"Then nothing else would be stirring — or so it would seem. But gradually her ears would pick out tiny rustlings in the vine nearby, where the grosbeaks were waking. A mourning dove would call unseen from the thicket below — a round, clear, bouncing note, as though a soft ball had been dropped on the lowest key of a xylophone: “Tuuu… tuu tu tu.” Another dove would answer a distance away. They would call again, closer to each other each time; then they would emerge together from the mist, of the mist, gray, graceful, and be off together wing to wing like reflections of each other in a looking glass sky. The red-winged blackbirds would wake all at once, like soldiers to Reveille. They would shake themselves from the bam grove and swing in a glistening pack to settle in the nearby bunchberry vines, where they waited for the mist to lift from the cattails, singing icessantly or drawing the black feathers of their wings and tails slowly through their bills. With the bright scarlet amulets on each shoulder of their black uniforms they always made sure that they were preparing for a review by the king. Then the blue grouse would drum away its kin, and the dowitcher would voice its piercing alarm at seeing the sun. The band-tailed pigeons would call seductively from branch to branch, all with voices like Marlene Dietrich’s. The flickers and sapsuckers would begin knocking the trunks of hemlocks for breakfast… . And after all the other birds were up and about their affairs — even the jay, who would burst each morning from the mist, screeching in a blue rage at these damned early birds who never let a fellow finish his rest — the crows would make their stately entrance. From the tops of the firs they would swoop, laughing with a sort of pitiless amusement at the lesser birds, and circle away in a slow, disorganized flock bound for the mudflats, sometimes leaving her feeling strangely disturbed. Perhaps because they reminded her of the magpies from around her Colorado home — carrion-eaters, lining the rabbit-killing highways, living off death — but she thought there must be more to it than just that. Magpies were, all in all, rather silly birds. The crows, for all their raucous laughter, never seemed silly."
Sometimes a Great Notion - Ken Kesey
Just thought this was so beautifully written.