bird cannons explained
Wednesday, July 20 2011
Ray and Nancy came over for dinner tonight, which we ate out on the east deck. Gretchen had made a vaguely Thai rice-based salad as a first course, which she followed up with a more Italianate pesto pasta. Meanwhile we could hear the bird cannons still going off down in the Esopus Valley below. Ray said he'd called a town councilwoman to complain and she said she was getting tired of the explosions as well. Ray said that the bird cannons are only used during a brief part of the season when a particularly voracious bird migration is passing through. The explosions (which I'd never noticed before) only happen for a week or so and then they're over, although this year they've been going on a bit longer for some reason (either weird weather or perhaps climate change).
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