Feeling free while flying as a bird on high!

Flying from the ground on up has been a persistent dream of mine and I wonder if I was some sort of bird in a previous life.

Don’t laugh. I believe in reincarnation and there is something about the company of birds I really like. Whenever I saw a bird I feel it is a good omen. It may just be a vulture flying high above an expressway as I turn onto the highway and try to ease unnecessary thoughts from my mind. I become relaxed and “into” driving, with no worry that I’m going to be late or unprepared for the eventual destination because I have left the house early and look forward to the clam.

I feed birds in my back patio. Several cats each day perch on a large window seat in my dining room, gazing for hours at the friendly flying friends. I can identify the common sparrows and what my son called British starlings. We also get a pack of pigeons that I’m not too fond of and their smaller cousins, the mourning doves. All coo upon arrival at the one-story roof adjacent to the yard. They have showed up before the regular feeding time and they all want to get the food as soon as possible.

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 The starlings are an unusual bunch. They gather around an old dog bowl which I pour dry cat food for the feral cats that show up. One female just had kittens less than week ago. I saw them hidden away the first night but all were gone the next day except for one black and white one that died and remained at the suckling site.

The tiny cat lets me pet her. I even opened the screen door once and allowed her in the kitchen where she went nose to nose with the gigantic male cat – a Maine coon– who exchanged sniffs with her before I ushered her out the door. My son has two cats — Jack and Daniel. You can guess what he was thinking of when choosing their names. The feral cats eat just a portion of the dry food because the starlings eagerly peck at the food, chasing each other once one has gotten a little morsel in its beak for consumption elsewhere. I’m happy that none of the pet food goes to waste.

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My favorite visitors are the blue jays and the cardinals. They concentrate on the black oily seeds I place at four locations. The jays are quite noisy and seem to stay aloof from the others. The cardinals on the other hand are sociable and don’t mind hanging out with the less colorful sparrows.

I’m particularly keen on cardinals because it was the very first word my son uttered. H must have  heard his mom and dad get excited whenever the birds came and he wanted to share that joy with us verbally.

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I’ve had vivid dreams of flying. I start off with a running jump as if I’m a superman from one of the old television series. I “jump” forward into the wind and glide several feet above the ground moving slowly at first and then picking up speed as I progress through the city or the countryside.

Perching on rooftops, I’d gracefully leap into the air and make my way above the tree tops and the people and traffic below. It is exhilarating and fun. I can see why birds can have a lot of fun in the air. I also think they enjoy playing with us humans, particularly those birds that seem to fly directly into your moving car like kamikaze pilots and pull up just at the last moment before flying to who knows where.

They represent freedom to me . . . Letting your imagination fly above and beyond can also be freeing.

5 comments on “Feeling free while flying as a bird on high!

  1. Jahlin says:

    Deep thought! Thanks for contributing.

  2. Ah! Two bird lovers! My blue jays and woodpeckers love the dry cat food. So, I leave a bowl on top of the cat shelter for them and a bowl in the cat shelter for the cats. All the other birds prefer the black oil sunflower seeds. All life matters and I believe that St. Francis and Buddah knew this to be true.

    • contoveros says:

      I got a statues of St. Francis standing as well the Buddha sitting in my yard. They’re both welcoming the birds and other critters. They agree that all life matters and offer love and compassion to all!

  3. I too appreciate the birds. I belong to Cornell University’s Ornithology Lab and collect bird data for them every year. I have multiple feeders in my backyard and several species of birds. Those you mention – blue jays, cardinals, sparrows, mourning doves. Also goldfinches, black-capped chickadees, Carolina wrens, juncos, catbirds, woodpeckers, house finches, nuthatches, and titmice. I may have missed some. An occassional squirrel and racoon may visit as well. The creatures fill me with amazement. They help me to slow down and notice.

    • contoveros says:

      Wow, You really know your birds!

      We got possum visiting us every now and then. One fell into a trash can and we took him or her to the Schuylkill River Nature Center where they took care of the little critter. Unfortunately, we also get some skunks too.

      I have a statue of St. Francis on the ground and a statue of the Buddha perched on a wooden crate that we once kept a rabbit. I love all of them visiting the house and sharing in the great outdoors.

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