Outside my kitchen window hang two bird feeders: a suet feeder for the woodpeckers and flickers, and black oil sunflower seed feeder for the songbirds and any other creatures who care to visit. During a long winter such as this one has been, the birds have come to rely on the extra nutrients, and I keep their feeders well stocked.
In return, they reward me with a fabulous show while I cook and wash dishes. They fly in and perch on my deck or on the bare branches of the hydrangea planted next to the feeders, each waiting its turn. The bigger and bossier species take precedence, while little ones bravely dart in as they may.
It’s intriguing to see up close their colorful plumage and note behavior peculiar to each species. Nuthatches have the habit of eating upside down.
A cardinal prefers to eat while perched on the feeder tray, rotating a seed in its beak and cracking it lickety-split.
The tiny chickadees, with their neat black caps, are just plain adorable!
The crested titmouse, in lovely shades of gray, blush, and white, is one of my favorites because of its sweet call and subtle coloring.
The indigo bunting is a shy blue jewel of a bird that I’ve only seen a few times in my yard.
As I watch my yard birds each day, season to season, I learn their habits and personalities and wonder at those with recognizable scars and markings. How, I wondered, did a male cardinal that visited last year survive whatever caused the terrible scar on one side of his face? It seemed as though he might even be blind in one eye.
Of course, God knows.
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. – Matthew 10:29
He designed each bird in intricate detail.
And God created…every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. – Genesis 1:21
He knows well every creature that he has made.
I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. – Psalm 50:11
His intimate knowledge of and care for his creatures should give us a sure hope—that he cares far more deeply for us, who are created in his image, supplying our every need in his time and in his way.
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
common house sparrow
What birds do you see in your yard? What reminds you of God’s love and care for us? I’d love to hear from you.