NZ Court Says Yes To Petrobras 22nd June, 2012

And Sadly,  John Key’s First Asset Sale Agreement Is Likely To Be Voted In Today, 26th June, 2012. Protests against the sale of NZ state-owned assets is huge, with Greens Russel Norman, Winston Peters,  Hone Harawira, and other prominent politicians opposing the bill, but John Key ploughs on.  We should put him on one of those oil rigs, take away his little boat and his fuel to run the works, and provide him with just a fishing line.  He might learn a thing or two.

Greenpeace Oppose Oil Drilling In All Waters, Including New Zealand.  Concerned New Zealand Iwi, who are the respective Maori communities, have opposed John Key’s proposal for drilling in our waters by Petrobras, and other petroleum companies.  But the government ignores all sensible pleas for conservation, and ignores the outcry against selling off  our public assets and resources.  They simply do not care anything at all about the people of New Zealand, or the environment, or keeping living expenses here affordable for all, only about the dream of the weight in their purse-strings.

The National government politicians all seem to have gold nuggets for eye-balls, just like Scrooge from the Walt Disney comics. Or the  prominent rich Jews in pre-Hitler Germany.  That is why Hitler’s hatred for the Jews was allowed by the common people, and why the German people blindly accepted his insane ideologies.  Because the people had been made so poor by the predominantly Jewish bankers and merchants who controlled the economy, they went along with Hitler’s mad and horrendous plan to get rid of the Jews.   Watch out.  Watch out.  Jack Frost is about.

What madness is this, then, to let Petrobras drill for oil in our water?  We have already had a little taste of an oil disaster  with the shipwrecked Rena still lying in the bay off the coast of Tauranga.  The effects of the Tauranga Mt Maunganui Rena oil spill are not pleasant by any means, and the disaster has brought a huge cost on clean-up to the NZ tax-payer and volunteers alike.  This  mini-disaster, apart from costing millions of dollars to clean up, has caused pollution for miles and miles down the coast, ruined fishermen’s livlihoods,  killed off many birds, fish and sea mammals, and ruined the food supply along the Eastern coast of the North Island of New Zealand.

As well as all that, the tourism industry has been very badly affected, with many local businesses in the Tauranga area being forced to shut down.  This dive to the general economy should be something that the National government is interested in, even if they are not interested in the deprivation which people have suffered as a consequence of the disaster.  Tourist operaters and fishing boats were forced to shut down because they did not have the funds to sustain themselves while they were waiting for the clean-up, and for the ocean to restore itself again to something tourists might pay to go and see.

Hundreds of these people are now on the dole.  One side-effect to the mini Rena oil disaster.

Opposition has been high to John Key’s National Government filching the fat of the land for the benefit of overseas companies who won’t have to live with the consequences when a major oil spill occurs here.

Petrobras may have been given the ‘green light’ by John Key’s National Government, and by the High Court Judge in Wellington on Friday, but Petrobras have come under fire back in Brazil for their international performance.  Their performance is far less than exemplary, and has led to a halt being put on their activities in Brazilian waters, which is ANOTHER good reason NOT to allow them to come here with their drilling equipment.


Korean Family Feeding The Homeless In Christchurch New Zealand

How The Christchurch Earthquake Aftermath Is Bringing Out The Best In People.

A beautiful ‘loaves and fishes’ story about very caring and generous people  featured on Sunday morning television, TVNZ channel one, July 1st, 2012.  The story reminds me of one I saw on a Jamie Oliver programme around six months ago, of a taxi-driver’s family in New Orleans, who regularly cook to feed several hundred homeless people living in the subways underground.

You wouldn’t think that New Zealand has a poverty problem.  But there is poverty in New Zealand, with many children affected by it.  Many children in South Auckland, Christchurch, Hawkes Bay, and other places, do not have enough food to eat, let alone good shoes to walk to school in, or a raincoat to prevent them from getting wet.

The Christchurch earthquake has made the problem worse for people living there.  As well, the economic down-turn, and the national government reducing the amount of help available in the way of state-housing and other benefits, is also having an effect on the already-poor.

The  TV1 story was about a Korean family who emigrated to Christchurch, New Zealand, over a decade ago.  Dad is a taxi-driver, like the man from New Orleans, and Mum is a school teacher-aide.

