Invasion and Racism

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Starlings at the Magpie Cafe

Today, I’m closing the Magpie Cafe. Because of an invasion of a bird I didn’t invite. Am I racist?

The European Starling started feeding at the Cafe about a year ago. At first I thought they were baby Flickers, a local woodpecker. I don’t want them here, the starlings, at my cafe. I love Farrah and the other finches. The Morning Doves, too. Once, a Red Tailed Hawk attacked a dove in the Cafe as I watched. Yeah, okay I thought. That’s nature – the way things are.

Who Am I

to judge? Which bird is worthy of my benevolence?

Does it matter? Do I matter? Are birds my priority?


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