Lee’s Seven Word Sunday – 5/28/17

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Pied Cormorant leading singing by Aussiebirder at https://aussiebirder.com/

THE TIME OF THE SINGING OF BIRDS

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“The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;” (Song of Solomon 2:12 KJV)

Pied Cormorant leading the singing, by Aussiebirder (Used with permission)

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[The bird is actually flying, Aussiebirder and I agree he looks like a choir director.]

Sunday Inspiration – Flamingos and Tropicbirds

American Flamingo Beak at Gatorland by Lee

American Flamingo Beak at Gatorland by Lee

“But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:” (Romans 16:26 KJV)

As we continue through the taxonomic order of birds, we have come to two Orders that are small. The Phoenicopteriformes Order is made up of one family, the Flamingos. Our other Order is the Phaethontiformes, which has the Tropicbird family. There are only six birds in the first family and three in the other.

White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) by Ian

White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) by Ian

So, let’s go find out what the Lord Created these birds to appear like, and find out a little about them.

Flamingos are a type of wading bird in the genus Phoenicopterus (from Greek φοινικόπτερος meaning “purple wing”), the only genus in the family Phoenicopteridae. There are four flamingo species in the Americas and two species in the Old World.

Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) ©Wiki

Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other tucked beneath the body. The reason for this behavior is not fully understood. Recent research indicates that standing on one leg may allow the birds to conserve more body heat, given that they spend a significant amount of time wading in cold water. However, the behaviour also takes place in warm water. As well as standing in the water, flamingos may stamp their webbed feet in the mud to stir up food from the bottom. (Wikipedia with editing)

Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) by Ian

Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) by Ian

Tropicbirds are a family, Phaethontidae, of tropical pelagic seabirds now classified in their own order Phaethontiformes. Their relationship to other living birds is unclear, and they appear to have no close relatives. There are three species in one genus, Phaethon. They have predominantly white plumage with elongated tail feathers and small feeble legs and feet.

Tropicbirds plumage is predominantly white, with elongated central tail feathers. The three species have different combinations of black markings on the face, back, and wings. Their bills are large, powerful and slightly decurved. Their heads are large and their necks are short and thick. They have totipalmate feet (that is, all four toes are connected by a web). The legs of a tropicbird are located far back on their body, making walking impossible so that they can only move on land by pushing themselves forward with their feet. (Wikipedia with editing)

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“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.” (Isaiah 40:28 KJV)

“You Are the Everlasting God” ~ 3 Plus 1 Quartet – Faith Baptist

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PHOENICOPTERIFORMES – Flamingos

Phoenicopteridae – Flamingos

PHAETHONTIFORMES – Tropicbirds

Phaethontidae – Tropicbirds

 

Tiny Birdwatching and Back Doctor Visit

Young Northern Mockingbird at Click Ponds

“Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.” (Psalms 103:22 KJV)

On Thursday, we were in Melbourne, Florida to see a back Doctor to see if he could do my very much needed surgery. After driving over on Wednesday, we went to Vierra Wetlands in the morning, to do a little birdwatching while waiting for the appointment. When we arrived, they had a rope across the gate for cars, so I stayed by the car while Dan walked up to see what birds he could find. [It was open to walkers and joggers]

Immature Little Blue Heron

With camera in hand, I just had to catch what flew by, but the Lord always sends some of His avian wonders near for me to see. Three prize photos were this bird that gave me a fit trying to figure out what it is. After scanning my Birding Guides and then Google photos for about 20 minutes, I found out that it is a juvenile Little Blue Heron. Yes!

Another prize was a Loggerhead Shrike who decided to sit on a palm tree nearby. My 600 mm zoom sure comes in handy when you can hardly stand, let alone walk closer.

Loggerhead Shrike

After our sort of disappointing birdwatching, we drove to the Click Ponds, across the street, and it was totally dry. Nothing found other than this young Northern Mockingbird. My third prize. They are as dry in Melbourne, as we are in the central Florida. We are in severe drought conditions throughout most of the state.

