I was fascinated watching BBC Spring Watch the other evening.

A Jackdaw had set up residence with a Magpie and together, they were building a nest. The presenters suggested that the Jackdaw, thinking he was a Magpie, occasioned this strange phenomenon.

Perhaps his egg had been mysteriously hatched with a batch of Magpie chicks?

No one however endeavoured to explain how or why the Magpie accepted the Jackdaw! Surely she could see that he was not a Magpie?

Was there some strange mental telepathy going on between these two different breeds?


I was not at all dumfounded by the discovery of the unusual behaviour of these two birds.

I’ve seen the same thing happen to us humans.

A family web is often not just woven by genetics.

The weaving of trust, understanding and love also builds and binds the web of family.

I’ve experienced adopted children, with no genetic link to their foster parents, who have felt a ‘biological’ connection to them. They feel, appear, act and sound genetically connected.

The two identities seem to have a similar rhythm to nature’s tie. All living minds are strong.

I believe that trust and love created this unyielding link.

Scientific minds will say that human emotions have no place in the genetic equation.

This may be so but we humans appear to be loosing our reliance on nature. For us, nature’s rhythm of life may be devolving.

Perhaps our human manufactured feelings are creating stronger connections over time? Do these match the power of nature’s genetic links?

Whatever our understanding of family bonds, scientists are creating means to over come natures processes. They manufacture genes in their laboratories and could even create ‘manmade’ species of their own.

This scares me and I’m thankful that I’ve been taught about the powers of love and caring. Maybe these feelings will protect my progeny? Future scientific changes to nature’s genetics could have all sorts of adverse ripple effects?

But where does all this leave the two lovebirds Jackdaw and Magpie?

I’d say in a happy place.

This unlikely couple have taught me that it doesn’t matter what your gene make up is or what you look like.

All that really matters is you liking me and me liking you. That’s a natural phenomenon that we can work on by ourselves – just like the Jackdaw and the Magpie.