There is one particular journalist in Toronto who consistently writes excellent copy on a variety of subjects and I am a big fan of his work. I even took a course under his tutelage back in the early spring and thoroughly enjoyed it. He is an erudite and intelligent man whose wife is also a journalist; I follow both of them on Twitter but have only met the husband. I know they have a young family and I know they love living in Toronto (they have settled down in an emerging, dare I say "hip" part of town). This family is the very definition of "urbanite", in my opinion, and - judging from their writings, because I don't truly know them "in real life" - they wear it exceedingly well.
|Baby Red-Winged Blackbird|
|Adult Red-winged Blackbird|
Something else I found quite disquieting about the comments, particularly on Twitter, was the fact that a great many people didn't realize that a "black bird with red marking on its wing" found down by the shore of Lake Ontario is a "Red-winged Blackbird". I don't understand how it's possible to be an educated person living anywhere near a large body of water in Canada well into your adult years and not know exactly what a Red-winged Blackbird looks and sounds like. But virtually every commenter seemed either unsure of what type of bird it was or completely unconcerned as to why the entire incident had transpired. This makes me very unhappy indeed: what could possibly be the explanation for this ignorance?
|Tim stroking a dove on a farm in 2001|
|Jill, Tim and Sarah at the Toronto Zoo|
Otherwise it becomes all too easy to get caught up in the steel and asphalt world of the inner city, no matter how much you may enjoy that lifestyle, and completely forget that your species is not the only one on the planet.
And if you want to know how you should handle a fledgling landing on you out of nowhere, take a tip from this guitar player and singer by the name of Josh Williams at a Bluegrass Festival in North Carolina last spring. You can hear the bird cheeping from the very beginning of the video from somewhere up in the rafters, I suppose, but he makes his first appearance on camera at around the 1:30 mark. The video from that point on is almost heartbreakingly sweet.