Poisoned Weeds Spoil Blackbirds Nesting - Why?
Original post made by Paulette, Val Vista, 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.