Home security system
LONGVIEW, TEXAS — This morning, I went to investigate my friend’s report that a bird was nesting outside his apartment. He said that the nest was in a hanging basket.
Now, most people plant flowers of some sort in their hanging baskets and flower beds. Not Shroud and Bev. They moved into their married student apartment and quickly filled every available patch of dirt with … plastic forks. White, poky, garish plastic forks.
I did some other walking around campus. Mockingbirds were singing everywhere, and a few yellow-rumps moved around the trees. Down by the pond, I saw a shrike fly by. It harassed a starling briefly, but it didn’t seem intent on killing just then. I also saw a Killdeer and a red-belly, and I heard a flicker. A couple of Barn Swallows skimmed the pond.