Yes, today, I was in my front yard today, not just looking at it through the window from inside. I saw two Magpies, one a youngster, the other a parent, judging by the begging sounds coming from the smaller bird.
I’ve been housebound for weeks and weeks, since fracturing my right ankle at the end of September. I spent some time in hospital having the ankle operated on, with instructions not to walk at all on that foot. Now I am able to use a walking frame, and a moon boot, putting very, very, very little weight on that foot, and yes, today, I managed to get outside, Yay to me!
(my front yard)
I’d decided after I had lunch, that I would see if I could actually get through the front door to sit on the seat that’s on the front veranda, and I managed to do it! Very happy news! I walked our there, saw something to deal with, and was able to do it – I removed two dead baby birds that somehow managed to be on the ground of our car port. I don’t know how that would have happened, they were very new babes, no feathers at all, so they wouldn’t have been trying to fly.
And I don’t know what kind of bird they were, I couldn’t tell, someone more learned in baby birds could well have known, but not me. I managed to pick up both birds, and put them out on the front lawn, where Nature will deal with them, in the best way. Dead baby birds make me a little sad, but I know Nature does what it does, some live long lives, some die young, and that’s just the way it is.
I hope I live a long life, and I hope my family and friends do too, as long as they are living lives that feel good for them. I’m thinking here about assisted suicide, and such things, and have to admit, I’m yet to properly find how I feel about such things. I don’t like people suffering, I know that for sure.
So the idea of ending suffering that has no way to end other than by dying, that seems to be a good idea. But many people who commit suicide were not in the best mindset to properly look at their lives to work out what options were available for them to consider. Death when there are other options, better options, that seems a terrible thing to me.
But I very much doubt those two baby birds were lying there, dead, in our car port were there because they committed suicide. I suspect the reason was not of their own making. A predator bird might have taken them from their nest, and somehow let go of them. It’s a very windy day today, and perhaps carrying a baby bird in claw or beak was too much? Who knows.
I’m glad I saw the happy scene of the young magpie being cared for by its parent, after seeing those poor baby birds. It gave me the opportunity to think on the ‘give and take, life and death’ ideas that Nature always presents to one who will look, and think on such things. I don’t know everything, but I know enough to know that, and in this is wisdom.
If you’ve enjoyed reading about my thoughts here, thank you, I’d love to discuss these ideas with you, if you wish.