Leon much preferred his bird form, the lazuli bunting, to being in his human form as he adjusted to the new urban setting he found himself in. He'd been swept this way from the forest that was his home for much of his life during a powerful storm and had been unable to find his way back with how much he'd been tumbled and buffeted about in the thunderous winds. He was honestly lucky to have managed to land in this urban city, the tall buildings had been his saving grace and cut much of the strength from the winds that had carried him here and gave him a chance to seek out cover in the park that he was now using as a temporary home. It did not have the comforts of his forest home, but for now it would work and honestly, he did not have much room if any to be picky in the first place. At least this park had food, a place for him to sleep and offered relative safety so long as he did not encroach on other birds territory. He'd managed to find a home for himself in a tall oak tree, the only tree other birds didn't inhabit because of the grumpy owl that also dwelled there but so long as he didn't wake it up, the owl more or less left him alone outside the occasional scare in the middle of the night when it would wake to hunt.He was looking for material to work on his nest when he spotted her again. The girl who always sat at a certain bench at around the same time every day. It was strange as humans rarely had such a consistent pattern such as hers. At least, not from what he'd seen. Most of the other squirrels and birds and occasional rabbit were growing used to her being around and didn't scatter like they did with other humans, knowing she at least either meant no harm to them or was not capable of harming them. Leon paused in his hunting along the ground for sticks for his nest to observe her for a moment, fluttering his wings before dipping his head to run his beak through his feathers. He didn't want to seem unduly odd by straight up staring at her after all. For all intents and purposes, he was just another bird after all. He glanced up at her when she said hello to him and tilted his head for a moment before returning to his task of seeking out usable twigs and long pieces of grass for his nest. He'd been working on it slowly since he arrived about a week ago and really wanted to finish the nest tonight so he'd be warmer than he had been so far.
Leon was focused on his task of working on his nest, though his gaze flitted over to the girl more than once as she watched him fly twigs and grass to his nest to arrange into place. He was lucky in that he'd found a little hole in the trunk of the tree just big enough for him to squeeze into on the tree. It was facing away from the way the wind normally blew through the area so he was less likely to get cold, especially after he finished his nest. He had just flown down again when a runner came up the path. As the other animals scattered, he flew to do the same to blend in, sitting on a branch to watch and relax at the same time. The sun was still shining and he could feel its heat through the leaves and it felt very nice. After he could go down again, he would try to find something to eat, he decided. It wasn't uncommon to find crumbs and leftovers here and there that humans left on the ground, so he was sure he'd find something if he looked hard enough.
Leon was watching the girl from the safety of the tree when she rummaged in a bag and pulled out something. It was food! He chirped happily as he watched her toss some in his direction and didn't waste any time in gliding down from the tree to start pecking at the trail mix, eating the bits he liked. It was saltier than he was used to but hey, he wasn't going to complain seeing as how he was pretty hungry. He hopped about under the tree, eating the nuts and the raisins from the trail mix and chirping happily to himself. He glanced at her once while he was pecking at a cashew to eat and noticed she had something out that she was looking at, then looking at him and back down at it. Curiosity flooded him as he wondered what it was, but he wasn't sure if he should fly over and investigate or not. Probably not, he reasoned after a moment, not if he was passing as a wild animal. Though he did plan on repaying her for the trail mix. He just didn't have anything to give her yet.
Leon fluttered his wings in surprise when she threw more trail mix towards him, happy that there was more as he now had some he could store in his little nesting area for later. He was so lost in this urban area that he doubted he'd be able to migrate for the winter, so he figured his best bet would be to consider going the way of the squirrel and hoarding food when he could that wouldn't go bad. When she said she would bring more tomorrow, he knew he had to give her something in return for the food. He'd seen humans exchange shiny things for stuff like food when he was flying around, so after she left, he made several trips up to his nest to store as many bits of trail mix as he could before the other animals got to the rest, then flew off to find something for the girl.The next day, he was working on his nest in the tree when he heard a noise. Hopping out onto the branch, he noticed the girl was back and chirped before ducking back into the hole in the tree to pull out the shiny thing he'd found. Fluttering down, he perched on the bench she was on with it in his beak, tilting his head one way, then the other before hopping closer and dropping it into her lap before quickly backing away again. He'd found a paperclip to give her in return for the trail mix.
Leon knew that he wasn't behaving quite like a bird should, or at least not one of his species. He knew either ravens or crows had been known to leave trinkets for humans who fed them, but he didn't think the species he was was known to do the same. When she poured out more trail mix for him, he happily hopped down towards it and started to eat, though he kept glancing up at the girl as she spoke. He definitely wasn't a native species in the area, he was surprised she noticed as most didn't.
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