Mankind has had a long time fascination with our feathered friend, the bird.

Bird songs, bird nests, bird symbolism, bird art, bird watching. For most city dwellers it will be the bird that instantly connects us to nature. They are smart, beautiful and usually graceful. Except for the pigeon, sorry, but the pigeon is just not thought of as graceful.

Birds are one of the most diverse species in the world, and are symbols of hope as poets as Emily Dickinson expresses in this excerpt from her poem:
"Hope" is the thing of feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops - at all.

....and for you early birds, some suggestions for Mothers Day, which is not far off...