Friday, March 25, 2011
Roots and wings
They say that they best gifts parents can give their children are roots and wings. Today, I said goodbye to my biologist son as he left for a stint in the field studying spotted owl populations. We were lucky to have him staying with us for the month of March, after having left his previous research position at UC Davis to prepare for his new adventure. He just set up this beautiful blog to document his experience, which features some of his nature photography, if you're interested.
My son is responsible for the interest in birds and chickens around our house. A while back, he gave me a birdhouse and hung it under the eaves of our front porch, easily visible as I sit at my computer. A couple of springs ago, I saw a bird going in and out, but there hasn't been any activity lately. This week, as he was packing and getting ready to go, a chickadee started going in and out, with nesting materials in its mouth. Today, I noticed that there are actually two chickadees busily preparing a nest in the box. On a day of goodbyes, made even drearier by the grey, rainy weather, I'm overjoyed to welcome our new residents.