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. 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.