Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Those Clever Birds Take Advantage of Trash Collection

Birds are smart. It's Wednesday, and I woke up to the sound of birds outside my bedroom window. You see, it's Wednesday, and Wednesday is trash collection day. For birds that means food. On the other days of the week, there's hardly a peep from our feathered friends, but on Wednesday, it's another story altogether. They're out and about scavenging for tasty morsels, and making quite a racket and mess of it. 

In Portland all trash for curbside pick up must be in blue Portland Trash Bags. Residents purchase the bags at the local supermarket ($1 for a 15-gallon bag and $2 for a 30-gallon bag). In principle this method of trash collection is great. You pay for the amount of trash you produce. However, as with most things, there is a downside. These plastic bags are easily punctured by crows, gulls, and other neighborhood wildlife. Until recently, the neighbors would place their trash on the curb the night before collection. But lately, the birds have gotten to the bags before it's collected. I never knew how much litter these birds could make. Now, most people place their trash on the curb shortly before pick up.

Lately, there are less birds around on Wednesday morning. In a way, I feel sorry for them. I guess they'll have to get food the old-fashioned way: hunt.

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