After people watching, bird watching is one of the world’s favorite pastimes. Birdwatchers travel the globe, stand in swamps, dress in camouflage, take pictures and write bird sightings in little books, and swear there is nothing better.

In this city the most common birds are pigeons.

These survivors can be seen on top of statues, on ledges of buildings, waddling on paths in parks, holding to high voltage electric lines without a blink, and staying close but not too close to the humans who feed them, chase them, photograph them, clean up after them.

This morning, in San Sebastian Park, a group flocks at my feet.They are of the same family but their parents dressed them differently. The range of color is from all white to all black with some shades of brown sprinkled like cinnamon on oatmeal. They show genetics at work and would make Charles Darwin dance a jig.

I don’t write morning sightings in a little book, but I take photos.

Their randomness this morning is interesting in the same way as pool balls on an unused table with a game left unfinished.

 

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