There was a short segmet on NPR about the increasing overlap in the living areas of humans and wildlife. I had been thinking about that myself, after a trip to Lowe’s over the weekend. For at least a year, there have been a set of birds living inside the store. It’s one of those big warehouse style stores and there are always a few birds up in the trusses under the ceiling. I’m pretty sure I saw at least once nest as well.
It must be mostly heaven for the birds - wonderful climate, lots of space to fly in and probably enough spillage of seeds and whatnot to be a feast. I do wonder, however, what happens to the poor birds who go out the doors right before closing and then can’t get back in. It’s a bit strange to worry about bird droppings while shopping.
I also wonder if the management has deliberately left the birds there, although it could be difficult to suppress them (you can’t shoot them inside the building, and poisoned seeds might well leave little decaying bird bodies around for customers to find). People in general like birds. Maybe the management considers having birds (for free!) a feature and the negative PR from exterminating them might be a deterrent as well. It’s a sign of the times, however, that the birds weren’t immediately disposed of. It’s quite a shift in attitude from even fifty years ago.