I've moved into a newly refurbished apartment on the USTC campus in Hefei. I'm on the sixth floor of this walkup, so I'm getting plenty of exercise. The kitchen has what amounts to the only "picture" window in the apartment, which is a shame because the only time I really look out it is when I'm making something in the wok. A few days ago I heard a loud tweeting and saw the bird pictured below on a pipe outside the window. She seemed to be staring at me, but perhaps it was her reflection that so enamored her. She did a little dance, bobbing back and forth, bending way ahead, then bending back. She'd shuffle sideways along the pipe. She finally disappeared into some ivy at the window's end, so I don't know where she went. One of neighbor's birds who was looking to get back in? A pet gone feral? A reincarnated friend? Now I know how Poe felt.
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