I witnessed an amazing occurrence recently. I was walking into work early in the morning when I noticed a disturbance in the sign above the Mall door as I entered. It is one of those large lit signs with each individual letter lit from behind. I had noted that sparrows were nesting in it but hadn't paid much attention. A furious flapping, however, beckoned me to take closer note. A male sparrow was hanging by his foot from one of the letters. At first he desperately flapped his wings to try to release himself. This didn't work. All of a sudden, another male sparrow made an appearance and took hold of his "friend's" beak and pulled, flapping his wings furiously. After approximately three tries, the trapped bird was released. I felt so blessed and humbled to have been witness to this display. Why did I not think think that birds, like humans, would come to the rescue of another?
The journal pages above were created with the parallels between humans and birds in mind. I used quotations from a vintage bird book about the care of the young. They just struck me as so similar to the care of our young. Ah, nature has much to teach us if we pay close attention.