14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
Really bad photo, but the poor bird…
Little thing finally got its footing.
I enjoy the American Tree Sparrows. They are a close cousin to the Chipping Sparrows. This year the two barely met before the Chippings moved on. What I really like about them is their ink spot. What a funny marking! I don’t see it is something that would really help it blend in with the surroundings; it’s just there. But it does serve a purpose… at least from a birder’s perspective. It helps you more easily tell them apart from other sparrows.
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
A photo that is hardly worth sharing, but I like the lighting. Just as I put the image into this post, I noticed something. I had cropped this yesterday and did not even see the little thing.
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I have decided to stop allowing comments at this time. I enjoy writing about birds, but have a harder time enjoying the social network aspects of blogging. Sure there are sites I follow, read and comment on, but it began feeling like work dealing with the extras for my own blog. I hope you understand. I turned off the “likes” because I want to keep this site Christian in all aspects, and I have had a few icky “likes”. It is just better not displaying any.
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Northern Harrier looking for lunch
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Here is my Lapland Longspur after some wild editing. This is quite embarrassing, but you should see the original! Like the drawn-on feet? That’s because after I figured out how to lighten everything around the bird, it looked like it was floating. I needed to “ground” it. I played with the oil painting tool and tried touching up where the grass gave the bird some strange colors.
15 There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.
This photo is icky, but you can clearly see what species this silhouette is. S/he is sitting on the American Kestrel nesting box we put up last spring.
Great Horned Owl
I think this is the closest I’ve ever been to the big owl. I actually had gone in and out two times before I noticed this out of the corner of my eye. Something by the Kestrel box did not look right. Ooooh! I went back in to get the camera and to tell those who were awake. I stood in the front yard only where I had been before. I knew the picture would be pretty bad, but this was cool! I think it sat there for about 10-15 more minutes before flying east toward the creek.
I had been wondering if they were still in the area. We had not been waken by their night-song in awhile.
This owl species is why we don’t have any other owl species. Besides the delightful smelling skunk, the Great Horned also preys on other owls. I guess it doesn’t like the competition for aromatic delicacies. Actually, these owls will prey on just about anything. For the sensitivity of my readers, I will not list some of the more surprising prey.
We are waiting for Kestrels to take up residence, but maybe this is why they haven’t. ?? Starlings started to move in last year, but Papa boarded up the hole before they could get far in nest building. We were told they prefer having tree cover. As you see here, that’s not a problem. Also, the Kestrel hole is too large for their liking- 3 inches in diameter. No one told these Starlings they need smaller holes.
Unlike some owls, the Great Horned is not a cavity nester. They reuse a previously built nest (by some other bird) that is near the top of tall trees. They are a hearty bird; sometimes laying eggs in January. In these northern states, that is cold!
3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
4 For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.
Warning: Bad photo alert.
Here is a Horned Lark, though this one isn’t showing much horn. It does have a fine mustache and yellow throat instead.
A trick I learned in finding these guys or gals. (Yep, even the ladies have mustaches) is the fact that not all little flocks of brown birds along the roads are House Sparrows. The best time to find them is after the snow covers their fields. They seem to prefer the quieter roads, rather than the busier state and US highways. The less travelled country is full of surprises.
Here was a grand surprise Sunday afternoon. A Western Meadowlark! We thought they all left the area. How do I know it is a Western? The field guide says so. Eastern is a summer bird here. Also, the malar is yellow, rather than white. One name given to these birds was Meadow Starling, but unlike the European, this bird is native to the United States.
The above bird is fine. It is standing on one leg to keep the other one warm. And below, s/he gave up and just sat down.
These photos were taken from the paved road near our house ,within a couple miles from each other. We also saw an American Kestrel flying off with its prey.