Life is hard in any new country for immigrants, as we can well believe, and the hardships resulting from the devastating earthquakes in Christchurch must have added to the difficulties that this family already experienced.

But the Chung  family in Christchurch considers that they are  blessed in many ways, and this has made them determined in their striving to do good for others less fortunate than they are.

Their plan to help others really works because they are so ‘together’ as a family.  It is the co-operative effort which gives them the ability to feed the homeless community in central Christchurch. Mum and Dad both working jobs  to feed the family and get them through their schooling.  Behind the scenes, they have a  strong Korean church community at the Presbyterian church of St Ninians, which obviously helps to keep their faith strong, andwhich must  help support them in their life as immigrants in New Zealand.

The Chung family from Korea exemplify the essence of Christian values, and they bring the christian principle of ‘love thy neighbour’ into action in a very big-hearted way.  They count their Blessings, and consider that they are quite well off by comparison with others.  They see that while their house might be leaky as a result of the earthquake, and that they do not have money to spend on luxuries, there are many people in Christchurch who are really suffering.  Many people there are homeless.  Many people do not have enough to eat.  So the Chung family make a concerted effort to help change things.

Every Sunday, the whole family get up very early, no matter what the weather, and get cooking to provide meals for several hundred homeless or poverty-stricken people living around Christchurch.  The whole family is involved, with the children allocated their own tasks.

At first, they used to provide the meals free of charge.  But the numbers which needed feeding grew so dramatically, that they could not buy the food out of their pay packets, and so had to put a small price on the meals.  Nowadays, for a small sum,  they provide a full three-course meal for everybody who comes to the park to get fed every Sunday.

We can all take a page out of the Chung family’s book on charity and love.  They remind us that ‘What the World Needs Now, Is Love, Sweet Love’, as the 1965 Burt Bacharach-Hal David song goes.  ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ is what Jesus was really on about.  We should all be trying to share something  every day of what we possess with those less fortunate than we are.  If we all do it, even in a small way, then the world will become  a better place.

The Chung family in Christchurch are indeed a loving and caring family who extend their love out into the wider community to help people less fortunate than they are.


Earthquake Tonight In Wellington New Zealand 3rd July 2012

A Massive Earthquake 7.0 Magnitude on the Richter Scale has struck Wellington.  This has just come over the news tonight on Channel One, TVNZ, at 10.30 PM, read by Greg Boyed.

The earthquake was at first thought to be a Magnitude 6.5, but this assessment has been now established as Magnitude 7.

The quake was centred  nearly 70 kilometres north of Wellington,  just south of Opunake in  South Taranaki,  and was 240 kilometres deep.  The shaking was felt very strongly in Wellington, with the tremors lasting between 5-7 seconds.  It was felt as far away as Blenheim, and the Kapiti Coast –   ‘Fr9m Gore in the South Island, to  Hamilton and Auckland in the North Island’, said the news the following morning.

It is full moon tonight – as peaceful a night as could be here by the sea in Orewa, North Auckland.  Yet much of the North Island has only just settled down after dreadful storms which, in the early hours of the morning,  threatened to blow down the pohutakawa trees which hang over our house, and blow out the glass from the windows.  And even if there wasn’t a tsunami, the sea sounded so angry and so close, I half expected my basement flat to be flooded any minute.

I must say that the tension in the air today, despite the ceasing of the storm, was so intense that I almost put up a post warning about a disaster striking somewhere.  But since I could not tell exactly WHERE this was going to happen, I refrained from doing so.  I felt sure that an earthquake would strike, since the anxiety I felt grew and grew, and there was no reason for this to be so, other than forces outside my own control.  My nervous system seemed affected, I felt decidedly unsettled, and I felt quite distraught.  But earlier in the evening, for some reason which I did not know, the tension left me and I felt normal again.  Then I found on the news that a big earthquake really HAD struck New Zealand today.

Can you predict an Earthquake?  Well – Dogs, cats, and other animals can sense when earthquakes are about to strike, and so can we, if we can clear our minds sufficiently to process the information imparted by our senses.  This is because the magnetic energies  emanating from the earth change dramatically just before an earthquake.  The frequency becomes extremely high and intense, and this affects the nervous system, causing us to feel  so unsettled and anxious.

