May 2, 2004

To the Starling Who Makes a Lot of Noise:

I am not going to eat your babies. Sam is not going to either. Our cat Abeeza would definitely like to eat your babies, but he cannot get to your nest.

You have put us in a slightly difficult situation by building your nest over our front door. Though it may look like we are always planning an attack on you and your offspring, we are really just entering and exiting our house. Please do not be alarmed when you see us. Even when we are sitting on our porch railing, we mean you no harm. You can come and go as you please.

The cat, while he may look quite intimidating, is not an actual threat. The worst he will do is stare at you and twitch his tail. He has no access to the roof, and he cannot climb the drain pipes.

I would ask you to please consider your noise level. I understand if you feel the need to squawk when we come upon you by surprise, but there is really no need for prolonged squawking, especially at six in the morning. I promise that you are in no danger, no matter the time of the day.

I hope this letter has cleared up and confusion on your part.