It turns out that Gus, our blind bird, is not alone. There is a disease that is spreading rapidly in the area. An tiny organism gets into bird eyes and causes them to go blind. There’s nothing that can be done except keep the bird feeder and bird bath clean, according to our local experts at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Brenda washed everything with chlorine bleach yesterday.
We’ve also christened the bird bath, “Bethesda” or “Beth-zatha” (John 5:2) — choose your Greek transliteration — but the pool angels haven’t been around to stir the waters. Besides, the blind birds are scrambling to get up on the bird feeder rather than into “Bethesda the Bird Bath,” so it seems an empty gesture.