Grinches stole Christmas from bird population

Having moved here only a few months ago, I must say my first impressions of a select few individuals are not all that great.

Having moved here only a few months ago, I must say my first impressions of a select few individuals are not all that great.

I walk my dog along the Galloping Goose Trail numerous times a day and on seeing the local wild birds that are scattered up and down the trail along the Happy Valley stretch – and being an avid bird watcher – I thought it would be a lovely gesture to not only place handmade bird feeders, but suet feeders as well, along our regular walkways.

I placed four handmade bird feeders and four suet feeders in different areas, to allow all who frequent Langford’s Happy Valley trail to enjoy the birds’ presence more closely.

I hung the feeders up and lo and behold no less than 48 hours later, a Grinch or two had not only removed the feeders but the small suet holders as well.

We have just celebrated Christmas, the day that represents the Man who is the epitome of all that’s good. I say there are a few people out there that could learn by His example, and put back what did not belong to you. Why take what is not yours, especially when you can see it’s for the pleasure of everyone who walks, runs and strolls along a trail that represents itself as something for everyone to enjoy by its beauty and the birds that reside within its serene oasis.

The bird feeders placed out there were for all to enjoy, not for those who suffer from the “me” syndrome. So I ask that you please replace those that were taken, so they may be enjoyed by all.

The song birds could use a little help every winter, but we as a community are rewarded by knowing it’s the people who make the difference, by knowing right from wrong and what’s good from what’s evil.

To take away from the local birds, that’s just not right. Shame on those that lack the humanity in sharing – especially at this time of year.

Marika Lalonde

Langford

 

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