The Full Moon is another factor in why this big earthquake has struck tonight.  Full Moon, New Moon, Mars or Uranus, Pluto, or  Saturn in challenging aspects to the Sun, or Moon, or in Retrograde phase,  are all inclined to bring dramatic events such as earthquakes, storms and other unusual weather patterns.

Tsunami In New Zealand: On a personal level, I feel I should get a move along and relocate away from the beach at Orewa. It is only a matter of time, and we WILL have a tsunami crisis here, especially with earthquakes becoming more regular, and hitting the North Island, rather than confining themselves more to Christchurch, which is in the South Island, a nice long way away from Auckland in the North.

Around 9 months ago I had a vision of a tsunami coming into Orewa.  I was standing outside our house, on the ridge of sand which rolls down to the beach, watching the on-coming tsunami with my neighbour.  The wave looked kind of cloudy, sullied with sand and grime.  As it rolled uneavenly towards us, gaining momentum, I thought that there was still time to make a run for it, to get away up on the hill at the end of the beach.   Then I ran back ‘for the baby’ – My Grandson was back in the flat, for some reason.  The dream ended there.

One interpretation was that the tsunami coming from outside our shores, to hit us here in New Zealand, was that the economic crisis in Europe would affect our economy here, causing much disruption and distress.  This has had an effect on people in New Zealand, but more because of our national Key-led government who tend to ignore the plight of the poor, and to feather their own nests instead, rather than any direct consequence of the European crisis.

The other interpretation which I put on this dream, is the more literal one:  A tsunami which comes and causes upheaval and devastation here.  The effect of the tsunami I saw did not look to be as devastating and as dramatically awful as the Japanese one which struck Fukushima, but it looked ominous, nevertheless.  And yet, almost a year afterward, I am still here, on the beach, hoping that a tsunami will not come.  But this is madness, really.  I have no financial commitment to stay at the beach in such a dangerous spot.  I rent my flat, and  have no mortgage to pay here.  Tomorrow,  I will start looking more seriously for a place a bit further inland.


Two Earthquakes In Iran 11 August 2012

At Least 87  People Killed and 400 Injured

North West Iran was hit this evening by two earthquakes, Magnitude 6.3 and 6.4.  This news was announced this morning on BBC broadcast, around 4 AM 12 August New Zealand time.

The  main damage is in the villages near  Tabriz and Ahar.  At least four villages have been completely destroyed, and many other villages have been severly damaged, leaving houses demolished or broken.  Haris and Varzaqab, which are towns in the Azerbaijan province, have suffered dreadful losses of life and building damage.

The first earthquake happened at around 20.37 local time, according to a BBC News.  A reporter speaking  from Tehran said that the quakes were frightening, and many people fled their houses screaming and looking for safe cover.  He said that the communication lines were down, which is making it hard for rescue operations to be carried out efficiently.

At this stage, because of communication not working in the area, we cannot ascertain a true figure of the casualties.  Unfortunately, it is probable that the death toll may rise, as well as the total amount of injured people.

South East Iran was struck by a large earthquake on 21st December 2010, which killed at least 8 people. The two Earthquakes which have just happened around two hours ago in Iran have taken at least 87 lives, according to one report.

Another Nuclear Disaster Is Possible:  The loss of life and devastation from these earthquakes tonight is surely a terrible thing for the families concerned.  But – One has to wonder about the safety of the nuclear facilities and weapons which Iran boasts, which could cause more damage to the people and the environment in the long run.   Iran is just as vulnerable to damage to its nuclear power plants as Japan was and still is, because of the earthquake risk.  It is possible that radioactive contamination may even be occurring right at this moment, as a result of earthquake-damaged Iranian nuclear power plants.  This radioactive contamination ultimately reaches every last inch of the Earth, which is why nobody, anywhere, should be building nuclear power plants, or housing nuclear weaponry.  Any technology which is nuclear-powered is too hazardous for our vulnerable little planet, its plant and animal life, and its people.

These earthquakes should be a warning to the politicians and the powerful everywhere in the world, who want to maintain nuclear power plants and create nuclear weapons. Radioactive contamination could destroy life on Earth.

In the event of a major nuclear disaster, which could happen because of a series of big earthquakes, or even one massive one in a strategic spot, many people would die within a short time of radiation sickness.  Then, more people could die of slow-developing cancers and other debilitating sicknesses, as well as from starvation.  Photosynthesis could be halted, meaning that plants may not grow because of lack of adequate sunlight, or plants may become too toxic to eat, because of radiation fall-out.



