Start Birdwatching Today: Some Background Information

Silver-breasted Broadbill (Serilophus lunatus) by Peter Ericsson

Silver-breasted Broadbill (Serilophus lunatus) by Peter Ericsson

We know from Genesis 1 that the God created the birds, along with everything else. They were created on the fifth day. When Adam became conscience, the birds and critters were already present for him to discover and enjoy.

Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” So the evening and the morning were the fifth day. (Genesis 1:20-23 NKJV)

Then the LORD God brought the birds to Adam to let him give them a name.

Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. (Genesis 2:19 NKJV)

Psalm 111 reminds us that the things that were created are great and are to be “sought out” and enjoyed.

The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever. He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. (Psalms 111:2-4 KJV)

Fast forward to today. If Adam was to enjoy the birds and put names on them, should we not try to discover them, enjoy them, and try to figure out what their names are?

Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) and Dan

Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) and Dan at Brevard Zoo

The birds are all around us, in the sky flying or gliding on the wind (currents), on the power lines, on feeders, on bushes, in trees, or singing or calling in the distant. (Sometimes they are even on cameras.)

Start birdwatching today for pleasure and realize the goodness of the Lord to us.

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3 thoughts on “Start Birdwatching Today: Some Background Information

  1. I enjoyed this article so much. The scripture from Psalm 111 seemed to touch my heart especially. And I do take great pleasure in just spending time looking at and “experiencing” the beautiful things God has created. But people need to be reminded that all those lovely things were created with us in mind so that we could enjoy them and participate with them in enjoying our Creator. Thank you for the reminder.

    And … of all the pictures you have here, my very favorites are the ones of the pink-breasted Galah — especially the one so bravely investigating Dan’s camera. I do think that’s the most beautiful bird I’ve ever seen, and I never knew they existed until I discovered your site. Thanks.


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