I have become better friends with the birds since my children have left home ten years ago. I love to watch them, especially in the winter. We fill the bird feeders nearly every day and then watch as they flock together to enjoy an easy, free meal. There is a definite heirarchy in the feeding frenzy. The Woodpeckers and Blue Jays are on top in our woods. All the other birds defer to them and their shrill cries and sharp beaks! They protect the feeder until they have had their fill. Then there are the Cardinals. Their bright red color bring a "life" to the landscape. They often eat in pairs and generally have very good manners. Then there are the finches that group together to eat and share their feeders. Sometimes there is jockeying for position, but they allow crowding and generally get along. The Nuthatch and Tufted Titmouse take what they want and go to another location to eat on their own. They complete their task one seed at a time. Then there are the Doves and sparrows that eat off the ground the discards or careless droppings of the other birds. Then there are the occasional hawks that stir everything up and take what they want and don't think twice of the havoc they wreak in their taking.
It occurs to me, that in every profession there are all varieties of "Birds" among us. The loud and aggressive, the contemplative and plodding. The movers and shakers and the gentle and passive. The thinkers and planners and the hopers and wonderers.
I think I'm a Cardinal or a Finch. What kind of Realtor Bird are you?