One of my hobbies is feeding the birds. I have been an avid birdwatcher since my childhood.
My seven feeders at the Vicarage attract all kinds of birds: cardinals, bluebirds, sparrows, finches, towhees, juncos, chickadees, mockingbirds, catbirds, titmice, and hummingbirds….and it also attracts four of the five feathered pestS, birders are told to watch out for.
AND THE COOPER’S HAWK
I know I should dislike these birds. They are aggressive. I have watched the Coopers Hawk snatch a mourning dove right out of the air leaving just an explosion of feathers. I know the cowbirds are parasitic nesters. Yet somehow they also bring a sense of life and its vibrant and harsh realities to The Vicarage. They complete the story of life by adding a note of hardship, trial and challenge to the idealism of birdsong on a spring day. There is no story in this world without conflict.
In the next world we will see things differently. When innocence is restored and day and night, black and white, left and right fade into distant memory we will not need the perspective of conflict. But for bow we have to accept the conflict, the trial , the press as part of every life….even when we watch the birds.
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What a day that will be! And still in the meantime nature is so interesting to watch.
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IT IS INDEED!!!