14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
We truly are enjoying the visitation of Common Redpolls. How they got stuck with “common”, I’ll never know. It is called Mealy Redpoll in other parts of the world. But does “mealy” sound any better than “common”?
Recently, I learned that some birds will do some very unbird-like behaviours. One of these is a Le Conte’s sparrow burrowing among tall grasses. Warning: Our computer has no sound, so I am not aware if anything was said.
Another fascinating behaviour is done by our delightful Redpolls. They will burrow into the snow, where they will sleep at night. This helps insulate them from the cold.
The day after we saw first saw these Redpolls, one of the children found this. He said it was maybe two feet long. This was after a little melting occurred, so it may have looked different earlier in the day.
I will admit, this may very well not have been done by a Redpoll. It could have been a mouse/vole, but the thing was, there were no mouse prints around this area. We did not have much wind with this snowfall to obscure any. This remains a mystery unless we actually get to see Redpolls digging, but it is neat to think it possibly might be.
A female Common Redpoll enjoying food away from the crowd.
Once again, I am in awe of how creative our God is. He has thrown so many surprises into his creation that there should never be any reason for us to get bored.