Taking sides

I can always tell when these egg hunters are on the prowl in our backyard; the crows kick up a big fuss.
Not long ago, I was sitting at my desk when the silence was suddenly broken by the angry cawing of crows. The cawing was loud and persistent, so I looked out the window, fully expecting to see a raccoon somewhere in the yard, and spotted three of them climbing the Douglas-fir.
I watched the trio methodically search the tree for eggs, long after the upset crows had given up and flown away. Trying not to take sides, I resisted the urge to scare away these nest raiders. It’s all too easy to side against the predator. But having experienced an empty belly myself a time or two, I try not to hold any creature’s hunger against it.

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2 Responses to Taking sides

  1. Iris says:

    That raccoon sure has his eyes on you! I wonder if someone in your area is feeding them; people often do without realizing what dangerous pests these cute furry things are. I simply must comment that they have proper binocular vision, unlike your illustrations. Guess evolution spared them the Daffy Duck syndrome 😉

  2. Heidi says:

    I almost always find myself on the side of the prey without really considering the needs of the predator. Something to think about for sure.

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