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Another Loss For Nature

July 7, 2013
Another Loss For Nature

Female ruby throated hummingbird casualty

I hate seeing this! Every year in the spring I see countless dead or severely stunned song birds, mostly wood thrush, that slam into the windows of human dwellings. To them, the reflections of trees and whatever else is in your backyard look like mirror images. Thinking that they can just fly on through, most of them hit at full speed. They were given the gift of migration and are believed to be able to follow magnetic fields that surround the earth to guide this process. Sadly, they weren’t granted the ability to distinguish between 2D and 3D images. This morning I found this ruby throated hummingbird female, a seasonal visitor to the Chicago area lying dead on my doorstep. This must have happened in the low light of the early day and I can only hope that this bird was done raising it’s young. As we lose two-hundred species every twenty-four hours across the globe we don’t need losses like this. It may seem inconsequential to all of us “advanced” species, but in fact every single life lost has some impact for the stability of our dwindling biodiversity. I’m not sure there is a fix for this one.

Male Ruby-Throated hummingbird (Archilochus co...

Male Ruby-Throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) guarding his territory from the top of a tomato stake. He will chase off any other hummingbirds that try to feed in “his” area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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