Iran Earthquakes More Loss of Life Recorded In Azerbaijan

Iran Earthquakes:  Pray For The Stricken Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones, and For Those Who Need Help: 

Two Earthquakes, 6.4 and 6.3 Magnitude struck Iran on Saturday evening.

The Death Toll has, predictably, now  risen to over 180 people now, 6 pm NZ time 12 August 2012.  The numbers of those injured has risen from 400, the last figure given, to  over 1500 at the last count.  It is likely that there will be many more injured people who will need medical treatment.

Azerbaijan  lies on a major fault line, and is prone to seismic activity.  The people of the region are accustomed to earthquakes, and the national emergency centres are well-organized to cope with these disasters.  There are two thousand ambulances currently working in the area.

Although some serious earthquakes have already been experienced in Iran,  houses are still made of mud-brick.  Mud-brick would seem to be a most unsuitable building material to use in such an earth-quake prone region.   Mud-brick is a cheap building material, of course, but unfortunately it crumbles easily in a quake, unless there is a strong wooden or metal basis to the structure.  This the reason so many houses have been destroyed in these earthquakes.

Telephone communication lines have been down in many parts of North Western Iran, in the province of Azerbaijan where the two major earthquakes struck yesterday.  Because of the lines being out of action, the rescue effort to get people to treat the injured and get them to hospital was hampered, as people were unable to communicate their distress and their medical needs.  It is still likely that communication has not been restored in some of the towns, and that there are still people who will need help.

BBC have just reported at 1 AM NZ time 13 August, that the rescue operations have ended in Azerbaijan, and the help is now being concentrated on the many thousands of  people left homeless and hungry. They say that the villages in the outlying areas are small, and that people will know if there is anyone missing, and take care of the situation themselves.

BBC say tonight that the figure of those killed is 300 people, a 100 less than the report which came over our news at 6PM tonight, Sunday the 12th August.  This news item from BBC at 1 AM might actually be an older recording replayed for us in NZ.  400 was the figure given by Prime News earlier in the evening.

The two earthquakes struck 11 minutes apart.  The epicentre of the first was around 500 kilometers from the capital, Tehran, and around 60 kilometers from the city of Tabriz.  Its depth was around 9.9 kilometers.  The second quake was around  48 kilometers from Tabriz with a 9.8 kilometer depth, according to the US Geological Survey.  There are no deaths reported from the big cities, but the nearby villages north-west of Tabriz have been badly affected.

Six villages have been completely flattened, with  around 300 other villages being affected.  The villages of Azar, Haris, and Varzaqan are among those villages most badly damaged, with most mud-brick homes  there having being destroyed by the two earthquakes.

There have been many after shocks since the two big quakes on Saturday, which have made many people unsure about the safety of their own houses.

Emergency shelter is being provided for the homeless and for those too afraid to return home.  Tents, blankets and food are arriving to the region to help the thousands of earthquake victims.  Many goods have been donated by the people of Tehran.  Turkey, an immediate neighbour of Iran, has provided much of the outside help, in addition to the services provided by Iran’s national help centre.

Nuclear Disaster Always Is  Possiblity In An Earthquake:  These earthquakes should be a warning about the danger of establishing nuclear power stations in earthquake-prone regions such as Azerbaijan in North Western Iran.  Nuclear power stations, and nuclear weaponry, are dangerous things to have anywhere in the world, but they should especially be avoided in places where earthquakes are common.  The radioactive pollution which came from Fukushima in Japan, following the quake and tsunami there last year,  is something we should learn from.  Nuclear power, and nuclear weapons, should be abandoned by Iran, and by all countries in the world, including the big powers such as China and America.

BBC News at 2 AM NZ time, 13 August, say that the number of injured now exceeds 2000 people.  Many people are being housed in sports stadiums as well as tents.


NZ Volcanic Eruptions At Kermadecs Tongariro and White Island August 2012

HDR-sunsetThree Volcanoes in New Zealand Are Spilling Out Hot Ash and Gases.

In the same week, three volcanoes in the Antipodes have erupted. The eruption at Tongariro on Monday, 6th August 2012, caused a disruption to air traffic, and stopped some flights coming to and fro the Napier airport.

