Avian And Attributes – Night

Night Parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis) ©WikiC by ornithologist Steve Murphy

“Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.” (Matthew 26:31-34 KJV)

Avian and Attributes – Night

NIGHT, n. [The sense may be dark, black, or it may be the decline of the day, from declining, departing.]
1. That part of the natural day when the sun is beneath the horizon, or the time from sunset to sunrise.
2. The time after the close of life; death. John 9.
She closed her eyes in everlasting night.
3. A state of ignorance; intellectual and moral darkness; heathenish ignorance. Rom 13.
4. Adversity; a state of affliction and distress. Isa 21.
5. Obscurity; a state of concealment from the eye or the mind; unintelligibleness.
Nature and natures works lay hid in night.
In the night, suddenly; unexpectedly. Luke 12.
To-night, in this night. To-night the moon will be eclipsed.

Night Parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis) Drawing WikiC

Night Parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis) Drawing WikiC

Night Parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis) is a small parrot endemic to the continent of Australia. It is well known as being one of the most elusive and mysterious birds in the world, with no confirmed sightings of the bird between 1912 and 1979, leading to speculation that it was extinct. Sightings since 1979 have been extremely rare and the bird’s population size is unknown, though based on the paucity of records it is thought to number between 50 and 249 mature individuals. The first photographic and video evidence of a live individual was publicly confirmed in July 2013.

A relatively small and short-tailed parrot, the species’ colour is predominantly a yellowish green, mottled with dark brown, blacks and yellows. Both sexes have this coloration. It is distinguished from the two superficially similar ground parrot species by its shorter tail and different range and habitat. Predominantly terrestrial, taking to the air only when panicked or in search of water, the night parrot has furtive, nocturnal habits and—even when it was abundant—was apparently a highly secretive species. Its natural habitat appears to be the spinifex grass which still dominates much of the dry, dusty Australian interior; other early reports also indicate that it never strayed far from water. It may also inhabit chenopod shrublands, eucalyptus woodlands, and mallee shrublands. One of the vocalisations of the night parrot has been described as a croak and identified as a contact call. Other calls, mostly short ‘ding-ding’ whistles, and a more drawn out whistle, have been recorded from Queensland and Western Australia.

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[Definitions from Webster’s Dictionary of American English (1828), unless noted. Bird info from Wikipedia plus.]

Cedar Waxwing – Fruit Passer…

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) by J Fenton

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) by J Fenton

Cedar Waxwing – Fruit passer… ~ by a j mithra

As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water: (Leviticus 14:6)

Historians say that the cross that Jesus carried was made from Cedar wood. Of all the trees why did Jesus choose the cedar? The verse above which says about two birds, the cedar wood, the scarlet and the Hyssop does clearly reflects the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross. The two birds reflect Jesus and Barabas. One bird was sacrificed and the other was let free. Jesus was crucified and Barabas freed. The Cedar wood reflects the cross which Jesus carried. The scarlet reflects our sins. The hyssop reflects of how vinegar was soaked in a sponge and stuck in hyssop’s branch and offered to Jesus, when He said that He was thirsty.

Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. (John 19:29)

And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. (Mathew 27:28)

Twigs of Cedar placed with lingerie and kept in cupboards containing fur can keep away moth. The cross has the power to keep away all evil from our lives.

The Cedar is used to build the skeleton of the canoe. The cross has the power to take us through flood, fire and wilderness.

The most valuable constituent of Cedar oil is thujone. Native Americans of the eastern United States and Canada used thujone for generations to treat menstrual problems, headaches, and heart ailments. Loggers drank tea made from white cedar twigs to relieve rheumatism. During the seventeenth century, some people called the eastern white cedar the “tree of life,” because they believed that its sap had healing powers. In the late 1800s, the US Pharmacopoeia (the US compendium of quality control test and information on drugs) listed thujone as a treatment to stimulate the uterus and as a diuretic to increase urine flow. The leaves have the power to heal rheumatic, pulmonary, burns and prevent paralytic movement. It is also used as dye.

This tree is called the “Tree of Life”. Is that the reason Jesus, the life chose to carry a Cedar cross.. It was on the Cedar cross that Jesus, took the stripes to heal us from all disease.

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:2-5)

Cedar Waxwing Eating by Steve Slayton

Cedar Waxwing Eating by Steve Slayton

The Cedar waxwing may have been inspired by the qualities of Cedar from where it has borrowed its name. There is so much to read about this bird in this interesting website. But, one interesting quality of this bird stands apart. These birds are communal feeders. As we all know, the Cedar Waxwing eats berries and sugary fruit year-round, with insects becoming an important part of the diet in the breeding season. Its fondness for the small cones of the Eastern Redcedar (a kind of juniper) gave this bird its common name.

