Monday, March 12, 2012

Swifts Welcomed at Western Wall

From Arutz-7:

The Common Swift, a unique bird that spends most of its life on the wing, returns to Western Wall for a short vacation from Africa. Nature-lovers are planning a welcoming ceremony Monday.

The Friends of the Swifts Association, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, and Tel Aviv University are working together to save existing nesting sites of the special bird. Its arrival at the Western Wall also symbolizes the approaching spring, said the sponsors of the welcoming ceremony.

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They said that a special study to map the nests was conducted in 2002 by researcher Ulrich Tigges and by the late Prof. Mendelssohn, during which 88 nests were noted. This study map served as a guideline during the work of strengthening the Western Wall, keeping the nests unblocked.

The full story is here.

Birds have been making their nests near the temple ever since the psalmist wrote, “Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young, a place near your altar....Blessed are those who dwell in your house” (Psalm 84:3-4).

Bird perched on stone of Western Wall, tb090705995

Pigeon perched in hollow of the Western Wall

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  • In 1987 I spent a beautiful evening at the Western Wall reading Psalm 84 as the setting sun caused Herod's massive stones to glow pink and orange and as I watched the birds flit in and out among the cracks, still on duty. It remains a favorite memory.

    By Blogger J. Baggett, at Tue Mar 13, 06:09:00 PM  

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