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sigmastolen ([personal profile] sigmastolen) wrote2012-09-20 03:29 am

Pica nuttalli

One thing (of many) that I really miss about living in Davis is the Yellow-Billed Magpie:

I think I've seen a couple around my neighborhood in LB, but nothing close to the tidings of magpies I'd see in Davis daily -- and, of course, none in Pittsburgh, because the Yellow-Billed Magpie is found only in California. Anyway, I was reading about magpies on Wikipedia and it says:
This bird is extremely susceptible to West Nile virus. Between 2004 and 2006 it is estimated that 50% of all Yellow-billed Magpies died of the virus.

… And it just made me incredibly sad, that's all.