Monday, January 30, 2017

The Perkins home for sparrows, Coralville, Iowa

During the fall, sparrows took up nesting all over the sign of the Perkins restaurant near us. My four-year-old daughter was the first to notice, and I delighted too after she'd pointed them out. Recently, we went back again specifically because she wanted to see the sparrows' nests again, but alas the restaurant had hardened its hearts against them and destroyed the colony. I'm not surprised, since that's the sort of thing a business will do to keep itself looking neat and tidy, and it's not like sparrows are in any shortage of habitats given how well they integrate with human lifestyle. Yet I am still saddened by this loss of a little bit of magic and whimsy in the world.