I have no sympathy for the mapaches — raccoons — who are tearing up my new sod, and I want them gone one way or another. But I’m extremely interested in the local ecology, where buzzards serve as an important part of the natural cycle of death and regeneration. On our walk Wednesday morning Gloria and I saw two buzzards and another bird tearing apart a dead fish that had washed up on shore from one of the fake lakes, i.e. “water features”. When the fierce looking birds are done, instead of a stinky rotting dead fish, there will be shreds of skin, nothing more, and perhaps some bones.