Anne Notations

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Blessings 7-20-09

1. Kevin rushing in the front door breathless yesterday evening, cupping in his hands a tiny nestling, all soft feathers and bug eyes and wide-open mouth, that he'd found on the walking path. The two of us consulting the Internet, then locating the cries of its probable parents in a grove of lilacs and trumpet vines, and restoring baby bird to a secure perch in high branches inside a shallow Rubbermaid container.

2. Hoping that the parents will, as promised by the Audubon Society's Web site, continue to care for said nestling when they recognize its hungry voice.

Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge. – Matthew 10

3. Last night's spectacular skies just before and during sunset.

4. The blue neon star on our chimney.

5. A muggy summer day to be lazy, to read a novel, to get take-out Chinese food for supper.


  • I can't find it online, but recently in The Ethicist he was asked the following question: A couple set something up to attract bluebirds. They got cardinals instead. Their question: could they kill (sic) the cardinals.

    The answer was no - from an ethical point of view and that it might even be illegal. I discussed this with some friends. What should be done?

    I suggested moving the nest to a forrest or park. They said that moving the nest could kill the birds, also - that once humans touched the young the mother wouldn't recognize them.

    I don't know much from this stuff. I do know that in life we need to be as compassionate as they can be. There is a Biblical text that deals with how to deal mercifully with birds, mothers, nests, etc.

    Nice pictures and post.

    By Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann, at Tue Jul 21, 03:40:00 PM EDT  

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