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Two Wings and some Prayers was a new venture for Boarbank - a birdwatching-cum-retreat week. It was inspired by the many guests who had said that they would like to know more about birds, so in early May we set out to help them!

Our prayers in one respect were answered perfectly, as the weather could not have been better. Sr Margaret A. introduced the week with a reflection on the parallels between birdwatching and prayer: silence, stillness, patience, attentiveness, beauty and surprise!

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 Fiona Clucas  Adder snake

 

Mary gave a lively presentation on birds in the New Testament, and Karim introduced us to the basics of birdsong, and Sr Margaret explored the theological implications of stories about saints and birds.

A major highlight of the week was a visit from the leading wildlife artist Fiona Clucas. Fiona told us about her own paintings, began a painting for us, and then encouraged us to have a go ourselves - the level of talent that was uncovered was wonderful to see!

On the practical birding side, we had a superb visit to Hay Bridge, where ospreys were nesting, kindly guided by Dave Oliver, and a trip to Leighton Moss, where the beginners were taken around by enthusiastic volunteer wardens. A surprisingly large group got up for a 4.45 a.m. Dawn Chorus walk, and learnt a large number of songs as a reward. A return trip to Leighton Moss in the evening was rewarded with the sight of a rare visiting cattle egret. Altogether we saw more than 90 species in a very enjoyable week.

 With the RSPB guide Having a look from the hide 
 Dawn chorus walk 5am  View of bay on dawn chorus walk

Just to get you in the mood, we have a short audio recording taken at about 5am during the dawn chorus walk. It was surprisingly cool at that time, maybe 5 degrees C. Close your eyes and imagine you were there, without even having to get up!

In between, the group joined together for meals and were welcomed to join the Sisters for their Mass and Sung Office.

Social activities included a showing of the marvellous film Winged Migration and a final social evening including a bird quiz.

Very many thanks to all who encouraged us with this venture, and especially to Karim, Ellen and Sabria for making it possible.

We hope it might be the first of many - if you are interested, please contact SR MARGARET

Finally, we have a slide show for you to watch. It includes all the pictures on this page, and others too. Just let it play and the slides will change by themselves.

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