Last summer I was in San Pedro for the funeral at sea for my wife's best friend's mother. While we were all waiting for the boat to return from a previous service and pick us up, I saw this boy playing with these birds. I don't know if they were his, or if he was watching them for someone. But he appeared transfixed, hypnotized by observing these living creatures at close hand. Without trying to be poetic or corny, this episode added to the day.