The following is from an email I sent out yesterday, Jan. 5, 2011:
Dear Friends in South Florida,
I'm writing to you because you are either particularly attuned to nature and/or are an animal lover.
This morning I went out to give some seeds to the doves that have inhabited my garden for many years. Each morning there is a minimum of about 22 who flock in after I disperse the seeds. This morning I did not see a single one! There was even some seed left over from yesterday ... very unusual. I found no doves in the neighborhood!
Because of my concern for what happened to all those birds and fish in Arkansas and Louisiana, I decided to pay special attention tonight on my return from my client's place. I looked for the starlings that usually converge at dusk at the corner of Sample and US1. There are usually hundreds of them. Tonight, I did not see one. I did not hear any of their usual chirping in the trees.
I tried to figure out if this was a migratory issue with the starlings, but the info that I found online was insufficient. From the little I did gather, they do not migrate away from our area.
Can someone tell me what is going on? Is it just me, or have you noticed something unusual?
I find it completely unacceptable that the issue in Arkansas and Louisiana was treated so callously. Waiting a "week" or a "month" for test results for such an emergency is outrageous. I strongly suspect we will never be told the truth about what happened there.
Tomorrow, I'll be paying very close attention to the birds. I hope you will also take notice and let me know what you observe. Whatever affects the health of our natural environment, directly affects our health whether we realize it or not.
If by tomorrow (Thursday) things still appear 'off', I will post this message on my blog ...