Posted by: atowhee | December 12, 2021

BIG BIRDS

My wife and I often comment on how pleasant it is to live in a fairly quiet neighborhood. There are the crows and occasional overhead cacklers. Once in awhile some plane from the airport a mile away. The horror The sound of southbound trains as they head out of town toward Albany. A sound that speaks to those of us raised in places where long-distance trains ran, their whistles a storied part of the American soundscape.

Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance
Everybody thinks it’s true.
–Paul Simon

We may soon hear the sound of silence (another Simon phrase) drowned out. A freelance screamer has been spotted near our home:

The pea-bird may be an escapee, or perhaps he was dropped off by an owner wishing to have an afternoon nap, quietly. While the turkeys are native to eastern and southern U.S.and Mexico, the peafowl is native to India and has been widely domesticated (in a broad sense) and scattered around the world from there.


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