Posts Tagged ‘Birds of Texas’

The birds of the air…

January 19, 2010

Lesser Goldfinch

I’ve added a new page to this blog – The birds of the air…  It’s simply a bit of  dabbling in one of my biggest passions – bird watching.   It’s not remotely related to Orthodoxy, except in the sense that it’s an appreciation of the creatures put on this Earth by a loving God.  I’ve been an active birder since I took some ornithology classes related to my wildlife science major at Texas A & M, but it’s much more than a scientific study for me after 25 years.  And yes, Orthodoxy and science are not enemies.  I just happen to believe in the Orthodox teaching that some stuff is just a mystery.  Science is great, but don’t look for it to explain the unexplainable.

For me birding is the most immediate contact with the natural world and its animals.  Birds are everywhere around us; they are the most visible and accessible creatures, and picking up a pair of binoculars and “hunting” for them satisfies a human desire to understand and be a part of the natural world.  I’d go so far as to say that in some sense it’s also a spiritual experience, but not so far as to say ‘nature is my religion’ or ‘the outdoors is my church’.  Too many people these days substitute a worship of the creation for worship of the Creator.   Anyway, if you’re interested, check back once in a while and I’ll update the list with reports about my backyard feeders or any birding trips I’m taking. 

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.     Matthew 6:26

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Up Close With Carrion

April 5, 2009

Black Vulture

What’d you do on the way home from church today?  Visit grandma?  Take the kids and the dog to the park?  Get a venti latte at Starbucks and read the Sunday paper?  My kids and I stopped at a roadkilled White-tailed deer down the street from our house to watch a Black Vulture take a lunch break.  You know your kids see things a little different when someone says, “Cooool – he’s picking its brains out!”   

Now that makes a mom proud (at least birdwatching moms).  My boys are so awesome. 

(Sorry I couldn’t get any pictures, but hope you like these stock photos of this really beautiful bird.)

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