As the nesting season draws to a close, and the migratory birds have returned to their summer homes, we see fewer and fewer of our ‘regulars’ like the Great Blue Herons and Wood Storks here in the preserves.
Some of the juveniles and a few baby birds, like the Night Herons, Cattle Egrets, and Common Moorhens (Gallinules) still remain, but soon they, too, will fly off in search of new homes.
In Perek Shira, the Bird’s Song is Tehillim/Psalm 84:4: “Even the bird finds its home and the free bird her nest where she had her young . . .” Click here to see previous posts on Perek Shira / The Song of Creation.
It has been said that the Bird’s Song can often hold meaning for people as well, as “the yearning for our ‘nest’ can be understood as the yearning of each soul for its spiritual home.” (Song of the Bird).In the Jewish tradition, the mid-summer months include The Three Weeks, the time period leading up to Tisha B’Av, the 9th of Av, which falls on July 26 this year. Tisha B’Av is a somber fast day on the Jewish calendar commemorating many tragic events in Jewish history.The Three Weeks are a time of reflection and contemplation, a fitting time to pause each day to think about our lives, our relationships with others, and our own spiritual growth. A wonderful resource for those interested is this book by Dr. Erica Brown: In the Narrow Places, A Daily Inspiration for the Three Weeks (2011).