Birding Buffalo Calf

Photo courtesy of Check here to see pictures of the other warblers that frequent Ohio and West Virginia. Over the past few weeks my Scripture memory has centered around Matthew 6:33, using the birds and the lilies as examples of God’s care for his creation and, much more, for us. Then came an opportunity one morning to “behold the fowls of the air” in our own yard. As busy as ever it took a good deal of twittering to get my attention. Two groups of birds, passing through the woods, merged for a brief time and created a birder’s paradise. It reminded me of mornings in Manassas where a good birding day was hard not to notice from our second-story kitchen window. If you’re a birder too you’ll know what I mean when I say that some days are just better than others. I hadn’t been birding in the fall often however and for warblers it can be a difficult time for identification. Nonetheless there was one new identification: the famous Blackburnian Warbler. Dad and I identified our first Chipping Sparrows in West Virginia. Photo from Wikipedia.Probably a male, it appeared as the female in the picture above, due to the season. Then today, not far from the porch, came the  sighting of Chipping Sparrows, back to West Virginia wintering grounds. They didn’t mind the cold a bit. Though more common than the warbler, it made for quite an encouraging sight and I’m thinking I’ll have to keep on the alert this autumn more than I have before.


  1. Robert October 7, 2009 at 10:58 pm #

    Donald, it’s good to see you “beholding the fowls of the air.” It sure makes me want to go birdwatching! The only birds I usually pay much attention to up here in Chicago are the Canadian Geese that all seem to be heading south this time of year.

  2. Po Hau October 8, 2009 at 1:11 am #

    Donald,it is good to see the birds in the yard.
    Because that means you living in a greener environment. This Autumn I hope to see many birds migrate from other country. Also hope you can see many birds you want to see in your home.

  3. Esther Staddon October 14, 2009 at 5:04 pm #

    What a blessing just to be able to step outside into God’s beautiful creation and observe the amazing detail of His design!

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