Tea and Nature — The “Tea Kettle” Bird

Tea has influenced the lives of men and women for many centuries. It has brought them together over the kettle of water as it was heating, drawn them into convivial camaraderie as the leaves infused in the gaiwan, teapot, or kyusu, and moistened their laughter with its range of flavors from the bitter, to the richly malty, to the floral, to the sublime.

Tea is part of and one with nature. It is steeped from the leaves of the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis). No fillers. No “guar gum this” or “sorbitol that.” No red dye no. 2 or 3 or gazillion. Just tea plant leaves. And sometimes flower petals, and fruit pieces, and spices, and stuff like that.

Being such a natural beverage, tea seems conversely and beneficially to affect nature and its creatures, even the littlest ones. There is a little bird (brown on top and whitish on the underside) who thinks he’s a tea kettle. He is the Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus), and his habitat ranges across the eastern half of the U.S. and into Mexico and parts of Central America. He’s a tiny thing, only about 4.7–5.5 inches long, likes to hang out in shrubbery, and gobbles up insects and spiders (the next time someone tells you he/she eats like a bird, tell them about this bird’s diet). Only the male bird of this species sings, by the way.

This little warbler’s call sounds like he’s saying “tea kettle, tea kettle, tea kettle”. Luckily — or maybe unluckily, depending on the time of day he chooses to start singing — one of these little cuties has decided to perch on the corner of our deck railing to serenade the avian community. His favorite time seems to be sunup, which, as you know, is earlier and earlier now that we have passed Spring Equinox. (The deck, unfortunately, is right below our master bedroom window.) All will be quiet, and then hubby and I hear “tea kettle, tea kettle, tea kettle” repeated several times. A natural alarm clock.

Of course, this little guy and the many others in the area don’t sing just in the morning. They call out all day long across our neighborhood for the tea kettle. They serve as a good reminder to us during the hours twixt sunrise and sunset to get that kettle going and steep a pot of tea.

Somehow, the tea that seems a natural to have right now is a nice Bird’s Nest Pu-erh. Tee hee … oops, I mean “tea kettle, tea kettle, tea kettle”!

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