Writing: Everyday Inspiration, Day Thirteen: Play with Word Count

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The first day two birds came through my bedroom window and surveyed the room as it were. Then they flew outside, and after a while they returned wet moss and pieces of dried twigs and immediately started to build a nest inside my room just above the window.  Repeated times they went away and returned with wet moss and twigs and never stopped the process until their project was completed. I stood amazed at the birds’ brilliant technology and to see how well they coordinated their efforts without a drafted plan on paper; and with ease built a proper nest for their expected brood. It was interesting to see how they stock up some of their chosen materials together before the female used her feet and beak to fix the nest.

By the second day the parent birds had finished building their nest and they left the room. But in the evening the female bird alone returned and occupied the empty nest, and after three days I made a check on the nest, and I observed three little eggs in the nest. And she sat on them for the next three weeks, saved for the short times when she went outside for personal reasons, and more often than not the male came in and sat on the eggs until the female bird returned.

Thus after about three weeks the setting cycle for the eggs was finished and the young birds picked their way out of their respective egg shells. And their parents fed them until they were strong enough to fly around the room, when the mother carried them with her beak on a tree outside. I admired the way they worked together to provide and to protect their young.

If birds are so sensitive and can act so responsibly when it comes to starting and planning ahead for their family: then human beings being the highest in animal kingdom have no excuse for ignoring family planning issues.

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