Food for Thought

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Isaiah 43:
19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.
Well, that was shocking!

The other day, I received a Garden Alive catalogue in the mail as I had ordered from their website last year. When I first saw it, I thought it was one of those other companies we no longer buy from.  The mailing label looked similar.

Curiosity got me… And what a disappointing shame since Garden Alive has so many organic friendly products!
Seed Companies Owned by Monsanto

If you do not want to support Monsanto, familiarize yourself with this list.  Because not even “Audubon”, a name synonymous to birds,  is exempt.  We recently got one of those catalogues as well.  Do not let any name fool you.

Another bit of “food”.  Sorry about the images, BUT it is said a picture is worth a thousand words.  An Indoor Cat is a Happy Cat

Now about your food…  Someone gave me a link of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen.  This is about the pesticides in the fresh produce we eat.  Washing and peeling are not enough to remove them completely.  Think about the purpose of pesticides; they are to kill.  Click on the other links at the top of that page to read more details.

And lastly, someone came by for a bit of food Sunday.  And the timing could not be funnier.  I had just sent off an email to a friend and in it I mentioned it was highly unlikely we were going to see any owls for Superb Owl Sunday.  They are just too hard to find in the daylight hours; we’ve tried.  Also, we were too sick to go to church, so  we sure were not traipsing around in the cold to look for well-camouflaged owls!

I kid you not. Within five minutes of sending that email, I was talking to Papa when I see a big bird flying over our south pasture.  Flying it was and changing directions so quickly.  We were running all over the house trying to get pictures or even just good looks at it.   Papa yells, “It’s an owl!”  Really?   Great Horned is running through my mind as I’ve read they will hunt in the daytime during winter.   Finally got some pictures before it went to the north pasture.  It caught something over there! YAY!

So, God not only sent us an owl for the day, He sent us a life bird that can also be added to our yard and bathroom lists.  :) A Short-eared Owl.   I think of it as the funny-faced owl.  Here is a link to learn about it and see better pictures.
Yes, the photo is icky, but it’s a photo!


Some years ago, we were told if our area has Northern Harriers, we should be seeing the Short-eared Owl.   They share the same habitat.   Finally, we were able to see this bird.  I wonder if one of these has already been here.  I always imagine some grand birds here while our backs are turned.  :D

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14 thoughts on “Food for Thought

  1. How fun! The owl sighting that is!

  2. Wow, can’t believe how big some of those cats are that are getting nabbed. I’m not looking, I;m not looking! I think I would be afraid for newborn babies.

  3. I agree so much that people who have cats should be keeping them indoors….. aside from even the predators they get cold and wet … It saddens me because I love birds but I also love my cat and would never let it roam outside day or night…. Diane

    • The habits of cats that are fed by humans is they still have the killing instinct, but do not actually eat their prey. This possibly explains the handful of birds we’ve seen dead, but no known cause.

  4. Hi Birding Bunch, Oh so exciting to see that owl. I have only seen a Great Horned Owl and the tiny Burrowing Owls in person outside of a zoo or bird organization sanctuary. Good post, thanks for the wealth of info. Have a tremendously nice week!

    • Thank you for commenting. Yes, it was pretty thrilling; we’re hoping it will come back. It was really nice seeing an owl in the daylight hours. Normally, we only hear Great Horneds overnight when we are trying to sleep. :) I hope you have a great week, too.

  5. My late friend who was a wildlife rehabber put it best…. The cat is a non-native species in our neighborhoods therefore causing problems. My two cats are indoor cats… Nice birding blog you.have… Michelle

    • Thank you for visiting my blog and your comment. We have a neighbour who is feeds ferals, so I am very touchy about this subject. He thinks they are good mousers, but yet doesn’t care about the Harriers, Red-taileds, Kestrels that frequent our area. This probably explains why we’ve found some dead birds in our yard. Anything else would eat them.

    • I do not know if you received my comment on your site yesterday. I noticed the post that I left it on is missing today. This is odd, you are a site, but even though I am logged in, the comment form shows like I am not. :?:

      • I closed the comments to stop the spam..I just posted today about the company that is new and is spamming all over the blog world..You might want to take a look as you are also WordPress

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