Good Day World!
A rogue band of Loony Birds (Genus: Lunaticis) has been holding the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Center in Oregon hostage since January 2nd.
(Illustration Wikipedia Commons)
It's unclear how many, and what types of birds have been affected by the Loony invasion.
Here's what we know:
According to the Center's website:
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was established on August 18, 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt as the Lake Malheur Reservation. Roosevelt set aside unclaimed government lands encompassed by Malheur, Mud and Harney Lakes “as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds.”
You can find over 300 types of birds there. Here's just a sampling:
Avocets, stilts, willets, killdeers, coots, phalaropes, rails, tule wrens, yellow-headed black birds, black terns, Forster’s terns, Caspian terns, pintail, mallard, cinnamon teal, canvasback, redhead and ruddy ducks. Canada geese, night herons, great blue herons, Farallon cormorants, great white pelicans, great glossy ibises, California gulls, eared grebes, and Western grebes.
You won't find Loony Birds on the list. Crazy Loons just aren't welcome. That's because they don't belong there.
Thus far, authorities are letting the Loonys strut around the building in hopes they'll get bored and fly off to the lower regions of Florida, where they can hang out with more like-minded species such as the Mangrove Cuckoo population.
Birds of a feather and all.
Time for me to walk on down the road...