With all the recent hoopla surrounding peregrine falcons nesting at the new San Jose City Hall and the webcam capturing the whole scenario, folks are getting the birdwatching itch again. Silicon Valley has always been a birdwatching hotbed, with expeditions extending out into the nearby wilderness and some folks merely tromping through their own back yards to identify, say, an oak titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) or a California thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum). Since I know little of such things, I decided to embark on my own birdwatching adventure and gawk at all the dead pigeons underneath the overpass at the Lawrence Expressway Caltrain station in Sunnyvale. In Latin, we shall call them Mortuus pigeons procul syrma constituo.
--Gary Singh, Silicon Alleys