Sunday, February 15, 2015

Reader report: A mixed reception for a potential new East 7th Street resident

A dispatch from EVG reader Leslie yesterday...

Like many in today's real-estate market, everyone's willing to look even further east.

Today, a familiar face was checking out homes on 7th between C and D and received a mixed reception. Some longtime neighborhood residents exhibited marked hostility; others had fingers crossed that this newcomer would choose to stay.

The well-wishers fantasized a new laser focus on reduction of the blocks rodent population.

But the haters, per eyewitness accounts, made their hostility known.

Multiple members of a local blue-jay clique jeered sharp jaay-jaays and repeatedly dive bombed youngblood hawk.

The clannish residents entered attack mode, pecking at his noggin as he sat placidly upon a branch pondering the new location.

Fans tried but failed to capture documentation of the skirmish (see photo below). Nest shopping stopped when a kit of pigeons circled 6th Street, ending the outing to the east.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Funny story. I wondered why the people at the Christadora didn't put Blue Jay or Crow mannequins (birdequins?) outside their windows, to frighten away the hawks, if they didn't want them there. Maybe that's not city knowledge.

Andy Orbit said...

If you're hostile to birds, go fuck yourself. I purposefully feed pigeons in the hopes they will shit on people.

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

Another beautiful thought from another bird lover. Thanks, Andy!

Gojira said...

Love ya, Andy Orbit!

Anonymous said...

Andy, the hawks are hostile to the pigeons, and the blue jays are hostile to the hawks.

Giovanni said...

The biggest bird haters are other birds, like hawks that eat most birds smaller than them, including pigeons, starlings an sparrows. A raccoon, fox or owl will eat a hawk, but since we have so few of those around here the hawks are safe except from everyone except tenants of the Chistadora.

P.S.: I feed the rats hoping they bite people who don't understand the food chain.

Anonymous said...

Youngblood Hawke is a terrific novel by Herman Wouk. Really. What a stemwinder. Nice subtle reference by your writer!