A casual conversation with one of our Flashers – The Eng Family – led to this local observation and mystery Tuesday: “Who’s the suburban Geppetto carving out extravagant housing for our feathered friends?”
The Engs took note of the accomplished craftsmanship and began to keep an eye out for others after spotting their first clamped to signs along Larch Avenue in Moraga as well as the Lafayette end of the Lafayette-Moraga trail – which, as most Trail Pounders know, is a favorite haunt of local wildlife fanciers.
Now, we know we run the risk of bringing these to the attention of civil servants who have objected to the presence of similar Gnome warrens and Owl Barns in other cities (too distracting, improper use of civic property – hogwash!) in the past but we’re hoping our local government people will choose to look the other way or just join us in admiring the craftsmanship of these avian condos. Plus, we’ll lead any effort to keep these high-rises in place!
There’s a housing shortage in these parts as we all know.
We’ve included some of the Enquiring Eng Family’s pictures and think you’ll agree these aerial abodes occupy a space all their own, with fanciful porticoes and arches and architectural touches we would, frankly, like to see on our own shelter.
So, if this Neighborhood Geppetto chooses to remain anonymous we get it. We’ll just say we’re admirers of your work. If you come forward, that’s cool, too – it would be nice to put a name and face to our local BirdSigns.