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At The Watering Hole

I’ve been keeping the “natural” birdbath (aka, pothole in the driveway) filled with water for the past few weeks, and have found it to be a pretty good bird-magnet for evening photo-opportunities. Admittedly, the backdrop isn’t very scenic, but the late-day sun hits it perfectly.  Here are a few of the visitors to drop by recently.

Northern Flicker (red-shafted)

Pair of Mourning Doves

Chipping Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Mountain Bluebird

Red Crossbill

Muley Doe

Okay, so the last one wasn’t a bird. Normally we have a lot of Mule Deer hanging around our place, but with all the spring grass and the does getting close to giving birth, they will be a less common sight for a couple months. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, during our early years here I thought that the only wildlife we had here were the deer, and sure didn’t think we had much of a variety of birds. Sorting through my image files last weekend, I tallied up 61 different birds that I’ve photographed in the Bull Mountains, 28 of which were taken in the immediate vicinity of the 20-Acre Wood.

I continue to be amazed at all the birds I never saw, until I started looking for them. There is no question that they were here; I never noticed them until I sought them. We tend to have that happen to us in many aspects of our lives. We may take certain things or people for granted, knowing they are there, but not really thinking about how important and impactful they are to our lives. Similarly, we may simply be oblivious to things around us due to ignorance or indifference. Oftentimes we are guilty of taking God, the Creator of this amazing planet, for granted or we don’t know or care about Him at all. This is really a shame, because God and salvation through His son, Jesus Christ, is easy to find, but we have to seek Him.  He makes His presence known and He wants a relationship with each of us, but if we don’t seek Him out, we may never find Him. A couple Scriptures bear this out in very simple language; “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6) and  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matt 7:7).

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7 responses

  1. The Birding Bunch

    These are beautiful photos. Not often do I think of waiting for the right lighting. We have a couple bird baths, but no hole in the driveway.
    We too are so amazed by all we see now that we look for birds. Even in Wal Mart’s parking lot we can find a bird or two and will stand there and watch them. We were treated to a Robin eating berries from one of the small trees in the middle of the parking area.
    You have a good way with words going from the physical into the spiritual. “Seek the Lord… ” Thank you for the encouragement.

    May 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    • Thanks, Birding Bunch! We keep talking about getting a real birdbath set up, but with so many natural ones on our lane, I just can’t seem to justify it! Like you, I tend to make some pretty neat finds of the avian variety just about anywhere I go.

      May 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      • The Birding Bunch

        I think you natural ones are nicer. We have two, one we paid for. The youngsters found a concrete basin in the culvert on our property. We keep that one the ground and it has been a favorite of most birds. We have one with a plastic insert set up a little higher off the ground. Robins and Red-wingeds bathe in that and other birds drink in it. But ours have to be cleaned, which I was to get done before I checked my email and blog. 🙂

        May 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

  2. Fascinating images of the birds, and beautiful quote from Isaiah 55 (one of my favorite chapters in the Bible).

    May 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    • Thank you, Dee. And I really like the “call to action” of that Scripture, as it tells what to do and makes a subtle reminder that it is a “limited time” opportunity!

      May 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm

  3. Wonderful post, Ken! Your photos are awesome, great close-ups. The northern flicker reflecting in the water is stunning!

    May 24, 2012 at 6:47 am

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