Monday, January 28, 2008

Life Lesson.


The last two days the girls and I have played outdoors, the weather has just been extraordinary, sun shining and the temperatures plus 4.
We have 3 bird feeders and with the gorgeous weather our fine feathered friends have been eating non stop.
They empty their feeders twice a day. I asked the girls to help me fill them this afternoon, knowing full well there would be a show in a matter of minutes. We enjoy our birds, we live near a river, have a lot of shrubs around us so we have a great variety. The girls have learnt to pick out the type of bird using a beautiful bird book given to them by their special Aunt H.
We hung up the feeders and went to the deck, sure enough, the birds started to come , the show was about to begin, oh we had no idea.
About 5 minutes into our bird watching a Sparrow Hawk flew into the flock of sparrows , clutched one in his talons and gave in a quick shake and flew off to a pine in the next yard.
Standing in shock, all quiet until Jill let out a shriek and started to cry. Jen on the other hand started to get angry and told me she was going to get that bad bird. I am still standing with my mouth open, total shock to what I have just witnessed.
We went in , I explained nature and that the hawk had to eat.
Some life lessons can be so hard especially when your 3and 5.

12 comments:

mommy24treasures said...

yikes! what a hard lesson to have to learn. I was shocked as I read your post, how odd the Hawk had to choose that particular moment... I can just imagine your girls feelings. I have some animal lovers myself.

Sam said...

First, I'm so sorry I am laughing my butt off. I'm sure it was a rough experience for all, but then you just have to laugh and say WTF! Of all the times for this to happen, it had to be when your sweet little sirens lured in those unsuspecting birdies with yummy seed! And I thought they were so innocent!!!

It sure sounds like something that would happen to us!!! ;o)

OH MY #6 said...

it all sound so good and THEN! Oh dear!

Lea

Beverly said...

What a way to learn them.

Bev

nikki said...

Oh no! My jaw was hanging open as I read that...
poor babies. Hope they have recovered from the "show".

Dolores and Shawn said...

I remember having a similar conversation with my grandmother when I was about four. I saw a squirrel on the road that had been killed by a car and I kept asking my grandma why someone couldn't sew it up and it would come back to life.

I hope your girls recover from that very hard life lesson.

secret agent said...

I"m sorry but I am laughing my ass off here
it's so similar to my life here in the sticks.....
we've had bird massacre here......my mouth is constantly agape.

Doris & Dan said...

"Monkey King`s Wild Kingdom"

Hard lesson to learn for the wee ones. Even as an adult it is disconcerting.

Keep smilin!

girl of a thousand blogs said...

I think those "teachable moments" are the best of all, though -- better to hear it from you than someone else (school).

crazylady said...

bird eat bird world... best they learn early
:)

Headmeister said...

I knew this is what you were going to say... I have marsh hawks that come and try to do the same thing but haven't been successful yet. Sorry the girls had to see that while so young...

Jewels of My Heart said...

I know you all must have been in shock. I love hawks. I love most birds of prey. Yes, they do need to eat... but I admit that when you see them in action it can be quite tramatizing... and I am 42.
Sorry your babies had to learn the laws of nature so early.