I saw two magpies attacking a fledgling blackbird this morning. The chick's parents were valiantly divebombing the relatively enormous attackers. I sent the dog to chase away the magpies, and she stood over the chick as it lay on the path, recovering. I hoped it would be strong enough to be able to get back to its nest, but a short while later I saw one of the magpies flying off with the lifeless chick in its beak.

Yesterday there was a little boy in the street, bombing up and down on a scooter. He had a Captain America outfit on, complete with padding for chest and arm muscles. So funny, but it reminded me of my own batman costume.

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