Birdbrain often refers to a stupid or scatter brained person, a brain resembling the flightiness of a bird perhaps. Today I am pondering that word because I think birds are quite intelligent and “flightiness” on this day would be a darn smart thing – as in get the heck out of here, which leads to my thoughts of the supreme intelligence of birds who migrate. On this day, the first day of Winter, we are having an ice storm that has people around here dreadfully reminiscing about the last great ice storm of 1998 – boy does Winter want us to know she’s arrived.
In the midst of this storm, I have to question my own intelligence as compared to a bird’s 1.) taking a trip South at the beginning of the Winter season and 2.) why did I ever return? and 3.) why do I continue to live in the Northern clime December through March?
Here is where the birds are:
Here is where I am:
Who is the birdbrain?!
Since we have returned to our Northern NY home we have been subjected to snow storms, below zero temperatures, and now this ice storm all within the span of a few days time. Birds migrate for food? I question that also. I think birds migrate because life is just generally easier in a warmer climate. There is no donning of the coat, gloves, hat, scarf, boots (now with essential Yaktrax). There is no ceremonious warming up, brushing, and scraping of the car. There is no shoveling of snow and ice. There is no salting of sidewalks and walkways (of course, the local hardware store is completely out – demand, demand). Yes, there is no hardship in the “gathering of food” (or booze, or rock salt for that matter). There is just simply sliding on the flip flops and starting up the electric golf cart in a warmer climate, or bird if you will, a simple bath (in unfrozen waters),primp, and lift off for a sun-filled day of “food gathering.”
Again, I ask who is the birdbrain?