Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner

Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 11- Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Yesterday we were greeted with thirty robins in the backyard taking turns drinking from the bird bath. We installed a bird cam yesterday and were anxious to see the photos that this camera had taken of the robins.  I began to think....birds are like families.  I bet if The Robins were coming for dinner, you would love and dread it at the same time. So many family members to feed but so many good times to be had!  The day got better, we noticed a new bird that was with the robins that we didn't recognize.  Being the avid bird watchers we are we hurried to take a photo.  Ugh, the camera was in the car! I missed it.  This new bird was brown and black with a white streak along its eyes.  We consulted our bird book and narrowed it down to some sort of sparrow. Determined it would come back I got the camera out of the car.

We filled the bird baths and took the birdcam down and downloaded the photos to see what shots we got.  Wow this birdcam thing was great.  We discovered that the raccoon the night before had been drinking from the bird bath too.  We cleared the memory and put the birdcam back.

 Soon the robins came back with some Carolina Chickadees, and a Titmouse.  Then the Yellow Rumped and Cape May Warbler Families came with their bird bodyguard, the Blue Jay to guard their Walton-size family of thirty. As the Warblers came, I saw it again!  That new bird. It was in the palm tree eating seeds. I grabbed the camera and got some shots of this new bird as it peaked through the palms. 

I noticed the Carolina Wren digging on the ground for bugs along with a Black and White Warbler. The Carolina Wrens have to be my favorite as they are fearless.  The first family built a nest in our wreath on the front door.  This family had five baby birds and raised them on the front door so we could watch them through our front door peep hole.  We were happy they were there but sad that the babies chose to fly for the first time when we were away for the weekend.  They have since repeatedly built nests in the garage (in one day how do they do that?)  If birds can build nests with a beak made of hair, pine needles and twigs, why can't we build a nest with ten fingers on two different hands?  I want to invite the Wren family over for dinner.  They could cook the dinner, make the bowls and clean up before I could get up from the table.

I finally got the photo of this new bird with the camera as I noticed another pair of bird of equal excitement. Two Cedar Wax Wings came into the magnolia tree. They never come into the yard but I guess they had heard the Robin Family was having a party so they came without invitation.  I love these birds and just couldn't believe they finally came.  I quickly snapped the photos of the wax wings as the Crows descended to temporarily scare the robins away to get a drink.  Word about the party quickly got out, and the Red-bellied Woodpecker showed up with the Morning Ground Doves.  The Regular Ground Doves brought the American Gold Finches.  And you know the party was in full force when the Cardinals arrived.  All in all, there were 16 different kinds of birds to share their beauty in diversity.  There were over 90 birds who stopped at one time or another yesterday. 

Content with knowing the fifteen birds, I looked on and in our book of Florida Birds to identify the sixteenth.  I looked up Henslow, Lincoln's, Clay-Colored Sparrows.  Close but not quite.  I finally found it.  It's always like finding the golden treasure on a deep sea drive.  It was a White-Throated Sparrow.  The spot of yellow beside it's beak was even there! WOW what a beautiful bird.  And we would have never seen it if it hadn't decided to join the Robins and come to our backyard for a drink.  The faith the White-Throated Sparrow had in its friends is something for us to learn from.  If we trust our friends who are part of a family bigger than themseves and follow them, they won't let us down.  Oh, the pure joy to be a part of the sum that is bigger than its whole.  They are not going to let their own family down so we have to have faith in them too.  Sometimes doing the right thing is to have blind faith. Its OK to be a little vulnerable when we are in need.  God will help us when we need to follow others to help ourselves.  The birds never go without food.  If God takes care of the birds, he will feed us and take care of us too.

Matthew 6:34
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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