Rock that baby g e e ently back to sleep
Wednesday February 10th 2010, 11:25 pm
Filed under: Life,Wildlife

La Restaurante des Oiseaux tends to get its heaviest feather-and-foot traffic at breakfast, lunch, and dinner-type intervals. Curious, that.

And so it was during a quiet time of no activity there that my childrens’ birdfeeder started swaying ever so gently back and forth. Nothing was nor had been on it.  Huh.  I glanced over at the other; same thing, very rhythmic, the two doing a slow dance in perfect tandem.

And yet the leaves on the trees were still. No breeze there.

I’ll just bet you, I thought.  I gave them a little time to record it, then checked the time at the USGS site a little later.  A baby quake, epicenter right about here, not enough heft to it to feel for anyone over the size of perhaps a chickadee.

(Hey, Illinois: yours today was conjectured to have been caused by the earth being relieved of the weight of the ice age, according to this article.  Quick!  Tell Washington, DC to stop shoveling, now, or they’re in for it!)

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I had to laugh at the “Tell Washington DC to stop shoveling”. Living here, I want to shovel!

Comment by Laura 02.11.10 @ 5:36 am

Living on the Canadian Shield as I do, I don’t get to experience those swayings and movements. Not that I’m complaining, mind you – I like the solidness of all that granite below my feet…

Comment by Sandra 02.11.10 @ 6:30 am

Just a little crack in the veneer?

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 02.11.10 @ 7:57 am

We had a similar experience a few years back. There’s a quarry about a mile up the road, and there was a rumble that felt a little different… Sure enough, about an hour later, we learned that there had been a little tremble that wasn’t caused by man.

Comment by Channon 02.11.10 @ 8:32 am

Hmmmm… what earthshaking revelation were you having about then? I bet it’s a new lace shawl design!!!

Comment by Diana Troldahl 02.11.10 @ 9:39 am

Ah, yes. One squirrel says to his mate “Did the earth move for you?” Heh!

Comment by Barbara-Kay 02.11.10 @ 9:52 am

I doubt all our shoveling makes much difference since we just move it off the sidewalk and onto the lawn (and then the wind starts trying to blow it back.) I remember hearing the warning once that the weight of all of the collections of National Geographic Magazines in all of the houses in the US might be enough to sink the continent . . .

Comment by LauraN 02.11.10 @ 6:27 pm

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