The Pies

An overpass with "The Pies" spray painted on it.

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Would you find a crow beautiful? No, you would not. You, like most, would remark that a crow is rather unremarkable and you’d be correct per the general consensus which is, of course, all that really matters.

The crow’s cousin, the magpie, is a different story altogether. Regardless of variety, and there are many, you’d likely remark on its bright plumage, colored beak, smooth or ruffled feathers, and so on. They really are quite beautiful creatures.

Humanity did what humanity does and fewer magpies exist to visually enjoy so the appearance of two nesting and supposedly extinct magpies got the world’s attention in a big way. A support beam under an overpass caught their fancy a week ago.

Said overpass was closed to reduce vibrations that might disturb the nest. Groups used them to rally support for environmental causes while others just bitched about the detour. Authorities did their best but some daredevil tagged the overpass anyway. Celebrities cried on TV and flashy preachers claimed responsibility for the miracle. A “Pie-Cam” provides round-the-clock video for the online world and I wonder, feeling the lump in my gut, what the world thought when I slithered up there and ate one.




The Pies — 4 Comments

  1. Haha not the ending I was expecting. Did you know that the blue jay is also part of the corvidae species. We have a lot of magpies around here, and they are stunning to look at. Their colouring is beautiful.

    • I didn’t know Blue Jays were in the same group – I have quite a few of them outside my window most days. The smaller birds all take off when they come around. Plus, they mimic a hawk’s screech (which helps- ha ha!) 🙂

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