Birds have kept me company through some of the darkest moments in my life. Whenever I have been feeling lost or overwhelmed by life, there have always been birds to comfort me.
Often they come and sit nearby and just watch me, other times they will sing, and sometimes they will fly around me to let me know they are present. My spirits are always lifted by these special encounters.
I am not a birder (how could I be when I also love cats?) but I feel an affinity with wild birds that is hard to define.
I was thinking these thoughts this morning as I sat out in the early morning sunshine and listened to the magpies chortling in the trees. Away in the distance there were geese honking, presumably Canada geese.
It got me thinking about the birds we have seen and/or heard from home here, during the last five weeks of lock-down. So I made a list J
BIRDS SEEN (and maybe heard) – sparrow, blackbird, thrush, welcome swallow, goldfinch, magpie, plover, hawk, fantail, pigeon, mynah
BIRDS HEARD (not seen) – peacock, kingfisher, geese, bellbird, pheasant, Californian quail, tui
I haven’t photographed any of them – I haven’t even tried (these photos are all out of my archives) – but I have appreciated the presence of each and every one of them.
They are a symbol that nature and life continues on, regardless of what we presently face in our own lives. They bring joy and peace into my life, and give me hope of a better future.
Have an enjoyable day J