Birds of a Feather
The proverb "Birds of a feather flock together" was coined since the 16th century. This was popularized by Benjamin Jowett in 1856 when he translated Plato's Republic. (Plato's republic was about philosophy and political theory, in case you're wondering.) This idiomatic expression is about people with similar interests that associate with each other.
But in nature, birds with the same species do form flocks. They do this to survive as there is safety in numbers. In the Philippines, our national bird is the Philippine Eagle. And if you would be interested to enjoy some bird watching we have 600 species of birds to choose from and these are Chesnut Munia, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Barred Honey-buzzard, Hawks & Starlings (Myna's), to name a few. Since we are composed of 7,107 islands, there are a lot to choose from in terms of bird watching sites. I recommend going to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan, Philippines (UNESCO World Heritage Site) to experience the best location for bird watching.
I usually catch myself looking outside the window watching birds and flowers. My mind wanders and my over active imagination is flying with those birds. I kept thinking how free they are. Not worrying about what food to eat, where to sleep. They are living very simple lives. They do not worry about tomorrow, their only concern is only for today.
I saw a flock of sparrows flying over this beautiful house and settling themselves on the ledge. They stayed there for about thirty minutes and when I looked up again, the whole flock was gone. But every Thursday afternoon at my usual seat, for nearly six months now, I am sure they are the same flock of birds that kept me entertained of their antics.
One day, a little boy found a bird's nest and he counted about four eggs. The boy was smart enough not to disturb their nest. I was amazed that the birds were trusting enough to create their nest so close to the community. I am definitely looking forward to seeing them again next week.
For my last song syndrome or LSS, Mandy Moore's song Extraordinary: "I was a starling nobody's darling, flying in perfect circles.." kept running through my head. In a way I am a starling, but as she said: "But now I am ready, but now I am ready... to be extraordinary."
My tenth hub. And I wanted this to be special. It is truly special indeed to write about starlings. My new found hobby: Bird Watching.