Something very disturbing and disheartening happened to the bird population in our Lakewood neighborhood as a result of the fireworks.
On the evening of the July 4, someone in the neighborhood fired an extensive number of aerial shells which came into contact with the trees. There were 16 species of birds nesting in the vicinity of my yard. On the morning of July 5, they were all gone.
The game camera pointed at the bird feeder typically captures 70 to 90 photos a day; there were no photos of birds as of July 7. All of the birds that were nesting have vanished.
I can well imagine fireworks startling birds from their roosts, and I can think of no other explanation for what happened here. We have lived here for 17 years, and there have always been fireworks with no obvious impact on the bird population. But the fireworks in the past were not as extensive as they were this year.
Well-intended people usually do not understand the unintended consequences of their seemingly innocent actions. In this case I suspect that the rockets used were illegal.