Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bird Lessons

Sometimes having the National Geographic channel in your own backyard isn't such a great thing. (See Miracle post below about the baby birds). I watched and watched as both mama and papa red bird flew off to find food then came back and dropped the chewed up mess down little tiny gullets. I could hear the babies and the parents talking to each other while I did the dishes.

Then there was silence. Then I noticed Mom and Dad were no longer coming to the nest. They'd land on the bird feeder then fly across the yard to another tree(s). Oh dear, I worried. This can't be good. Something bad must have happened to the wee chirpers. Visions of lions chasing down a baby zebra for dinner flitted through my mind. Oh dear. Did the babies fall out of the nest? Were they dinner for some bigger creature? Oh dear.

So I went exploring. I stood under the tree where the nest sits empty and looked up. I looked til my eyes crossed. And then, I saw it. A baby bird, whose coloring perfectly matched the tree, stood stiff as a soldier at attention. Ah, I breathed a sigh of relief and a cry of surprise. At least one baby still survived. But how did it get so big so fast? It began to make sense that Mom and Dad were still on duty serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, just in a different diner. How those babies got across the yard is beyond my comprehension. I know cat mothers will pick up their babies by the neck and move them around. I just can't believe a bird can do that. So the only other possibility is they (Johnson has seen 2) must have flown. Unbelievable.

I'm reminded of that saying about jumping off the edge of a cliff and building your wings on the way down. I guess it's a trust thing, and baby birds don't have much of a choice. Maybe I should be more daring, trusting, ready to fly when it's time. You don't really know what you're capable of until you try, do you.

Wishing for you, guts and glory,
Merry ME

1 comment:

AkasaWolfSong said...

Wow Mary...that is certainly strange? Who knows what happened eh?

And by the way...I don't pay 25 a month...only 19.95 and if there is something you want to know give me a shout out...I don't have the world view but anything on the US is good or sometimes they will give you glimpses of other things. You can always use Ellis Island site or Find a Grave too as well as just look up your ancestor on the web, which I've done...much like finding something in your bird nest it can come into the light for further perusal, lol.
Have a great weekend Sister and I'll keep my eyes on the skies! Yikes! he he I'll be fine or maybe the winds will blow me down your way, who knows?
Much Love Dear...