Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.
I'm a birdbrain. But I definitely don't have the brain the size of a bird's brain. I have been extremely fascinated by birds, specifically those in the parrot family, ever since third grade. I own two beautiful birds that I have spent hours observing, watching them eat, drink, sleep, preen and I have grown to love and appreciate them. So it definitely was not a huge surprise that I was heartbroken when a bird hit our window.
A light brown bird lay crumpled on our deck in front of the large windows. My heart sunk, and I felt like crying. I approached it carefully with my fingers crossed and was relieved when I saw its eyes were open and its back rose and fell quickly. The bird was about a foot long with black stripes crossing its back, spotted feathers all over its chest and a beak about an inch long. I dared myself to touch it, so I stuck a finger out and began to pet its back causing him to perk up.
After a few minutes, he tried to stand up. He stood evenly on his legs and held his wings close to his body, like a healthy bird should. I took a picture of him with my phone so I could look up the species later. Eventually, he took off into our backyard. I went inside, washed my hand several times and ran upstairs. I found my Birds of Ohio field guide and tried to find the picture of the bird.
What I found excited me; this wasn't just an average songbird, it was a woodpecker! A Northern Flicker to be exact. After exhausting the pocketbook, I turned to my laptop. I probably spent a good hour researching the Northern Flicker by watching videos on Youtube and reading the profile on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website.
I was so fascinated by wild birds that I began to research other birds I had seen around my home. I absorbed the knowledge so fast I craved more. The excitement kept building up as I found a new door into the world of birds, a world that had sparked my desire to learn nine years ago.
I try to spend as much as my spare time as I can observing wild birds. Every move they make and song they sing is done for a very specific reason. Our job is to uncover that reason and open ourselves up to the little things of nature. I absolutely love watching robins run on their skinny legs and then stop only to stand straight and proud. I wake up to the harsh caw of the blue jay every summer morning, and while it can become rather annoying, I still love it.
There's a whole world of birds out there that I am just waiting to discover. Every region and state in the United States alone has a diverse bird population. Just thinking about all of those feathers and songs excites me.
I know the ending isn't the best...I just put it together really fast. I have a limit of 2000 characters, but I managed to shorten the original to 2616. I need help shortening this essay while still maintaining my voice, experience and showing how I really love birds and how they've really sparked my learning interests. thank you!