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Living in Harmony With Each Other

Updated: May 20, 2021

Good morning. It is Monday, April 19, 2021.

We have a variety of birds in southern Oregon. I want to talk about two of them this morning.

I live near the Rogue River and most days when I venture to town, I cross a bridge. The thing that is most interesting about this bridge is when the new bridge was built, the old bridge was left in place, minus the driving deck. The reason? It is home to two Osprey nests.

But there is another bird that comes first. The Canada Goose. They, like Osprey, return to the same nest every year and that is what makes this bridge so special.

I'm sure this ritual was going on long before I moved out to the country, but I am still fascinated by it. The geese begin their nesting season 3 to 4 weeks before the Osprey. You will see one nest occupied with a pair of geese while the other remains empty. And then suddenly there they are, a pair of Osprey. They get right to work rebuilding their nest. And so it goes. Through the weeks of March and early April, a pair of Canada Geese in one nest and a pair of Osprey in the other.

According to the National Wildlife Federation the male Osprey will choose the nesting site; both male and female will gather material such as twigs and other material to build the nest, but it is generally the female that will arrange the nest. I love how they work together!

My sister was visiting a few weeks ago and remarked how the goslings would have quite a drop into the river once they were ready to leave the nest. Good thing they can can swim immediately upon hatching.

Osprey can live as long as 25 years and will come back to that same spot every spring. Geese 10 to 20 years and do the same. The osprey is protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Geese are not. Both breeds of bird mate for life.

Mary Lou Simms is an investigative reporter specializing in wildlife issues and she studied Canada Geese for over a decade. She found that Canada geese purr like cats when content. Not the long, continual purr of the household cat but a series of intermittent (start-and-stop) purrs. She says if a goose purrs in your presence, consider it an honor. Or if one runs its beak across your back or down your side, that’s considered a hug in geese society. After years of study, she concluded that the Canada goose is a most joyous creature. There seems to be an inborn enthusiasm that carries over from generation to generation. According to the goose mantra, every moment is to be cherished, savored, revered. She also says a Canada goose never forgets a face or a kindness. Give one treats or rescue an injured goose and you have made a friend for life.

Let's be more like a goose. Let's be more like these two species of birds that live in harmony next to one another.

Romans 12:16, CSB: "Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation."

Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."

Psalm 133:1 NIV "How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!"

And above all, remember that God loves you. Look back on your life and see where He has taken care of you. If you cannot see it, ask Him for the special insight you need to recognize the times that He is been there for you. If He loves the birds of the air and gives them what they need, how much more will He take care of you?!

Matthew 6:26 "Behold the birds of the air; for they sow not, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them; are you not much better than they are?"

I hope your day is blessed! And remember, Jesus is coming soon!

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