From One Mother to Another
I don’t believe in coincidences. It cannot be just chance that so many of our best backyard bird sightings happen on or the day before Mother’s Day. I’m convinced that these rare appearances are a gift from one mother to another, namely from Mother Nature to Judy.
Take this year. On Saturday we were watching the many White-Crowned Sparrows feeding on the lawn (this time of year I spread millet on the grass back of the house). White-Crowned Sparrows are nice, they have those bright white stripes on their heads. Otherwise they are just your basic little brown bird.
They kind of remind me of how on the TV show Star Trek all the different kinds of aliens are distinguished mainly by their ears and foreheads. Otherwise they look pretty much like people. Isn’t that odd, seeing as how they come from different solar systems and everything?
Anyhow, there among the White-Crowned Sparrows, like the wild and crazy cousin at a family reunion, was an Indigo Bunting in his electric blue leisure suit (actually, it’s his mating plumage).
For us, seeing an Indigo Bunting is an exciting event. They are like little sapphires with wings. For some reason we see them only one day out of the year, and they always come on Mother’s Day or the day before. We’ve had some other special bird sightings on Mother’s Day – like the time two years ago when we saw a pair of Scarlet Tanagers. That was the only appearance those birds have ever made around our house.
So I’m convinced these avian sightings are a gift from one mother to another, from Mother Nature to Judy. Can you think of a better explanation? I didn’t think so.
In addition to the Indigo Bunting, Danny and Beckee came by in the afternoon to cook us a gourmet dinner – risotto, salad, and homemade mocha chocolate almond ice cream (they brought their ice cream maker with them). Not only that, but they hung around afterwards for a leisurely gabfest and to do the dishes. We also got a nice chatty call from our son David in St. Paul.
So I think I can say we had a happy Mother’s Day, and I hope all of you who are mothers had the same, with or without Indigo Buntings.