The Black-throated Sparrow – The Desert Dwellers

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata)by Daves BirdingPix

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata)by Daves BirdingPix

The Black-throated Sparrow – The Desert Dwellers ~ by a j mithra

The Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) is a very distinctive small, brown bird found in open areas with scattered shrubs and trees, including deserts and semi-desert grasslands in the intermountain region in the western United States, northern Mexico, and Baja California. It is sometimes referred to as the Desert Sparrow, due to its preferred habitat of arid desert hillsides and scrub. This name usually refers to the Desert Sparrow of Africa and Asia.

  • Though this little bird chooses to dwell among the desert, it never has stopped singing has it?

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did just that when they were thrown into the furnace which was seven times hotter.

  • That may be the reason why the Lord who is the pillar of cloud strolled with them in the furnace that day!
  • Probably they knew the secret that our God loves to dwell among our praises.

Peter and Silas did just that when they were beaten, bruised, chained and thrown into the jail. But, still they praised and you know what happened? Their praise released not only their bondages but also of those who were with them and it also shook the jail’s floor..

  • Have you ever tried praising God in your darkest hour?

Try worshipping like Peter and Silas and you will see the light shine not just at the end of the tunnel but all around you and also over every one who is the dark around you…

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1)

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) ©WikiC

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) ©WikiC

The Black-throated Sparrow is a small, gray sparrow that reaches a length of about 4.5-5.5 inches and has a distinctive black throat, with a bold white stripe above its eye and another down its cheek. The black tail is outlined in white except at the tips of the middle tail feathers. Juveniles, who retain this plumage into October, lack the black throat of adults and are lightly streaked.

Usually found in cactus and sagebrush deserts, especially on rocky slopes..

  • Sagebrush has bacteriostatic, astringent, and antioxidant properties.
  • Sagebrush kills bacteria, inhibits free radicals, and has anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic actions, and so is most useful as a cleansing first aid wash for disinfecting wounds and skin irritations.
  • The leaves can be very useful in the kitchen as a means of protecting stored dried food from insects and rodents.

This maybe the reason for these little birds to choose a desert like place to live, since these plants grow among the dry desert slopes.

  • Don’t ever think that God has placed you in a dry desert to punish you..
  • He separates you so that you will turn into a better vessel that would glorify His name..

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, Itis my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. (Zechariah 13:9)

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) ©WikiC

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) ©WikiC

The Black-throated Sparrow is considered to be better adapted to this type of ecosystem than any other seed-eating bird in North America. Adapted to dry habitats, Black-throated Sparrows can survive long periods of time without supplemental water, obtaining moisture from the seeds and insects that make up their diet. In the hottest part of the summer, however, supplemental water is necessary. In the winter, seeds make up the majority of their diet. During the breeding and nestling season, insects become more important. When available, berries and other fruits, as well as fresh green shoots, are also part of their diet.

  • Do you feel that God has put you in the wrong place?
  • Remember that God has created you to be unique to live where no one else can even dream of stepping in.
  • Have you forgotten that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you?

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (I Peter 5:6)

They travel in small groups, though larger groups may accumulate around sources of water in the desert.

  • Right now, you and your family may not see hope and may feel like as if you are wandering through the desert.

I just want to encourage you that God does not take us to the desert to kill us but to show us that He is still care for us.

  • If God can give water to these birds in the desert, will He not give us?
  • Well, He is still able to bring everything from nothing.
  • So, congregate as a family in the presence of the Living Water and look out for a miracle which is on its way..

He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. (Psalm 107:35)

Its call is high and bell-like, and its song is a fairly simple, mechanical tinkling.

  • You don’t have to be a great singer to bring God’s presence.
  • Our God is a simple God and He prefers our worship to be just simple.
  • Remember God doesn’t look for your voice; He just wants to hear your noise.
  • The wall of Jericho came down due to the noise and not the voice of Joshua and his people.

So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. (Joshua 6:20)

Yours in YESHUA,
a j mithra

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4 thoughts on “The Black-throated Sparrow – The Desert Dwellers

  1. Your post is very timely for me, thank you for the encouragement and blessing! I always enjoy visiting your blog, but I have not been here for awhile. I was directed here this time through a link left on my blog in a comment by hanginoutwithgod.

    The Lord truly does direct our paths, and whether it’s through a desert, valley, or on a mountain top, He is always worthy of our praise.


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