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Root, first published in Caduceus
We all have distractions to deal with in life, but living in deep countryside some of those diversions have a different quality to them. Like last week’s one, in which a posse of electrical engineers descended on Rennaldburn to replace some ancient wiring & rotten telegraph poles.
Which was all good, apart from the fact that the rotten telegraph pole featured the best three-storey starling condominium in the valley. I always loved seeing the darling starlings dive in and out with wisps of grass and fledgeling tidbits, so it was a bit heartbreaking to see them perching forlornly on the telegraph wire wondering where their home had gone.
There was only one thing to do: re-erect the rotten pole. This proved to be quite a mission, and after it was done I realised the next task at hand was to create some heavy-duty cat protection around it to make sure Tashi didn’t think I’d just created him a handy starling snack-bar.
Finally it was done. The only question was, would the starlings accept their new home being a few feet further West and about half as high as it had been?
It didn’t take them long to settle back in again…even though they were accompanied this time by a throng of smaller birds who love hanging out on the bizarre construction beneath the nest.
Maybe tomorrow I’ll do some artwork…