Reasons to be cheerful number one...
The wrens nimbly skip in and out of their nest in the ivy, flitting back and forth, singing as they go, the perfect couple showing us all how home-making and child-rearing should be done; efficiently, with little fuss whistling whilst we work. (Yeah, right!)
I watch from my patio seat, impressed.
The wood pigeons, on the other hand, are making a complete song and dance about the whole caboodle! They lollop along the fence with huge amounts of nest material in their mouth, far too much even when one considers that they are much larger birds and must build with that in mind. They drop half of it as they sit on the fence having a rest and then gaze down at the flower border now bedecked in their bedding material in utter disbelief.
With a calamatous flapping of wings the male takes what is left of the twigs, circles the silver birch tree at the end of the garden three times and swoops into the branches. A grand "Honey, I'm home!" entrance. Branches flail, there is a tussle, much sqwarking "Is that it? You've been gone ten minutes and all you've brought back is two twigs?" The branches sway violently and Mr Pigeon falls out, tries to gain composure, looks to see if any of the neighbours have seen, and clumsily continues his search for more building material.
And I watch amused.
Reasons to be cheerful number two....
It is too hot to be indoors. We read on the patio whilst fish is cooking. We eat outdoors. After supper we read some more outdoors. As the sun sets and it gets cooler we spend some time gardening.
Reasons to be cheerful number three...
Another wren family are ready to take their babes on adventures out of the nest. They go for walks up and down the buddleia branches. The babies' high pitched screeching becomes almost unbearable as time goes by. The parents patiently show them - for nearly an hour - how to pick at the spent buddleia flower heads. The babies totally ignore the parents and just run up and down the branches screeching.
Parenting across the species appears to have some similarities.