we took a left turn and came upon a giant flock of Redwing Blackbirds. My tiny car startled them, and they all took off in a swirl.
They were my favorite birds, when I was a kid. I was the kind of kid who not only had a favorite bird, but who chose the redwing blackbird as my favorite. So I pulled over and turned back to watch the flock dipping and diving and soaring and swooping all over around the car and the field.
"These were my favorite birds when I was a kid," I told Mr F.
He didn't answer, but that didn't make the moment any less memorable.