Young Northern Mockingbird at Click Ponds

Well, after lunch with friends, we went to the Doctor. PRAISE THE LORD! SURGERY IS GOING TO BE SCHEDULED A.S.A.P. THANK YOU FOR ALL WHO HAVE BEEN PRAYING WITH ME ABOUT THIS!

When the Doctor saw my MRI, he said, “WOW!” It is the worst slipped disc he has seen in a long time. Said it hurt to even look at it. Wondered how I lasted this long. [My local doctor no longer does this kind of surgery that I need, so, I have been searching for a doctor to do the surgery. One could see me, but not until July 17th. This doctor was scheduled for June 9th, but, Praise the Lord, they had a cancellation while I was chatting with them, and I saw him Thursday. He was very positive about fixing it. I had soft bones when I had the last surgery and they only put in one rod. Technology has changed in the last few years and if they are too soft, they insert something like concrete to strengthen the pedicles.

Slipped L4 Disc Image cropped

I’ve said all this for several reasons. One is to ask for prayer for the upcoming surgery and that it is set up SOON! Also, that all goes well and the recovery goes well. Also, if the blog gets a little off, not to be concerned. I plan on scheduling the devotions ahead of time but will try to keep you informed.

I am so thankful for all the Lord has been doing in this situation. He is so Faithful! Also, the new medicine I was given is easing my nerve pains. YES! I was getting to where I could hardly walk. That is why there have not been many birding adventures to write about. There hasn’t been any. :(

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Colossians 3:15-17 KJV)

Most of these photos are cropped obviously.

Lee’s Six Word Saturday – 5/27/17

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Wood Storks in the Rookery at Gatorland by Lee

BIRDS OF THE AIR HAVE NESTS

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“And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20 KJV)

Wood Storks in the Rookery at Gatorland by Lee

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Lee’s Five Word Friday – 5/26/17

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Fan-tailed Raven (Corvus rhipidurus) ©WikiC

THE RAVENS BROUGHT HIM BREAD

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“And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.” [Elijah] (1 Kings 17:6 KJV)

Fan-tailed Raven (Corvus rhipidurus) ©WikiC

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Lee’s Four Word Thursday – 5/25/17

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Barbary Partridge (Alectoris barbara koenigi) Pixdaus

THEY SHALL TELL THEE

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“But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:” (Job 12:7 KJV)

Barbary Partridge (Alectoris barbara koenigi) Pixdaus

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Lee’s Three Word Wednesday – 5/24/17

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Geese Flying Early in the Morning ©©

NEW EVERY MORNING

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“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23 KJV)

Geese Flying Early in the Morning ©©

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Lee’s Two Word Tuesday – 5/23/17

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Dove Returned to Adam with Olive Leaf - by Lee at the Ark Encounter

DOVE CAME

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“And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.” (Genesis 8:11 KJV)

Dove Returned to Adam with Olive Leaf – by Lee at the Ark Encounter

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Lee’s Seven Word Sunday – 5/21/17

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Tufted Duck Zoo Miami by Lee

REST IN THE LORD,

AND WAIT PATIENTLY

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Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” (Psalms 37:7 KJV)

Tufted Duck Zoo Miami by Lee

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Sunday Inspiration – A New Day

Trust you will enjoy a different Sunday Inspiration. A friend sent this and I wanted to share it, plus, I have been dealing with my back problem and am awaiting surgery. Thanks for understanding not using birds for a change.

“This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalms 118:23-24 KJV)

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” (Isaiah 40:8 KJV)

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The Amazing Butterfly

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Great Spotted Woodpecker – Buntspecht

A blog I enjoy following by Alois Absenger from Germany, had a gorgeous Woodpecker photo a few day ago. It is titled, Buntspecht. When I asked Alois what was the name of the woodpecker, he answered that it was a “Buntspecht”. With a chuckle, I decided to find out the English name of this beautiful avian wonder.

Here is a link to Alois’ blog: CLICK HERE

Searching the internet, this video was discovered and needs to be shared.

What is so amazing, is the way the Great Spotted Woodpecker [Buntspecht] supports himself with his tail. Our Creator never ceases to provide beneficial support for us and His Creation.

“The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.” (Psalms 111:2 KJV)

Woodpecker Family

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Wikipedia