Where I work, there was a great pine tree which was recently chopped (actually, sawed) down.
Prior to its demise, this tall pine was visited often by lizards and birds.
After its removal, though, the remaining stump has seemed to hold a fascination for a pair of dark birds, and I'm stumped (no pun intended) as to why. I don't know what kind they are. They're not juncos, but are about the same size.
They are not actively seeking bugs or such - they simply stand on the stump looking around and at each other, sometimes walking around on it.
Is it because this was their tree, and they are confused? They still feel an attraction to it? They had a nest in it?
This is in Santa Cruz, on the central California Coast.