Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher,  Oklahoma’s Long-tailed State Bird

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, Oklahoma’s Long-tailed State Bird

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, Oklahoma’s Long-tailed State Bird Dr. James J. S. Johnson SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER in flight Photo credit: Oklahoma Dep’t of Wildlife Conservation He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.    (Psalm 91:4) Feathers provide a soft aerodynamic covering for birds, and … Continue reading

Avian And Attributes – Scarlet-plus Birds

Avian And Attributes – Scarlet-plus Birds

“They shall spread over them a scarlet cloth, …” (Numbers 4:8a NKJV) “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18 KJV) Avian and Attributes – Scarlet II Scarlet This … Continue reading

Avian And Attributes – Scarlet

Avian And Attributes – Scarlet

“And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” (Matthew 27:28-29 NKJV) Avian and Attributes – … Continue reading

Avian And Attributes – Scale

Avian And Attributes – Scale

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales And the hills in a balance? Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, Or as His counselor has taught Him? With whom did … Continue reading

Flying – By Creation Moments

Flying – By Creation Moments

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 Flying – By Creation Moments The concept of flying has inspired so much in the way of art – visual, musical, … Continue reading

Double-crested Cormorant Juvenile at Indian Rocks Beach

Double-crested Cormorant Juvenile at Indian Rocks Beach

My niece, Angie, sent the above photo of a bird they observed at the Indian Rocks Beach shore in Florida. She asked what kind of a “sea duck” it was. She was close, but the cormorant family is totally separate. I let her know that it was a juvenile Double-crested Cormorant. She later told me … Continue reading

Avian And Attributes – Sapphire

Avian And Attributes – Sapphire

“And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;” (Revelation 21:19 KJV) Avian and Attributes – Sapphire SAP’PHIRE, n. [L. sapphirus; Gr. to scrape, to shine, to be fair, open, beautiful.] A … Continue reading

The Raven and the Old Woman’s Garden – by Emma Foster

The Raven and the Old Woman’s Garden – by Emma Foster

The Raven and the Old Woman’s Garden by Emma Foster “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 NKJV) Once there was a small raven that lived in a tree that stood in the middle of a large garden a woman had planted years ago. The … Continue reading

GREAT  BLUE  HERON  COUPLES,  CONTENTED  WITH  STEREOTYPICAL DOMESTIC ROLES

GREAT BLUE HERON COUPLES, CONTENTED WITH STEREOTYPICAL DOMESTIC ROLES

GREAT  BLUE  HERON  COUPLES,   CONTENTED  WITH  STEREOTYPICAL  DOMESTIC  ROLES Dr. James J. S. Johnson Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace  of  life,  that  your  prayers  be  not  hindered.  (1st Peter 3:7) GREAT BLUE HERONS, … Continue reading

Shoreline Action: Birds, Turtles, and a Gator

Shoreline Action: Birds, Turtles, and a Gator

Shoreline Action: Birds, Turtles, and a Gator Dr. James J. S. Johnson Again He turneth the wilderness into pools of water, and the dry land into water springs.   (Psalm 107:35, Geneva Bible) Water is a universal magnet for birds and other animals, so “pools” (or “ponds” or “lakes”) attract wildlife.  So having a pond (or … Continue reading