Saturday, May 20, 2017
You gotta love nature
You should love nature
I have friends, mostly on the internet, that seem to know the ‘proper names’ of plants. Some seem to be on a first name basis with the Fauna of their area. I hesitate to name them, but Dar and Mel come to mind up in the north woods (Wisconsin). Rick over in the back woods of Alabama, my friend Bonnie in eastern NC and Paula the Cowgirl in Texas. Then of course Glenda the Missouri Farm girl transplanted to Florida.
Just after I was blessed with Cochlear Implants Sherry and I were outside in our favorite place, the yard swing. I casually asked, ‘what is that I am hearing?’
She looked at me like a cow looking at a new gate (dad’s expression). Those sounds are birds! I had actually forgotten the sounds of birds whistling and chirping. Now we sit in the sing and I talk to the birds. I am pretty good at copying the sounds. I wish I knew which I was ‘mocking’. ANYWAY yesterday after our walk I kept hearing what sounded like a frantic bird call. I walked around the yard and could not locate it. Finally Sherry added her ears and we found the little Wren I think. Finally it quietened down.
Back in the swing, Sherry thought she saw a snake crossing the drive and several birds squawking to beat the band. We went to investigate and saw a baby bird beside Mark’s truck. There were two Wrens, a Cardinal, and two large Thrashers. All screaming to high heavens and jumping around. We didn’t see the snake, but what amazed me was the several other species all joining in to protect the baby. I have seen many a baby bird on the ground and the mama keeping watch, but never different species joining to protect. All of a sudden the little bird flew up to our chimney. Then the other birds departed except the Wrens that kept watch for the final flight to a roost.
What a lesson for humans. Lend a hand where you can. The little Wren alone could not scare off the snake, but with help and more pecking at the enemy, might have caused it to look for lunch somewhere else. My thinking went back to the first frantic cries, was she calling for help?
Sitting here I get to watch the birds and lizards. In Florida it is lizards, birds and squirrels. It doesn’t take much to entertain me. I also learn something from nature at times and I smile.