I like the grasp you have on this whole thing Plume. As a child I did have fears and questions (many questions) those were pretty much always accorded to the devil and answered through religion or superstition. I innately knew that was hokey so stopped asking. As I grew older I lost my fear but in the end could not make sense of it so began to ignore, avoid and discount things. I'll tell you a funny. I was told once that Gifts were bestowed by God and sense I clearly questioned God then they were not gifts but that I was being deceived by the devil. Now the funny thing is that the only question (at that time) I had was, "Who said anything about gifts?" and "Are you kidding me?" ) Yep, I was a precocious 8 to 10 year old. LOL! LMHO! If it takes that long I'll be dead by then. I've not met a lot of different types and that I feel has to do with my stubbornness. I want to see them as they are, NOT as some made up construct that matches an image in my head I gleaned out of a book or off television. There have been times when an image has appeared that resembles on of those and I tell them no, I want to see them as they are. They usually skedaddle which baffles me because regardless I am only curious and have no intent to harm them. Are there Avians, I don't personally know but I've read others say so. So if you do get that avian party don't forget to invite the rest of us.