I am not a big fan of birds.
To all you adoring keepers of macaws, toucans, cockatoos and parrots out there, sorry.
However, oddly enough, I have always had an affinity for Disneyland's little brown sparrows.
You'll find them all over the park, especially at restaurant locations.
Guaranteed you will meet a few at Rancho Del Zocalo in Frontierland, the Village Haus in Fantasyland, the Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square and even the Carnation Cafe on Main Street.
To me, they are brown sparrows.
I'm no ornithologist, so you'll get no Latin species name here.
I call the little guy on the right - Jack.
O.K., that was too easy.
Anyhow, for whatever reason, these small birds who flock around the tables at the Park do not irritate me.
I can see why some folks would find them pesky or a nuisance.
They can be bold, no doubt.
Watch your french fries.
My kids have always been entertained by their antics over lunch.
They hop around the ground and tables, skittering after bits of bread or other food.
They are quiet.
They have searching little eyes, neatly outlined in tiny feathers.
At times, you can channel your inner "Snow White" or "Cinderella" as the tiny critters flit around you.
(I swear I saw one wearing a babushka kerchief on its little head).
They are a part of the Disneyland landscape and have been for as long as I can remember.
They had better keep a weather eye out for the feral cats that patrol the Park, too!!
As we return to the dock, if your mother-in-law is still on board...
...you've missed a golden opportunity.
But don't despair!
Be sure to drop by the dock later tonight for our "mother-in-law special."
You drop 'em off, we drop 'em in.
No questions asked.
This really is the Happiest Place on Earth!