Monday, July 8, 2019

Morning Visitors

Genesis 1:20-23
Then God said, "Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. 
Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind."

My morning view is slightly obscured because of the screen but there is no getting by without it in the marsh! I know. You don't see Marshes in the photo but directly behind the homes across the street is dense Marshland and it's also right behind ours. The mosquitoes and yellow flies love to dine here so for our own comfort,
we must have screen! :-)

We've slowly been finishing our porch and landscaping our yard. As I'm not a big gardener, I don't want too much stuff to tend but I am loving our Black Crepe Myrtle. We have one on each side of the brick walkway and they are gorgeous. The morning is overcast after tremendous storms yesterday. Not the best for photos but I'm offering some anyway. :-)

We have many lovely birds but one of my favorites are the Mourning Doves who come by all day long. They love perching on top of the staff that holds our cage feeder and a thrifted wrought iron chandelier that has no votives. 

I have small peat pots, with big globs of hot glue on the edges so they don't fall through the holes but still drain well, placed in the votive spots and fill them with Safflower seed. The friendly birds aka 'songbirds' love them. The mean birds aka Cowbirds and Starlings, do not. 

Psalm 136:25
He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.

We keep the cage feeder filled with Wild Bird seed and the tiny birds just throw out what they don't want so the Doves, Blackbirds, and Ducks have plenty to eat. I usually fill the feeders every other day. We have a lot of  House Sparrows here. Some even live in the eaves of neighboring homes. But not ours. We made sure all entry points were repaired.

This morning was a great morning for bird watching. We saw a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird!!! I didn't have my camera handy when he came by the first time so we just sat super still and watched him feed from the Hummingbird feeder I JUST hung up on Friday. He then flitted over and landed on a tree branch not far off the porch. He stared and stared at us for the longest time. After he flew away I went immediately to get my camera. I am so glad I did!!!

What I failed to take into account was the fact it is 73* inside and about 80* outside and really humid. My lens immediately fogged up but he was back!! I had to snap the photo quickly or risk missing him. After getting the first one, I quickly wiped off the lens and got a second one.

Hazy but still beautiful!!!
As I was admiring Mr Hummer in one tree, a big Red-winged Blackbird landed in another.

Foggy lens and screen don't deter me though. I still enjoy capturing God's creation especially when the next one is the first I have EVER seen of this bird. I'm not completely sure what kind it is. I'm thinking either a Blue Bunting or a Blue Grosbeak. 

He looked over right at me. Wasn't that nice of him??
If you're a birder, what kind do you think he is?

That's my exciting morning bird watching from my screened in front porch.
Now it's time for food and feeds the body and one feeds the soul.

Matthew 4:4
Jesus answered, "It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone,
 but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."

Have a blessed day in the Lord!


  1. I love birdwatching! Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos.

    1. Hey, fellow birder!!! It's fun to identify them and so exciting when a new one comes around the feeders. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Melissa.

  2. Anne, thanks so much for your lovely, peaceful post that helped to soothe my downcast spirit today. There's no reason for it really...just one of those days. Such beautiful pics of God's creation! Love this.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it and that it provided a bit of peace in your day. Sitting out there, listening to the birds and praying is one of the most uplifting times of my own day. Love you, my friend! I'm so glad you stopped by for a 'visit'. Mwah!! xo

    2. Love you, too, sweet friend. You're the best! Hugs!

  3. I love bird watching! Our one feeder draws birds of all sizes, shapes and colors. How fun!

    1. I want to add more feeders but Jerry says No. They eat a lot of food!! :-)

  4. What lovely birds for you to watch!!! I've not heard of Black Crepe myrtles, had to google them and they are beautiful! My normal crepes and my Queen crepe are in bloom right now, a real treat every year.

    Happy Summer dear Anne ~ FlowerLady

    1. hey Rainey! We hadn't heard of them either until we saw these at Lowe's. Thought they were unique in color and they've turned out so beautiful!!

  5. I loved this posting even if it was a foggy day!
    Look at all those birds, so very nice, especially that blue one. I have no idea what kind of bird that is, but I'm going to look in my bird book when I have some free time and see if I can find anything.
    We do not have a lot of song birds here in the high country, but I do love the ones we are blessed with.

    Thank you for sharing your beauty with us Anne ~

    1. Hey Debbie!! Your high country is a song of beauty all its own!!! I always love seeing your photos. I'm pretty sure now it's a Grosbeak. He's only returned once since I posted this. Not sure why he is so shy. The feeders are usually full of feed and birds!


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