Monday, January 31, 2011
I recently got back on campus in Ithaca, after 38 glorious days of winter break, and I have now gone on three runs in one month! That's beating my normal run frequency by a factor of 18 (a decade ago, I couldn't even count that high). As a little reward for braving the early morning cold and forcing my now chiseled figure to travel two gigantic miles, I saw a bird. Actually, I saw 37 birds in 11 species, but one was supremely enjoyable, and that was a flyover Lesser Black-backed Gull. It was one of only 5 gulls that morning (the others were all Herring). Its majestic arc across the cold, blue sky was like a triple rainbow emanating from a flying bag of skittles. It was delightful.