I think we're having some sort of bird political uprising here. We've got a nest that is re-used every year by some sort of purple finch. Lately we've been hearing and witnessing lots of noise by the cat birds (and, dh says, blue birds as well) in the bushes.
Yesterday, I witnessed lots of barn swallows flying around the finch nest. Something is going on out there.
"Slavery ended in medieval Europe only because the church extended its sacraments to all slaves and then managed to impose a ban on the enslavement of Christians (and of Jews). Within the context of medieval Europe, that prohibition was effectively a rule of universal abolition. "— Rodney Stark