Woods, Water, and Winged Wonders
Dr. James J. S. Johnson
He sends the springs into the valleys;
They flow among the hills.
They give drink to every beast of the field;
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
By them the birds of the heavens have their home;
They sing among the branches. …
The trees of the Lord are full of sap,
The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
Where the birds make their nests;
The stork has her home in the fir trees.
(Psalm 104:10-12 & 104:16-17)
Springs and rain fall water the hills. Wooded hills provide myriads of branches useful for avian nests, providing a hospitable habitat for birds of many kinds. (Of course, the ecological fact that thriving trees facilitate homes for thriving birds is nothing new — see Daniel 4:11-12). So, if rainfall is adequate, trees thrive – and where you find trees you also find birds, many birds of many different kinds. Forests are homes for owls, corvids, cardinals, hawks, wood ducks, doves, storks, and miscellaneous passerines galore!
BIRDWATCHING IN FOREST HABITATS
Watch birds as they fly or they walk;
See their plumage and hear them talk!
Look for bird neighborhoods
In green, well-watered woods:
Homes for woodpecker, jay, owl and hawk!
So, take a trek through the woods – you should like the hike! Walk and gawk. (Is there a fowl on a bough? Do birds perch on a birch?) Wherever woods and water abound, look for winged wonders!