Posts tagged with "bird" - Faerye Net 2008-05-12T22:00:26+00:00 Felicity Shoulders My favorite thing about California 2008-05-12T22:00:26+00:00 2008-05-21T21:55:25+00:00 <p>I admit I&#8217;ve been pretty negative about moving to the Golden State. I&#8217;ve been ungrateful about the way the drivers and roads <a href="">are training my reflexes and skills</a>, and suggested that the state&#8217;s most lauded private academic institution is <a href="">a cruel maze</a> from which escape is perilous. I have, as my coworkers could tell you, stared out at blue-sky day after blue-sky day and sighed after the variation and excitement of cloud and rain.</p> <p>However, this state has its points. And chief among them, in my opinion, is the bird life. I&#8217;m not an ornithological authority, and apart from the occasional hummingbird or finch, I&#8217;ve little idea what birds are flitting around my yard and mocking my cat from behind glass. But they are many, diverse, and lovely. Qubit likes to watch them&#8230;or at least, feels compelled to do so. From the frustrated hacking growls she emits, I don&#8217;t think she enjoys it too much.</p><p> I like to listen to them. When I sit at my dining room table, their songs come from several directions. I feel surrounded by their music. In my study, I can hear the clear repeated trills of a bird that frequents the tree in the front yard. These songs are far different from those I&#8217;m used to in Oregon, the sounds that are so much a part of my childhood I barely heard them until I left the state and returned. These are more tropical, like the calls at the zoo, from the aviary or on a looped soundtrack at an exhibit. They are merry and beautiful, clearer and more warming than the sunshine. I won&#8217;t live in California forever, and I&#8217;ll miss the birds when I go.</p>