Our beautiful garden provides a perfect habitat for wildlife. We really enjoy the visiting birds, observing them, feeding them, listening to their song and identifying them using the bird books.
When we chanced upon a sparrow in the garden, the children were intrigued.
A sensitive adult supported them and moved the bird to a safe spot where the children could observe it.
It appeared to have died. Some beautiful conversations ensued where the children talked about what they thought had happened. The adult skillfully pondered alongside and captured the children's thinking, before burying the bird in our garden.
"He got scratched... by a huge lion"
"We need birds to eat some of the insects"
"The cat scratch... died"
"I was very surprised"
"That was scary"
"He bumped his head. He c-laped (collapsed)"
"Bad cat! He did everything. He fight the bird. That's not Rachel Keeling Values!"
"Fly the bird... with the wings. Fly away"
"Maybe fox scratch him with the hands"