The linemen today would balk at the conditions encountered by telegraph line builders during the Civil War in April 1864.
The line men, shinnied up a pole that had the nubs of the recently removed limbs sharply pointing out to dig and abrade the legs of the climbers.
Safety belts? No Way. Hard hats? The lucky had felt hats.
That isn’t birds on top of the poles – that’s the linemen.