This is Spring Migration for birds. Millions of them are relocating for the summer. Not all birds migrate, but many do. It causes we who are bird watchers to scan the trees and skies in hopes of seeing a new bird, or just seeing an old friend from past migrations. In recent hours I have seen the Rose Breasted Grosbeak male in the yard. A Hooded Warbler dropped in, as did a Bunting or two. Each one brings enjoyment and excitement.
Birds have caught the attention of people through the ages. Poets have written about them. There are songs about birds. There are Proverbs and sayings.....many of them. Let me share just a few with you. Some familiar and others not so.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
Wise as an owl
Kill two birds with one stone
Madder than a wet hen
Strut like a rooster
Two birds disputed about a kernel, when a third swooped down and carried it off. (Congo)
Each bird loves to hear himself sing. (Italian)
A bird does not change its feathers because the weather is bad. (Nigerian)
God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest. (Swedish)
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. C.S. Lewis
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. Maya Angelou
A wise old owl sat on an oak. The more he saw the less he spoke. The less he spoke the more he heard. Why aren't we like that wise old bird?