How did I come across this video? By checking in on the Twitter feed of a corvid researcher. As she feels necessary to point out these days, that’s a corvid researcher, not a covid researcher.
How did I come across the corvid researcher’s Twitter feed? By being directed to a post she’d written on distinguishing crows and ravens.
How did I come to be wanting to distinguish crows from ravens? By being asked by a former colleague of the Big Guy whether my rather-better-at-bird-identification brother could identify a mystery bird in a photo.
I offer this partial back story on the wriggly and improbable path that led me to this place in case you want to explain your own path to someone. Because I’m pretty sure you’ll want to share this YouTube video. Or at least to share in the sheer joy, fun, and silliness of this production, while marvelling at its production professionalism.
One way of thinking about life is to see ourselves as members of a choir. Perhaps not exactly (certainly not yet) the choir invisible of Monty Python’s Parrot Sketch, but nonetheless a choir of various voices raised in various places. We just have to decide what song we’ll sing, and what notes we’ll contribute.
Use what talents you possess;
the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
– Henry Van Dyke