… and a time for every matter under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
During my first foray into the garden during the recent warm interlude from the biting winds of late Winter, I was reminded of an old skipping rhyme:
The wind told the grasses
And the grasses told the trees.
The trees told the bushes
And the bushes told the bees.
The bees told the Robin
And the Robin sang out clear:
Wake Up! Wake Up!
SPRING IS HERE!
It came to mind as I cleared vegetation and gently turned over the soil, whereupon I found myself being chivvied along by our resident Robin; intent upon gathering amongst other things, dead leaves and moss, she worked tirelessly ferrying her precious cargo to our log store. Throughout the morning she worked without ceasing; flying to and fro, her beak full and then empty. It could only mean one thing; nest-building was underway.
From a respectful distance I peered into the dark and gloomy recess, where, snugly tucked away on a shelf the shadowy beginnings of a cup-shaped nest were rapidly taking shape; inclement weather and predators will not be a problem for this new family when it arrives.
Is Spring here? I’m not sure for the weather can be fickle at the best of times; yet one thing is for sure, thank goodness for central heating! The Robin and her family must remain undisturbed, so no logs for our fire for quite some time!
Whilst our Robin has already chosen her preferred location, the Blue Tits, Sparrows, Blackbirds and Woodpecker are also busily engaged in seeking out suitable nesting sites; we have a variety of bird boxes dotted around the garden so hopefully they too will be moving-in.
All around us our feathered friends are beginning a new chapter in their lives; one of frenzied activity as they seek suitable and worthy places in which to raise their young families. The churchyard is no exception; peaceful and secluded, it is an ideal location in which birds can thrive; to this end we are continually finding ways in which to support native wildlife, thereby promoting a healthy environment in which all creatures, great and small may thrive.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. (Matthew 6: 26)
If you would like to be involved, please join us at our next Open Church Coffee Morning at Ss Simon & Jude, Cockshutt, where we will be making bird boxes for the Churchyard (please see the Diary page for full details).