Sunday, August 29, 2010
Usually by now the elderberries would be picked clean. I wonder what the birds know that we don't know.
The bush hangs burdensome looking waiting for robins and cedar waxwings. I found a dead cedar waxwing this morning by the window,how sad. But nothing will... could be sadder than what I found in my garden today.
A severely wounded Canada goose,whose wing had all but been severed. Early this morning he was on our deck..wing hanging and bleeding. We tried to go after him,but he hobbled quickly away before we could get him. All I could do was call animal control to report what we had witnessed. I have thought and searched for him all day. He is doomed if they don't get him and take him to an animal rehab place.
Oh dear, the bad side of gardens..the terrible fate that befalls some animals that come to your refuge..your open bar of joy.....not too joyful today I confess. And like a poem I once wrote about grief..how when we grieve we visit every grief we ever had. This made me think of a possum that also found its way to our deck one summer. It was badly wounded by some attack and it was panting. I tried to get someone out to help this poor creature. But no one returned my calls....no one cared. I put out a box and some water. He crawled inside for awhile...then disappeared. I don't know what ever happened to him.
Or the one time a Cuckoo roosted in our pine tree...we were thrilled that he let us watch him. But he never left..he just dropped down to the next branch..until he dropped to the ground dead.
I hate this part of my garden...all the sadness for me.. watching helpless.
After this horrifying morning I was on a mission to find some joy. It took a while, but patience was rewarded. I was sitting in the garden just watching and listening and there at my feet jumped a toad... ugly beautiful little thing. Then some goldfinches flew into the tree with their merry tweeting...and then a hummingbird and a downy woodpecker.....and a huge dragonfly.
thank you Lord for sending me some joy
and please help your injured goose