After feeding the chickens cats and goats I walked over to the garden and began to retie tomato plants, weeding, picking beans and peppers, examining each plant searching for what I may reap from the seeds the we have sown.
I had sweat dripping into my eyes as I plucked pepper after pepper, bean after bean. I was so into the picking frenzy that I even pulled a few premature potato plants. The tender young potato's will go nicely in a pot of green beans. I was pleased with the mornings harvest. I am thankful for the opportunities that mother nature has laid out for us.
After I finished my chores I walked back to the house to wash the veggies and get the children ready to play outside for a bit. Upon my moms insistence on getting the bird ready for flight we brought Little Sparrow out for a while as done every day. We still feed our little one and upon Little Sparrows insistence... she comes in the house at night.
I think right now would be a good time to point out that we are no longer sure if we indeed have a sparrow, hence "Little Sparrow" is now "Little Bird". Also since I am pointing out things I should also state that reintroducing a bird into the wild is not an easy task. Little Bird spends much of its days flying around the yard but anytime someone is outside, Little Bird flies in to great who ever is visiting the yard. Which although we all find very endearing, I remain thankful that I didn't do a release in one of the state parks as I could see Little Bird flying down onto someones shoulder just to visit a bit and then getting swatted like it were a rabid bat.
The children played in the yard while I watched Little Bird fly about, occasionally landing on my shoulder or the back of my chair. The Mocking birds that are nesting in the rose bushes have taken a great interest in the antics of this little bird. They inquisitively watch turning their heads left to right in wonder. I cant help but to watch in wonder myself, "what are those birds thinking". I am sure the wild birds have wondered "who are these creatures that offspring little birds".
The first evening of Little Birds test run, curiosity got the best of the Mocking bird. We were all huddled around watching Little Bird perch in a Red Bud tree. The curious Mocking bird came in, landing just a couple feet from us but left as quickly as it arrived. We looked around the yard searching for our flighted friend, only to notice that we must have made quite a spectacle of ourselves. Two other birds sat watching on the telephone wire, occasionally flying closer for a better look and the murder of crows living in the woods circled around a few times to satisfy their own curiosities. We all sat there oddly watching this... this miracle!
We now watch the Mocking birds as closely as they watch us. They have taken a great interest in Little Bird. Its a delicate relationship. We are unsure if they will try to hurt Little Bird but we also feel that the Mocking birds presence gives Little Bird some security as they are nice cat deterrent. It all hangs in the balance of a watchful eye.
Without a doubt, one day Little Bird will go in search of a mate. We may never see our precious one again, but hopefully, God willing, we will see many young Little Birds flying over head and we will once again be allowed to enjoy a bounty of pleasure from the seeds that we have sown...