“If you as an individual want to speak with authority, you will find an elevated podium. For most birds, song is a means of defending your territory. Thus one seeks out the highest perch possible so its song will resonate outward warning others of its territorial imperative. The redwing’s perch is only a white indigo flower spike at about 20 inches, while the dickcissel’s, an old dry sunflower stalk some 5 feet high. You simply make do with what is available and should an adversary threaten, you take wing in hot pursuit. It is a full-time job. Loafers can get eviction notices.” –Carl Kurtz, photographer, author, and farmer.