A Little Intervention

I am enjoying the company of several pairs of mocking birds this year.  Their repertoire of bird songs is incredible.  They are masters of mimicry and their morning serenade includes familiar and exotic selections that make the woods seem like a giant aviary.

Watercolor of a cardinal on her nest by Karen Hines

Nesting Cardinal, watercolor by Karen Hines

Cardinals, wrens and mocking birds have all chosen to nest nearby.  This week the tranquility of the morning was interrupted by hysterical screeching from a pair of birds nesting in one of my bushes and I found a large black snake in there, head poised above the nest.

With last week’s post Bees and Spiders and Snakes, Oh My on my mind, I carefully pulled the snake out by the tail, scooped her up on a rake and flung her into the woods hoping that she wouldn’t return.

I realize that not all eggs hatch nor fledglings survive to leave their nests. There is no lack of predators in these woods. Predators keep the balance.  Neither prey nor predator is guaranteed to survive the law of nature.

In this case, a little intervention to adjust the “course of nature” seemed to be the right course of action at the time.  I hope that the pair of mocking birds will be successful parents but in the end nature will determine their fate.

About Karen Hines Art

I am an artist living in the mountains of Virginia and expressing my love of nature through painting.
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