A month or two ago I started hearing an intermittent loud noise in our otherwise tranquil neighborhood. My first guess was the sound of one animal having another for lunch. With a farm down the street we hear things like that all the time.
After a few days I ruled out mealtime. It must be something mechanical.
Stef heard it and came to her own conclusion–pterodactyl.
As it turns out the noise comes from Mao Mao. I met her this afternoon. She was on her perch in the bed of a pickup truck behind my neighbor’s house.
I ran out with my camera and started snapping. The bird is a living test pattern!
My neighbor asked if I’d like a photo? Uh, yeah! After a few brief attempts to swallow my fist whole, Mao Mao jumped on my arm then inched her way up.
She’s about to molt. Her feathers will all be replaced. She will remain beautiful.
And now I know what that noise is!