing with the Salmon fingerlings in the Sac River. Who cares, except for the enviro-tyrants and liberal loons? Business parks = jobs. Black birds = having only baked in a pie uses. People are forced by the Nanny state to play in restricted park areas; let the birds find the parks if they want. Otherwise, I'd be happy if every blade of grass was removed from the landscape. The Constitution talks about CITIZEN rights, not bird rights. The stupidity out there is beyond belief! Get a brain people!


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I strongly recommend banning all BMW's in order to save the birds.


Posted by lcc-ridgerider, a resident of Mission Park
on Apr 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm

"The stupidity out there is beyond belief! Get a brain people"

It is not stupidity to realize that our lives and existence on this planet is connected to the lives and existence of all plants and animals. You kill the plants. That decreases the insect population, which in turn decreases the populations of lizards and birds. That in turn decreases the populations of other small mammals and so on. Your loggers in Oregon may have jobs, but they will not have a suitable environment to live in someday. Sustainability is the key to human survival on this planet. Poisoning our environment and destroying natural habitats is the work of fools.

Call me a "liberal do-gooder" if you wish. This town needs a lot more liberal do-gooders. I'd rather have more of them than selfish conservatives.


Posted by Freedom Forever - Humans, Not Birds, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I think you're a liberal do-gooder, afraid to call yourself the communist you are, who probably believes in global warming and other propaganda. I suppose you contribute to the United Nations which is going to take us over shortly after Obama takes away citizens' right to defend themselves. Liberal do-gooders like yourself will probabally be among the first to turn real patriots in to the UN's Grand Majesty.


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