For the July Bethlehem Star. From Rev. Van Oort
By way of introduction: An informative book to me is, Animals Make us Human , by Temple Grandin. Animals can help us define ourselves. I turn again, as last month, to birds and a message they may have for us.
Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap yet nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than them? Matthew 5:26
The first Bluebird clutch of
nestlings has fledged. The first of three left the nesting box after 16
days, on June 8th. The three had hatched on May
23. The second two waited two more days, leaving on June 10.
We expect a second brood of Bluebirds to begin soon. In the same sequence a nest of three Robins also started out of the nest on June 8. Robins are “first cousins” of Bluebirds. Both are members of the thrush family (Turdidae). Two young Robins left the nest, located above a rake in an open shed. Eileen noticed one remained in the nest. After two days the loner was still there, but now out of the nest perched on the tines of the rake. The third day finding the youngster still there Eileen decided to check further. The parents had been seen coming and going from the nest apparently still taking care of the reluctant off spring. Eileen picked up the nestling and found that it had a string from the nest wrapped around its leg, preventing it from leaving. The string was cut, unwrapped from the leg, and the young Robin was set on the ground outside of the shed. It hopped a couple of steps, then flew to a nearby group of trees with low lying branches. Eileen followed a distance. Inside the thicket of branches was the nestling with two adult Robins alongside, presumably the parents.
On nearby branches was an array of birds, all chirping what seemed to be welcoming sounds. An Oriole, a Bluebird, a Tufted Titmouse, and a Chickadee were all visible. Others were heard but not seen. It seemed they had been waiting the arrival of the missing young Robin. Had the parents notified them? The nestling had been social distancing due to being bound to the nest. Now released it was being welcomed. May we be as welcoming.