starting new beginnings…

Good Morning to all you Nature Adorers where ever you are,

Most birders have encountered the ‘Little-brown-bird’ species, who specializes in avoiding cameras and precise identification. A member of that species was having a grand time harvesting bugs in the 2 foot high Calif. Fuchsia. It kept disappearing into the bushy foliage and only a quiver of the plant’s stems disclosed its location. It would pop up with a raspy chirp, hop ever so briefly on the ground and vanish underneath the leafage again. Just as I saw some movement in the tree above the California Fuchsia ~ the bird flew off. I don’t know if it was the species’ elusive companion, but after its departure no more raspy chirps were vocalized. As the ‘Little-brown-bird’s’ was scurrying from one hiding place to the next, never staying out in the open, I was harvesting its details as quickly as I could: tail held high like WREN, beak too thick for a WREN, but too small for a SONG SPARROW, legs light colored, brown breast streaks, size approx. 4-5 inches. I flashed on a LINCOLN’S SPARROW, but dismissed that because they usually migrate through our area in the winter time. So long story short: Obviously bird watching is always fascinating for me. I couldn’t resist watching the purposeful movements, secretive behavior and petit physique of this ‘Little-brown-bird’.

SONG versus LINCOLN’S SPARROW:Nemesis Bird

We are going through heartbreaking times and I salute all the people, who reach out to us with their art, ideas, innovations to inspire hope in us. I celebrate the Nature enthusiasts, who unit us by sharing their passions. Therefore I am enamored with @BlackAFinStem and their program for this week. Ever since a friend sent me the link for the #BlackBirders Week their program I have been spreading the word far and wide. You can learn more about black birders in these articles: HighCountry News interview with Sheridan Alford’s, BirdWatching, Guardian and check out the Twitter #BlackBirders Week. This is a much needed outreach to share our birds, experiences and love for Nature.

Jason and Jeffrey Ward and Corina Newsome are among the well-known Black birders involved in the project. Photos courtesy of the Ward brothers and Katherine Arntzen/Georgia Southern University ~ Black birders raising awareness this week

Kairos, the Greek god of timing, would agree this moment is ripe for new communicating platforms to connect, which fosters listening to each others observations, which results in fruitful back and forth exchanges. And let’s face it: we are starving for honest new beginnings!! Personally I trust Nature as my soothing healer, patient teacher and a soul caretaker, so I welcome her as a base from which to explore our birder kinship and build birder community diversity. I want to hear what it’s like for black birders to discover birds, Nature and how it feels to encounter white people, who threaten to call the police because of skin color. This program is an important call for white people to face that we need to stand in solidarity with black birders and allow the birds unit us. And maybe I should have posted my mystery bird for the #PostABird Challenge and added that SONG SPARROWS and LINCOLN’S SPARROWS nest on the ground underneath bushes.


In that spirit I leave you with this Nadine Anne Hura’s poem, which the high caliber New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, shared publicly: For Papatūānuka-Mother Earth~ Namaste~ jane

3 thoughts on “starting new beginnings…

  1. Lovely post, Jane, connecting birds and the horrifying racism that is like an invisible and silent disease in out country – until it erupts. I am right now reeling from an incident that happened this morning in our mobile home park as I was out walking with my cane. A white woman (a stranger) in a large van threatened to run over the dark-skinned hIspanic son of a long-term member of the Park, then rode over and broke his skateboard. It’s everywhere. We are encouraging the family to file a police report.

    Hope you are all healthy and connecting with the hearts of birds. I am having so much fun watching a family of five scrub jay teenagers figure out what they should eat and what not. They wisely rejected a piece of redwood bark and a nutritionally useless piece of dried grass. They still try begging every once in a while, and I did see one parent child exchange yesterday. But that is coming to a close I suspect. They’ve been fledged for almost two weeks now.

  2. Thank you for writing this post recognizing black birders and connecting the worlds of Earth love and social justice.

    1. I really appreciate your kind comment! Some years back I told a black friend how much a loved to take walks in nature by myself. She said that she had never done that, because that was considered too dangerous by her southern family. It made me endlessly sad that she had to treat nature as an unsafe place & be denied to nature-bath.

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