When the end of a twig holds a supply of berries that only one bird at a time can reach, members of a flock may line up along the twig and pass berries beak to beak down the line so that each bird gets a chance to eat. This reminds us of how we need pronounce the love of Jesus to the others so that they too may taste and see that the Lord is good..

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) by Daves BirdingPix

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) by Daves BirdingPix

But, the sad part is we have never thought of doing this, spreading the gospel to the unreached. If only we all had done this, by this time our churches would be overflowing. If only we carry the cross…..?

At least on this Good Friday, the day which denotes the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for you and me, shall we make up our mind to do what we haven’t done for the Lord all these years? Shall we pass the fruit of the Holy spirit, so that those who haven’t tasted the Lord yet, may taste the goodness and mercy of our Lord?

These birds share the fruits, but, we call ourselves as Christians, borrowing the name from Christ, but when are we going to share the fruit of the Holy Spirit?

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. (Psalm 34:8)

Have an awesome day at the feet of Jesus on the cross…

Your’s in YESHUA,
a j mithra

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White-fronted Bee-eater – The Life Guards

White-fronted Bee-eater – The Life Guards – by A. J. Mithra

White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides) by Bob-Nan

White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides) by Bob-Nan

The White-fronted Bee-eater, Merops bullockoides, is a species of Bee-eater
widely distributed in sub-equatorial Africa.
This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly colored, slender bird,
with a distinctive black mask, white forehead, square tail and a bright red throat.
The upperparts are green, with cinnamon under parts and their call is a deep squeak…
They nest in small colonies, digging holes in cliffs or earthen banks
but can usually be seen in low trees waiting for passing insects..
They hunt either by making quick hawking flights or gliding down
before hovering briefly to catch insects….

Our LORD, the provider and protector of the Universe, can still be seen
hanging on the Cross waiting for those passing souls to accept HIM as their savior…
Remember that HE had taken our place on the cross..
HE became a curse, so that we may be blessed…
What are you waiting for, invite JESUS into your life now, for, this is the day
that the LORD has made for you to invite HIM and rejoice forever and ever…

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:25)
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: (Galatians 3:13)

Until the 1960s, scientists held that natural selection favors only those behaviors
that boost the survival chance of the individual and its offspring.
A bird that postpones its own reproductive potential to help another would seen doomed
from that evolutionary standpoint, but, many white-fronted bee-eaters
willingly place their relatives’ needs before their own to help close kin survival..

White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides) by Africaddict

White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides) by Africaddict

Family ties made the difference in nearly every case, with helpers foraging
for the most closely related nestlings 94 percent of the time.
Most in-law bee-eaters are females that have left their natal clan to join
the extended family of a mate and are socially integrated in the mate’s clan
but are genetically unrelated to members other than their own offspring.
These in-laws rarely “lift a feather,” even though their mates may be working hard
to bring in enough bees and other delectables for a related couple’s hungry brood…

In-laws may fly back to their natal clan during times when
the colony experiences a food shortage, and birds temporarily left their partners’ clans
to help their parents, or a parent and a stepparent, raise a family.
All of these helpers returned to their mates after the breeding season.

Though GOD loves the Jews- His chosen people, HE willingly places the needs of us,
the Gentiles, before the needs of HIS own people…
And HE seems to be postponing HIS marriage, so that no one is left out…
Nature is giving out signs to show that these are the last day…
Are we ready to meet THE KING?

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. (1 John 2: 18)

White-fronted African bee-eaters will face even spitting cobras when it comes to
defending its kin, and forage tirelessly for bees and delay having their own young—
all to help close relatives raise a clutch of baby birds.
Years of direct observation have led researchers to suggest this altruism is an inherited
trait that gives the “helper” bird’s family a survival edge in the harsh African Savannah….

Why would any bird engage in such magnanimous behavior?
Is it courageously noble in mind and heart?
Or is it generous in forgiving; eschewing resentment or revenge; unselfish behavior?

These birds are ready to face poisonous cobras to save the lives of its kin..
Did not our Savior JESUS give HIS life on the Cross to defend us
from the venomous serpent?

Did HE not generously give HIMSELF on the Cross to forgive our sin?
Did HE not show HIS unselfishness to take our place on the Cross?
Shall we all, once again rededicate our lives and run into the
nail-pierced, outstretched hands of our Savior?

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5: 17)

Have a Holy Friday..

Your’s in YESHUA,
A J Mithra

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Inspired by this Bird through an article on Science News by Kathy A Fackelmann http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1200/is_n23_v135/ai_7680117/ dated June 10th 1989…