I have no birds words

birdsWe had a little errand over in Livonia this morning and we were negotiating the dangerously crappy old-skool cloverleaf-style interchange ramp taking us from M14 east to I275 north. I was not driving. We were not going very fast. I looked up. Wow! Miraculously, I was able to get my iPhone camera open and pointed at this sign soon enough that I could wait a few *seconds* until we got close enough for me to get the best possible shot. How often does that happen? Not to mention that the sign points to my home city, none other than The Planet Ann Arbor! You know, where all the “weird-ohs” live 🐽. Whatever. I’m taking it all as a good omen. Not sure what that omen portends although I do have a few things on my wish list. I’ll let you guess.

When I got to thinking about it, I was reminded of the gorgeous boat trip we took in Sarasota Bay a couple years ago, guests of The Mean Old Grumpy (not really!) Aunt Suze and Cap’n Ed. Throughout the cruise I noticed gulls and seabirds of all sorts sitting atop channel marker signs. I wish I had 100 photoooos of that phenomenon but it was a while before I got over my awe of the overall experience enough to start noticing the details. Like, what the heck are those birds doing sitting on top of those channel markers? Obviously they were fishing! Duh. To me (at first) they were just birds sitting on top of a sign. But look into their eyes. This is business!

Birds are mostly a passing interest for me. I’d rather watch birds than fight for the latest electronic gewgaw or “fashion sensation” at the mall on Black Friday. I mostly experience nature in a broad brush way and rarely have the patience to seek out the details. So I wonder why all of those birds were lined up along the Ann Arbor freeway sign. They certainly weren’t fishing. Bird aficionados?

2 Responses to “I have no birds words”

  1. Margaret Says:

    It’s a bird party! They are flocking animals, right? So a few gather, then a BUNCH. I’m fascinated by how they communicate with each other to get those groups together.

  2. Marquis Says:

    They do it to sleep