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action heroes. Each year is a big
year. I have to look at feathered
phenomena. Resistance is futile.
The birds of Juneau are
outstanding. Give me a home
where the bufflehead roam.
Steller’s jay, varied thrush,
golden-crowned kinglet, white-winged crossbill, pine grosbeak,
Barrow’s goldeneye, harlequin duck, surf scoter, greater
scaup, glaucous-winged gull,
Bohemian waxwing, mew gull,
northwestern crow, and beau-coup bald eagles. More properly, a boatload of bald eagles.
Or a cruise ship of bald eagles.
Each bird I see is so magnifi-
cent that I give up hope of see-
ing a better bird.
I look forward to my next
visit to Juneau. I love it there.
The more you love birds, the
more you will love the world.
Ravens greet me as I leave
the hotel. If a raven is the only
bird I see, it will be a good day.
Ravens are smart. How smart
are they? Had there been a
raven in my high school class,
we’d have had a class valedic-
torian. The school had refused
to give that award to our lead-
ing student, who had nearly a
C- average. A raven lets its raven
show. It doesn’t even try to tuck
it back in. Take a look at any
grade school class and you’ll
pick out one kid who you can
tell is up to something just by
looking at him. That’s a raven.
It’s up to something.
I watched common ravens
walking through the drive-through lane of a nearby fast
food restaurant. I suspect, after
having had many encounters
with ravens, that they wouldn’t
appreciate being called common. Two of the ravens, checking the ground for fallen french
fries and homeless hamburgers,
bumped into one another. It
was a feather bender.
Humans get bags of grub to
go from that eatery. Some of
them walk the short distance to
a bakery to get a doughnut or
sweet roll to put the finishing