Before anyone ducks and panics, no, it’s not me learning to fly! LOL. It’s spring and that means fledgling birds. In my case 3 bumbly, fluffy magpie chicks who’s parents have decided that our back yard is the perfect place to raise their family*
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve spent hours watching** these guys go from taking all day to fly out of our yard (There’s been lots of sleeping in the sun, tucked into the mulch in our garlic bed to help recruit their strength and playing chasey with each other; which is completely adorable to watch), to this morning where after noisy chirping for mum and dad to come and feed them, they are now flying easily in unison over the neighbourhood.
By next week they will have lost most of their fluff and be nearly full grown, independent birds who have mastered all the skills they need for life. If only we humans could do the same, things would be so much easier, dull but easier. However, if we are lucky, we continue to learn all of our lives, uncovering more layers and skills that help us live fuller lives.
I’m sure there was a point to this post, but I’ve stopped while writing to answer some emails and I’ve lost my train of thought (typical!). So, I’ll wish you all a great Friday and say that this weekend, take the time and do something that brings you as much joy as playing tug o war with a garlic leaf brings to two baby magpies!
*This is despite the cats, who thanks to constant swooping by said parents are now to traumatised to go into their own yard… they just sit at the door and look upon the outside while twitching when they hear a bird. Brave they are not!
**My office window looks into the backyard so I’ve also been working I promise 😉