“It’s a doggy-dog world out there” our DDH used to say. It was his quip about the dog-eat-dog world in tough times.
Actually, a better way to put it could be it’s a “birdy-bird” world, if yesterday’s horror is any indication. Alfred Hitchcock (The Birds) knew whereof he filmed.
Yesterday, I heard a thump on my big picture window in the kitchen. Birds have occasionally flown against the window, so I walked over and looked out, expecting to see a little bird staggering around from the impact.
What I saw horrified me. A blue jay, actually it’s a scrub jay, was attacking a smaller bird, struggling to get away. Probably the jay had chased the little guy into the window and when it fell back on the lawn, the jay had pinned it down with one of its claws as it pecked it mercilessly.
I ran to get my camera and began clicking away until, sickened, I had to stop. A minute or two later, the jay picked up the remains and flew away. I’ll never see scrub jays the same way again.
The investing lesson here? Just because something (company, person) looks good and moves in beautiful swoops, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dig deeper into it, looking for dangerous flaws.
Here are some of the pictures. WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES.