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April 25th, 2003

feathers and stuff

I love the return of the migratory birds in Spring. Last night I walked in Papago park in Phoenix, and marveled at quail hopping among the cactus. I hear birdsong everywhere I go. I'm a bird lover, but not really a birder. I watch all sorts of birds, not always knowing their species names. I just like their intricacy and grace.

I also like to learn about my LJ friends, most of whom I think of as being their LJ names (which makes for pronunciation issues with some of the more intriguing names like deriasys). So I thought I'd celebrate birds--and my LJ readers--by coming up with a bird-brained poll in which I can learn more about folks on LJ and their favorite birds.

Poll #127977 Birdland

The bird which most closely resembles you is:

The albatross. It's ungainly, it's got a hard time with take-off and a klutzy landing, but any way you slice it, it's tres cool and good in cold situations
8(32.0%)
The American kestrel. I may look like an over-sized sparrow, but I'm really a bird of prey, and I have a kinda nifty coloration, too!
4(16.0%)
A crow, of course. Maligned, misunderstood, but so independent and so free!
3(12.0%)
The scissortail flycatcher! Watch me catch bugs in mid-air!
4(16.0%)
House sparrow. I may not be unusual, but I have a good time of it
6(24.0%)

The killdeer is a kind of suburban plover which builds its nest on the ground. When an intruder comes too near, a killdeer may do the "broken wing dance", running along the ground, pretending to have a broken wing, to distract the intruder from the nest. Without divulging any dark secrets, what is in your personal life's nest for which your journal serves as a "broken wing dance" to distract your readers from what is really happening?

What would be the coolest thing about being a hummingbird?

wings that flap faster than anything!
2(8.0%)
compact size and grace!
6(24.0%)
incredible bravery in a small package!
7(28.0%)
it's all about the nectar, dude!
6(24.0%)
ruby throat, green wings, who could ask for more?
4(16.0%)

What's your favorite bird?

Okay, you're in coastal California, trapped among pecking birds in a Hitchcock movie. What do you do?

Call Charlton Heston to bring the bird gun!
7(29.2%)
Call the Animal Planet cable television network to bring some bird seed!
9(37.5%)
Call the cell phone company and get a partial rebate, because you won't need the rest of this month's minutes
2(8.3%)
Call Rick Dees, radio DJ, and request that he play "Disco Duck"
3(12.5%)
Call Blockbuster Video, and see if they have "Birdman of Alcatraz"
3(12.5%)

If you were a bird, what would you look like?

Which bird would you rather be?

Walter Pidgeon
0(0.0%)
Rebecca Pidgeon
1(4.8%)
Charlie Parker ("Bird")
10(47.6%)
Larry Bird
1(4.8%)
Hootie the Owl
9(42.9%)

Help kick of the "bird series"! What species of bird should Gurdonark write a post about?

Using metaphor liberally, describe which bird you think is the most "spiritual", and why?

When you die, you want to go to the kind of afterlife where they:

dance the funky chicken with grace
5(20.8%)
pogo like punky penguins
11(45.8%)
do some 60s go go dance called "The Crane" you have to learn at summer camp
3(12.5%)
do a dance called the Parrot, which is a lot like the macarena, only with more squawking
0(0.0%)
dance Swan Lake
5(20.8%)

If you could fly within a two hundred mile radius, where would you visit that you've never been?

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