My spouse and I have been walking on the Vestal Rail Trail in Vestal, NY (a trail created from an old railroad right of way) for years.
We've enjoyed a wetlands at one end of the trail (no longer an end because the trail was extended last month, but to me it will always be an end). We used to enjoy seeing the red winged blackbirds, the males with the red mark on their wing. When we saw them in the wetlands, we knew spring was here.
They would perch on the cat tails, each (I imagine) guarding its own territory. We would enjoy their calls all through the summer.
These blackbirds were common to the land we owned so many years ago in Arkansas. They are memories of our youth. I am not a birder, but I love birds. I always have.
We hadn't been to the Trail in two or three weeks. We went there yesterday for our exercise walk.
This is what was left, as yesterday, in a far corner.
Why? I ask myself. I can't seem to find the answer online. Why did someone dig it up?
A sad day.