Thanksgivings From The Past

Tree Swallows Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge by jeremyjonkman on Flickr From Pinterest

Tree Swallows Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge by jeremyjonkman on Flickr From Pinterest

“Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:11 KJV)

While thinking about a post for this Thanksgiving, I looked back to see what had been written in the past. Wow! Had forgotten so many have been posted. From way back in 2008, the first year of the blog until last year when I got wound up and posted several. So, today, the day before Thanksgiving, it’s time to bring those back out to review. Part of Thanksgiving is remembering all our blessings from the past.

Happy Thanksgiving was written in 2008. (I actually still had some color in my hair.)  :))

Thanksgiving Turkey was in 2009. This is about turkeys.

Birds of the Bible – Thanksgiving written in 2010. It is about things I am thankful for.

Thankful For The Lord’s Birds  from an article on the Fountain in 2011.

Happy Thanksgiving Turkey was posted in 2012. It is actually a re-post of the 2009 article.

Black-throated Mango (Anthracothorax nigricollis) by Dario Sanches

Black-throated Mango (Anthracothorax nigricollis) by Dario Sanches

Then last year, I got carried away and produced one-a-day for six days.

Old Testament Thanksgiving – 2013  – Thanksgiving verses from the Old Testament with photos.

New Testament Thanksgiving – 2013 – Thanksgiving verses from the Old Testament with photos.

Birds in Hymns – Honor and Glory, Thanksgiving and Praise – A Thanksgiving Hymn

Thanksgiving For Young People – Thanksgiving from a younger person’s perspective.

Happy Thanksgiving Day – 2013 – Blessings from 2013.

Thankful For The Birds – Title says it all. With photos and a slideshow.

And now this year, so far we have:

Reginald, Turkey Commander by Emma Foster


I can see I am going to be challenged to come up with something for tomorrow. But the following verse assures me, there are still many blessings to recount. Your visits to the blog are a great blessings.

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV)

Until Thanksgiving Day tomorrow, Lord bless!


Who Paints The Leaves?


New Project – Our Birdwatching Photos

Wood Duck - Lake Morton by Lee

Wood Duck – Lake Morton by Lee

O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. (Psalms 104:24 KJV)

While working on Family pages, it dawned on me that very few of our photos have been used. We, Dan and I, do take quite a few photos while on our birdwatching adventures into the wild and at the zoos. Actually, I take about 4-5 more than he does on each adventure (more like 10-1). He spends his time trying to compose his shots and do all that sort of stuff. Me, I have a Program mode Panasonic Lumix that I shoot, shoot, shoot. Of course, his photos are always better and he knows how to prep them better, but I get more “action” photos. I have action of the bird moving (blurred), flying off (blurred), turning around (blurred), behind a fence (bird-blurred, fence-clear), in a tree (bird-blurred, branch with leaves-clear). Every once in a while I get a nice photo that isn’t too blurred that could be shared with you.

Another thing he has tried to teach me is the 1/3rd thing. Me, I want that bird right in the middle of my shot so that when I get home I can try to find it behind those clear fences and branches. To me, my photos are for “proof” that the bird was seen and also to try to figure out what it really was. You see, I am a “birdwatcher” and he is a “photographer.” There is a difference! You can blend the two, but there IS a different attitude at work here.

Yesterday the Our Birdwatching Photos page was created and a new tab was placed up at the top. Now, I am working on creating pages, by families, of our photos. Most will be mine, because I take more and he already has a website for his photos at Dan’s Pix. I will be copying some of his over here of course and maybe I can get some of his “unpublished” ones also.

Elegant Crested Tinamou (Eudromia elegans) Cloud Forest at Zoo Miami by Lee

Elegant Crested Tinamou (Eudromia elegans) at Zoo Miami by Lee

Don’t expect the greatest photos, because I am not a great photographer, but I enjoy “watching” the birds. The Lord has created so many birds that are just so beautiful and unique. The variety is amazing. The colors are  breathtaking at times. The birds are adorable, cute, ugly, big, little, tall, short, evasive, calm, fidgety, graceful, etc. They sing some of the most beautiful songs and some have terrible tunes, but don’t you just enjoy watching and listening to them?

O Lord, how many and varied are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all; the earth is full of Your riches and Your creatures. (Psalms 104:24 AMP)

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33 KJV)

Blurred, but isn't it cute?

Sandhill Crane Chick at Circle B by Lee – Blurred, but isn’t it cute?