In the nearby villages below Mount Tongariro, earthquakes were felt at least two weeks before the eruption on the 6thAugust, and the rumblings from the mountain were causing a lot of worry to local residents.  They said that the mountain was surely going to blow anytime soon, and they were right.  The eruption caused rocks and ash to be thrown at least a kilometre into the air, the spectacle of which was just as impressive as the show put on by Mt Ruapehu when it erupted in 1995, by all accounts.

Meanwhile, White Island has also become active.  Tourists have been told to stay away because of the danger of a major eruption occurring at any time.  Now this is SENSIBLE advice:  STAY AWAY until the danger alert is well and truly over.

Initially, people were also warned to stay away from Mt Tongariro or its ski-fields, or from walking the tracks around the other two mountains in the region – Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe.  But these warnings have since been relaxed, and tourists are being encouraged, by some people in business, to come to the area.  This seems a little too soon for my liking – You would not get me going anywhere near the area for a good few weeks, especially when some scientists and government authorities have actually stated that it is a dangerous place to be.  It is a dangerous place to be, because authorities say ‘it could go up at any time, without warning’.

Greed can warp anyone’s sense of reality, causing people to behave irresponsibly, I guess.  Maybe it is good to remind ourselves of the potential danger inherent in Mt Tongariro at the moment?  Monday’s blast  which sent debris one kilometre into the air is nothing compared to the explosion which could come.

In 1982, an eruption at Galunggung in Java expelled  ash and pumice 15 kilometres into the air.  68 people were killed, and 22 villages destroyed.  This was a scale 4 eruption as measured by the Volcanic Explosive Indes.

In 1985, more than 23,000 people were killed in Columbia, when Ruiz erupted.  This was a scale 3 eruption as measured by the Volcanic Explosive Index.

In 1991, a scale 6 eruption occurred in the Philippines at Mount Pinatubo.  This explosion ejected a huge volume of ash and rock, enough to bury a city.  The eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 was also a scale 6 explosion on the VEI.   British artist JMW Turner  recorded this extraordinary ‘happening’ in some of his paintings.

In 1815, near Bali at Mt Tambora on the island of Sumbawa, near Bali, a massive eruption occurred.   This was a VEI 7 eruption which was heard in Sumatra,  900 miles away.   A mile off the top of the mountain was blown away with the volcanic material from the crater.  Tambora had been dormant for a long time, but it made up for lost time with this incredibly destructive explosion.  12,000 people were killed when Tambora first erupted, but even more people died of famine and disease in the aftermath of the eruption.  It is estimated that 80,000 people died as a result of the devastating effects to the environment following the eruption.

Nigel Cawthorne, in his ‘Doomsday’ book, says that 1816, the year following the Tambora eruption, became known as ‘the year without a summer’.  The seasons were thrown out of kilter because of the ash which darkened the sky, and the droplets of sulphuric acid which were expelled into the air from the volcano.  This would have caused acid rain which has a devastating effect on plant life.  It is estimated that the Sunlight coming to Earth was diminished by 88%.  Both these aspects, the acid rain, and the lack of sunlight,  would have  made the growing of food very difficult.  Famine affected much of the world, including Canada and Northern Europe, not to mention South East Asia.

White Island Danger Alert:  This has risen from Level One to a Level Two danger alert, as at Friday 10th August.  Again, it is interesting that while we are advised to stay away from the island, we are also given a conflicting report on television which says that there is no danger of it exploding anytime soon.  But how can scientists say this, when some reports have it that they did not know that Tongariro was going to erupt so soon?  The locals knew, because of the rumbling of the volcano, which kept them awake at night.

Tourists are still being advised to stay away from White Island and not to land upon it.  I reckon it is best to keep at least a kilometre or more between your boat and the island, and even then, if you are anywhere within five kilometres, in my estimation, you still may not be safe if the thing blows up beyond a scale  Two on the Volcanic Explosive Index.




Declining Bird Population, Cats, and The Future Of NZ Gardens

DSCO 1532Dunedin Botanical Gardens: Pics  taken by Merrilyn on Holly’s camera

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Plant More Flowering Trees Have Fewer Cats:  Cats are the worst menace to our birdlife generally, and especially to the delicate, fearless and friendly little fantail.  But the modern approach to gardens, i.e. not to have one except for useless palms and other non-flowering, non fruiting specimens, is spelling disaster for our birdlife, as well as imparting an ever more sense of drudge and worthlessness to the people who live in our big cities.

