Just before the storm, dozens and dozens of grackles descended on camp. I've never seen anything quite like it. Grackles are not easy to love - they are loud, aggressive, and not very pretty - and my immediate inclination was to rush outside and make a big racket to scare them away.
Thankfully, before doing that, I observed that they were all madly pecking apart the tent caterpillar cocoons and eating like a troop of starving boy scouts on a camping trip.
Although they missed a few before flying away, like Carnies in the night, those grackles had stripped away thousands of next year's little troublemakers. Suddenly, the evil black ones became more loveable.
I marveled and meditated later, immersed in the beauty of the patterns of rain on the bar, and the wonder of the birds.
And I reminisced about lost friends and failed relationships. I wonder if a moment of quiet reflection before making the big racket might have made a difference...