An unfamiliar symphony penetrated deep, 




An unfamiliar symphony penetrated deep, blissful, edge-of-dawn sleep this morning. It was the sound of shattering glass falling through glass branches. No? Okay, it was the sound of birds, hundreds, maybe thousands of birds, close by, announcing the arrival of soft gray dawn. This wasn’t the usual morning chorus, with one bird at a time singing its own sweet song… no, this was a wild crowd of sound, no beat, no rhythm, no harmony. The crows – usually the first to greet the day – join in after a couple of minutes, and then I hear jays, cardinals, titmice and others, but the raucous chorale all but drowns them out. And then, waves of birds, dozens at a time, take wing from a white oak up the hill, black silhouettes against the soft gray sky, and the noise flies away. European starlings? I don't know. Rarely do I see large flocks of birds anymore. I’ll sacrifice a few minutes of sleep for that, any day. ~K








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