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For the past few weeks, a Baltimore oriole has been visiting me.

The first time I met him, he was chirping his little birdy head off outside a coworker’s window. Sitting about twenty feet away, I wondered what the sound was, but I was engrossed in work and couldn’t see where it was coming from. My coworker leaned out of her cubicle and hissed, “Katie! Katie! There’s this gold bird outside!”

The windows of our office building are reflective on the outside so that people can’t see in. (We must have privacy as we type away on top-secret insurance documents, I suppose!) Because of this, birds are always mistaking our windows for a twin tree to the ones outside and attempting to land in the reflection. Usually they just skitter along the glass; once in a while, they get a little more forceful.

This particular coworker sits near a big evergreen tree that presses up against the window, and when I answered her summons, I saw a bright orange and black oriole sitting in a branch, inches away from us. Because they can’t see us, birds tend to land on the sill or on close branches and allow us to get a really good look at them.

This one was utterly stunning. His black back was shiny, and the feathers on his breast melted deep yellow to the most vibrant orange. He had bright eyes and a smooth, charcoal-gray beak that he opened to sing for us a melody that would become familiar over the next several days.

I got to know that song very well. Every time I heard a clear “chirp chirp-a CHIRP chirp... chirp!” I’d look around for the oriole, and there he’d be: either sitting in the tree outside my window, jumping about in the bushes right below the stone sill, or perched on the sill itself, his little face peering up at the glass and wondering, as my coworker put it, “Why won’t that handsome bird in there play with me?”

I haven’t seen him for a week. I think perhaps he’s moved on. But it was such a blessing to see him here, up close, in all his dappled night-and-day glory <3

Date: 2015-05-31 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] willow-cabin.livejournal.com
I loved reading this. :) You describe it so vividly.

Date: 2015-06-03 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elaby.livejournal.com
<3333 Thank you so much, Jenn! I'm really glad you enjoyed it :)

Date: 2015-05-31 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minyan.livejournal.com
How incredibly beautiful! I love the way you know him by his song even before you see him. *hug*

Date: 2015-06-03 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elaby.livejournal.com
n____n Thank you! *hugs* He came again today too! I could tell because he was chirping so loud, haha :)

Date: 2015-06-01 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coastal-spirit.livejournal.com
Whenever a bird is hanging around, I like to look up the spiritual meaning. This is what it said about the oriole:

Oriole,-- Ability to see how life is woven together, connection to tree spirits, ability to connect others to the fairy realm. Oriole is the symbol of approaching summer or sunshine, usually within a two-week period. An Oriole reflects this symbolism bringing sunshine (or positive changes) to your life and/or current projects.

I feel strongly that he was there just for you. ♥
Edited Date: 2015-06-01 01:31 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-06-03 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elaby.livejournal.com
<33333333 This is SO COOL. I love you; thank you <3 He came back today! :D Where do you find these out?


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