Art In Landscape:  Colour is everything.  We need the colour of trees, shrubs and flowers, and the sound of birds, to cheer us up  as we go about our daily business here on Earth.  Trees, flowers, herbs and weeds all have a purpose here on Earth, and one of them is to help advance our Souls.

So we need to protect our precious plants, our forests, and our gardens.  Every time a tree is cut down, two or more should be put in its place.

The problem is that people don’t keep gardens with good trees in them any more, and nor does our Auckland city council seem eager to plant any trees of the deciduous, fruiting or flowering kind, or pretty shrubs, in our parks and waysides.

The plantings that the Auckland City Council have done in proliferation around our new bus stations, motorways, and ‘park and ride’ facilities, are hideous to say the least.  All they have done is to plant monocultures of monotonous grasses and small green shrubs everywhere.   There is not a flowering shrub, tree, or a nice big specimen of English tree in sight to relieve the boredom of their landscapes in these relatively new gardens.  You might as well be in a supermarket, for all the joy you get from gazing at one of the Auckland City Council gardens on the North Shore bus routes.

The future of trees in our beautiful Auckland City is at risk, which means that the future of our birdlife is also at risk.

We are losing our beautiful trees, the wonderful specimens which our ancestors took great pains to bring here to make New Zealand a more lovely place.  Instead of keeping trees and gardens, modern yards get filled up with concrete to make parking areas.

City people often like to have concrete yards because they believe that they are the best thing,  being low maintenance.  This attitude is really such a pity, for the aforesaid reasons.   And this current attitude towards keeping a garden is a real shame, because gardens do not have to be a lot of trouble.

At the very least,  if you do not want to be spending time in the garden, your back yard should be the home of one largish tree, such as a silver birch, a maple, or an oak if you have the room, with some citrus, apple trees,  or flowering camelias.  These things take almost no work, except for the occasional pruning of the fruit trees, and the mowing of the lawns.  Simply by keeping trees of some sort in your garden, you are providing food for the birds, as well as a place for them to live.  Bringing life into your garden will enhance your own life., and bring joy to your neighbours.

The glory of  gardens with their flowers, and trees and shrubs of all kinds, and big and small trees which grace  the streets and our public places, is an important aspect of city life.  We need gardens and trees to soothe our souls, especially in the city, where the boredom of grey concrete overwhelms us, and the drudge of being indoors working, and the feeling of being ‘just another cog in the wheel’ do nothing to enhance the soul or to contribute towards a feeling of self-worth.

The glory and worth of a garden with its flowers and tall and small trees of many kinds, and the valuae of trees and gardens which should grace every streetscape, cannot be underestimated.

Beautiful gardens help people to become more balanced in their thinking, and in their actions.  Trees and birds charm our sensibilities and soothe the nerves.  Trees and birds gladden the heart and make us conscious of  Mother Nature and our Creator.

We need our gardens to be full of life, vitality, and colour.  Auckland City Council would do well to put more effort into planting more colourful gardens, full of interest, colour, texture, and shape, with  deciduous and flowering trees and shrubs.  One benefit of creating more beautiful parks and bus-stations would be less crime and less violence.

Cats Are Kiling Off Our Fantails and Other Beautiful Birds:  I remember the times when  fantails regularly visited our gardens.   Nowadays, you rarely see them. I was delighted and charmed, but also alarmed,  to see a pair of fantails in the garden here at Orewa beach, just yesterday.  They make such a lovely happy sound as they flit from the trees, but this happy sound alerts the nearby cats to their presence, and so I knew that the local predators who prowl my yard would be lurking not far away, ready to catch them.  Because of the cats,  I wasn’t altogether thrilled to see this pair of fantails, even though it has been at least two years or more since I saw one.

The last I saw of them was last evening again, flitting low over the lawn by the goldfish pond, where they must catch plenty of sandflies and midges.  I chased the cats away several times during the day.  Today, the fantails have disappeared.  I guess the cats got them early this morning, at first light, when no human was about to protect them.

These local cats even kill off the white doves which come to the garden whenever I feed the birds.  They have killed two that I know of, which were each one of a pair.  Now these two birds are without their partners and will not breed for this season.

So much for cats.