I can’t remember a time when there weren’t birds in my life. Oh, not just the ones in the trees, but birds in the hen house, birds in a wire cage, birds in our house, birds in a shoebox, birds at a feeder. I was always trying to save injured birds or climb a tree to see baby birds in their nest. I tried to trap a quail once. Dad raised parakeets for a while. Gran had a parakeet for twelve years. I kept homing pigeons one summer. Grandad had a pet crow. I raised white doves. I kept finches in my office. And now I wander around refuges and feed birds in my back yard.
I’m not really a great birdwatcher. I don’t know lots of birds by sight and certainly not by sound. However, I do try to identify the ones that come to the yard and I like to label the pictures I take. So I have several bird guides and I study them when I can.
I was reluctant at first to try bird photography because I don’t have a big lens and I can’t spend hours walking or standing. But I’ve worked out my own method of getting some decent shots. I put birdseed on the patio and sit near the glass door. The birds become accustomed to seeing me and if they are hungry they make good models. Recently I’ve been sitting on the patio for longer periods of time and a few of the birds are becoming used to that as well.
Sometimes I just watch the birds while I eat lunch or drink my afternoon coffee. There is something relaxing and reassuring about watching birds. They’re a constant reminder to me of God’s love and care.
There aren’t many animals that are as entertaining to listen to as they are to watch. I walked out to get the mail a few minutes ago and the birds were singing brightly despite the overcast day. One of the joys of gardening is listening to them while I work.
So…today I’m especially thankful for birds and the enjoyment they bring to my life. I hope you have birds at your house as well. The thing about birds is…they’re wonderful!