"I really love birds’ movements. That's what really captivates me."
Tig Notaro is known for her acting, writing, and especially her deadpan comedy. Between pushing a stool around the set of Conan O’Brien’s talkshow to hosting Under a Rock with Tig Notaro, she’s one of the most talented and unique comedians in the spotlight today.
“I have bird feeders and bird houses all around my house. I like to have them within view and I find it very relaxing,” Tig told BirdNote producer Mark Bramhill. “I find it incredibly relaxing and I love the opportunity to just look out of a window and see what bird is feasting on the seeds.”
What intrigues Tig most about birds?
“I really love birds’ movements. That's what really captivates me . . . Like almost everyone else alive, I'm a big fan of hummingbirds. They feel like shooting stars.”
Tig’s interest in birds was piqued in 1993, in an unusual way.
“It was when I watched the movie Jurassic Park. Just noticing how dinosaurs seem to move so similarly to birds, I just started getting really interested.”
Shortly after watching the movie, Tig received a bird feeder as a gift from her mother.
“I enjoyed any bird swinging by to nibble on some bird seed. And I found myself reacting to them in the way that my mother used to react when she would see a Blue Jay or cardinal. I remember she would yell to me, and I started to feel that when I would see them.”
Now, as a parent, Tig is sharing the wonder of birds with her children. She recalls this moment with her young son, Max:
“He was three at the time, and we weren't talking about birds. He just got up off the couch and he said — completely unrelated to anything — ‘It can be tricky... to touch a bird.’ And I just thought that was the greatest sentence I'd ever heard in my life. And I thought it was such an astute observation. And I also thought. . . okay, clearly there's been a lot of attempts on his part to touch birds. So I guess it runs in the family a bit.”
Tig aspires to model the love of animals she experienced growing up:
“I hope that, as my mother was a great role model to me for loving animals, including birds, that I am that to my children. I mean, Max seems to have an interest in touching them.”
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