And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So, God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” Genesis 1:20-22
Have you ever tried to list the birds you see in your back yard? Bryce and I have been paying attention for years and we have specifically listed fifty varieties of birds seen in our yard on the back cover of our North American Bird Feeder Handbook.
Just this week I saw the small Hairy Woodpeckers, the cardinals, sparrows, blue jays, red-headed house finches, and a dead cedar waxwing. We have seen the white eyed vireo, the chimney swift and the rose breasted grosbeak.
I mention the cedar waxwing because I found it on the ground. This time of year, they eat the berries from my flowering crab tree. When they eat too much they fly manically into our windows. It makes me sad; but the tree feeds many birds all spring. Seeing the waxwing so close I saw it was a beautiful caramel cream color with a black face mask. The stomach area has a soft yellow patch of feathers with also some more yellow on its back. The very tip of the tail has a bright yellow color which makes it look like it was dipped in yellow paint.
The exquisite coloring made me realize God made this bird as it says in Genesis. What a piece of art! The feathers are so soft, and it can fly through the air with the greatest of ease. Sometimes they come in flocks of 10 or 20 and eat from our tree. How could you not believe in a creator when you gaze upon such beauty?
Prayer: Dear Father in Heaven, thank you for the great array of birds that live around us. Please protect them. Your imagination used for creation is awesome. Help us to spread the word you are the great creator. Amen