the language of the birds.....
In Norse mythology, the power to understand the language of the birds was a sign of great wisdom.
The concept is also known from many folk tales (including Welsh, Russian, German, Estonian, Greek, Romany), where usually the protagonist is granted the gift of understanding the language of the birds either by some magical transformation, or as a boon by the king of birds. The birds then inform or warn the hero about some danger or hidden treasure.
For the past few weeks I have noticed the lack of birds and their calls.
Our garden has been devoid of my little creatures
from whom I get so much pleasure.
the robins, the cardinals, the blue jays
the cat bird that sits on the plant holder
or lamp post
and just stares at me
I mentioned it to the man and he said he had noticed their absense too.
We have had not one visit from the ducks this year.
There is a flock of ducks who live here all the time
and they come up into the yard and walk around like they own the place
leaving signs on the patio that they have been!!!
But not this year.
this is from last Spring 2009
The doves that made their nests in the bushes right outside the house
haven't been around for months.
It has been sad not to have them singing and flying around
and it took weeks of their absense for me to notice.
The bird bath has been kept full
I don't put seed out in the Summer
the Squirrels eat it all and if it gets wet it molds
but they always seem to find something to munch on or worms to pull up out of the ground
but not this year.
But this story has a happy ending
because they move too fast
but when I went out a little while ago
they were there
flying around the trees
eating the berries on the Dogwood
sitting in the Blue Spruce
picking at whatever
You know why?
You don't have to have the magic
or the power
or be a king
the answer is
When I next go to the store
I will bring back a big bag of seed
I will fill the feeders
and put fresh water in the bowls
to let them know they were missed
and I'm happy they are back
where they belong!!!!