Field Notes

David Fix
50. by David Fix on July 03, 2011 at 03:46 pm

An ornithologist friend once had dinner interrupted by a reporter who wanted to know more about interactions between the locally celebrated Dunlin swarms and Merlins. The ornithologist painstakingly detailed how a Merlin would watch a flock, hunt it, flush it, isolate a handful of birds--ultimately becoming a hapless single Dunlin--and would either miss that individual or kill it and eat it, consuming the sandpiper's muscle as well as its internal tissues. At this point there began a silence on the other end of the line. Finally, the question was asked, "Why can't they all just get along?"

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

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