|When Word Spreads Birds Gather Fast (standard:travel stories, 906 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Feb 23 2013||Views/Reads: 1145/789||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Word spreads very fast among the bird community, Juggernaut learned this fact first hand very fast.|
When Word Spreads Birds Gather Fast Subba Rao Loud street noise and without elevators, the condo on Walua Road was certainly over priced but again the bright sun sets to watch from the porch compensates. On clear days, shades of yellow to crimson light linger on the horizon well after the sun sets into the ocean. Juggernaut understood from the meteorology course at the college long time ago that it was the scattering of violet and blue lights by the air molecules that generate hues of yellow to red sun sets and for this to happen the clean air is crucial. In Hawaii, with far less air pollution, the sun at dawn and dusk were always spectacular under the clear skies. The sun sets at Kailua-Kona were as good as seen at Negril beach in Western Jamaica or from Old Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon, Florida or Sombrero Beach on the Florida Keys. During the walks on Alii or Walua Road, Juggernaut noticed several birds either in flight or resting on the trees, on one occasion a group of parrots flew over a nearby tree, raising hopes that parrots do exist on the Big Island. There were more birds to be seen at Kona on west side of the island though it is dry with less tress unlike the rainforest on Puna district on the southeast side of the island. With the idea of attracting the parrots, Juggernaut placed bird feed on the narrow porch and watched eagerly to see a house finch landing suspiciously to feed on the seeds. Then came few Java sparrows with colorful head gear followed by few doves, and then came two bright yellow saffron finches to join the group. The narrow porch besides offering sunset views also provided a feeding ground for the finches, doves and sparrows. The bird population multiplied quickly as if the word went around fast among the bird community of a bird feeder. Though no parrots were noticed thus far, a lone red cardinal appeared on the porch to check out the surroundings, the cardinal came alone for the first time just like saffron finch lone visit earlier joined by its mate later. Sooner or later, the word should spread beyond the doves, finches, sparrows and cardinals into the parrot community to come and join the feeding frenzy on the porch. While feeding the birds on the porch, Juggernaut's thoughts went back to his boyhood days growing up; his father, a doctor turned their huge backyard into a rainforest and a petting zoo. He spent more time in the backyard with plants and animals than in the clinic Click here to read the rest of this story (83 more lines)
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