had an amazing experience in my garden this
afternoon. Just had to share it with
you. We have 4 sets of birds nesting
around our garden right now (bluebirds,
titmouse, chickadee, and house finches).
As I was planting peppers this afternoon (within
a few feet of this bird box) one of the titmouse
babies thought he was ready for his flying
lesson. Out he fluttered. . . . . onto the
ground right in front of me. I stood
perfectly still so as not to frighten him or his
frantic parents. I could not believe what
happened next. Within seconds, a pair of
fussing cardinals flew to a nearby fence, then a
pair of robins settled near the birdbath.
Before I could say to myself, "what's going on
here!", the bluebirds, as well as the
chickadees, had assembled themselves nearby.
All 5 pairs of birds were trying to distract me
away from that baby! Was I imagining this. . . a
community of different parenting birds all
coming to the rescue of a vulnerable baby chick?
By the time I turned my attention back to the
baby Titmouse, he had managed to fly to the
nearest tree limb.
I liken this garden
experience to family and neighbors . . . .
when one of us is down, the
entire community/family gathers to protect,
encourage, and lift. I give thanks for
each of you.