|Ruby-crowned Kinglet placed on bed of leaves|
In recent memory, I can only count a grand total of two dead birds prior to the Kinglet "sightings" - some kind of Hawk, lying belly-up, gutted, in a rocky ravine above Cascade Falls in Marin County; and a Varied Thrush, neck mangled, found expired in a back area of Codornices Park in Berkeley. Which makes the current occurrence, on consecutive days, in the same neighborhood, of coming upon not one, but TWO dead birds, very odd! Crazier still, both dead birds happened to be Ruby-crowned Kinglets! (What? You don't think this is odd and crazy?)
|Kinglet found on street near curb on Indian Rock Avenue|
|Varied Thrush found belly up dead in Codornices Park|
|Hawk mystery death in creek bed, Marin County|
|Second Kinglet found in street next day|
I'm willing to chalk it all up to being one big coincidence: two birds, same species, found dead in the street near the curb in the same neighborhood within a day of each other. And my happening to be there. Okay, yeah, let's go with coincidence, because nothing else accounts for the incident.
Did they freeze to death?
Did they perish from some disease or virus?
Did they inhale something, like toxic wood smoke from a chimney while roosting overnight, or barbecue lighter fuel?
Did a stealthy cat pounce and kill them?
I don't think it's possible to know without performing a real autopsy. The pathetic forensic examination I conducted revealed an absence of evidence of bite marks, gashes, mangled body parts, and the like, so it's anyone's guess. Or am I overlooking the painfully obvious?
RIP little birds.