Ongoing History: Bird Feeding

Toward the end of the afternoon on Saturday, half past four, a hunched over man in a blue windbreaker and a ratty baseball cap carried a white plastic grocery bag to the sitting area at the corner of Fifth and Oakland Avenue. Inside, he had a whole loaf of unsliced rye bread, and a waddling flock of fat pigeons gradually amassed around his feet, pecking at the bits he tossed into the grass. Suddenly, a tiny sparrow, no bigger than a mouse, swooped in from a small tree behind the proceedings, nabbed a morsel the size of its head and glided off an inch from the ground, disappearing into a bush halfway down the block.

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