It is 5 a.m and I am hanging out with the Sparrows under the eaves of my house. I want to see the view that this friendly colony of birds have from their terraced eyrie, so I climb as high as I dare and hang out of the window. Their nests are inches above my head and their view of the garden is ravishing!
This adventurous idea of mine to spend time with these colonial, social birds is accompanied by much cheeping and chirruping as the Sparrows go about their daily tasks. Totally unperturbed by my presence, they are constantly on the move, swooping back and forth down to the garden to get food for their young. And I realise how accustomed they must be to the daily rhythms of my gardening life, always flying around and above me as I go about my tasks. They must oversee the watering, weeding, planting and the filling of their feeders with nuts and seed, just like some winged garden caretakers.
With my arms aching now from all the reaching and thoughts of flying, I take some photos, capturing a glimpse of the birds-eye view of the habitat we share. These pictures will be the most perfect memento of how my life is entwined with these special, cheery little birds who help to make my garden feel so special.