Our Birdwatching Photos

Dan’s Pix


Margaret Sloan – New Photographer

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) by Margaret Sloan

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) by Margaret Sloan

I would like to introduce our newest photographer to permit permission to use her photos. While searching for the Morningbird, which Margaret had one of the very few photos of the bird, I discovered her website. She has graciously given permission to use her photos.

Margaret Sloan has her photos on PBase at

She is from Texas and has over 12,000 images online in over 1,100 galleries. Wow! It will take awhile to check it out, but what I have seen so far is very good. Please stop by her site and admire the photos of some amazing birds, plus places, spaces, and scenery. Lots to view and enjoy.

From her Birds of Costa Rica gallery:

Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) by Margaret Sloan

Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) by Margaret Sloan

From the Birds of Peru – Cotingas and Manakins gallery:

Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus) by Margaret Sloan

Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus) by Margaret Sloan

From the Birds of Southeast AsiaSunbirds, Flowerpeckers, Leafbirds:

Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) by Margaret Sloan

Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) by Margaret Sloan

Closer to home – Birds of North America:

Hummingbird with Pentas by Margaret Sloan

Hummingbird with Pentas by Margaret Sloan

From her Nature Butterflies:

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) by Margaret Sloan

Monarch Butterfly by Margaret Sloan

These are but a few of the numerous photos she has taken of the birds and beauty around her. Thank you, Margaret, for sharing with us what you have seen through your lens. May you find many more adventures that you can take photographs of and share with us.

Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11 AMP)

Many, O Lord my God, are the wonderful works which You have done, and Your thoughts toward us; no one can compare with You! If I should declare and speak of them, they are too many to be numbered. (Psalms 40:5 AMP)


Oops! Forgot a Few!

Rainbow Lorikeet at Lowry Pk Zoo by Dan

Rainbow Lorikeet at Lowry Pk Zoo by Dan

Oops! Forgot a Few! (follow-up to Updated Birds of the World to I.O.C. 3.1 – Subspecies Definitions)

Guess I was too big a hurry to say I was finished. Realized that I forgot all 40 Order pages and the main Introductory Index pages. After updating almost 50 more pages, “I think” I am finished with the I.O.C. 3.1 Version update.

There was more that needed to be said, so, will do that now.

Now that the names are up to date for now, I am going to go back through each Family page and try to work on them more slowly. Hope to find more photographs for the species that are missing. Now that the “subspecies” are listed, photos for those need to be found. If you are a photographer of birds or know of any that would be willing to let their photos be used here, please contact me at: A link will be provided to your photo site or theirs in the sidebar under Photography and at the bottom of each Family page that uses a photo of yours. Or other arrangements could be made. Photography sites that list the bird’s names are the most useful. (Otherwise I have no clue as to what the bird is, especially ones from around the world.)

Also, there will other items added to the Family pages. Some general facts about the overall family will be added. Our Life List of All Birds Seen (*LLABS*) will be indicated by individual birds that we have seen. Will try to find a photo we took, besides the good ones from photographers that we use (see above).

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands. (Psalms 143:5 NKJV)

Aren’t we thankful that when the LORD created the world and all that is in them, that he didn’t say, “Oops! I forgot…..?” We may make mistakes and miss a few items, but God is Perfect and nothing He does is ever a MISTAKE.


Pardon The Dust

King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) 6 by Ian

King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) 6 by Ian

Update 1/14/12 I am releasing the “sticky” part and letting this flow with the rest of the blog. Looks like they got most of it fixed and the great people at WordPress are working to keep their host up and running.

Update 1/13/12 WordPress just put a fix on the site tonight. I will leave this up until tomorrow to see if it stays fixed or I find any other problems.


Please forgive the posts at the present. I just became aware of a change they made at, which is where this site is hosted. They made a revision to their software and it has knocked many of the photos here out of whack!

I knew I was seeing something weird for the last week or so when I went back to view older posts. Some of my pictures are not centered but off to the right, have letters flowing through them, are hugh, etc. They have been notified, and I have been making changes as I discover them. I am having to change them manually. The problem is that there are over 1,000 pages and over 1,000 posts on this site. Most with more than one photo. Many, many posters on WordPress are being affected. Especially those of us using photos.

To make improvements, sometimes things happen that they didn’t plan on. Be patient, they and I am working on correcting this.

I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes.” (Job 3:26 NKJV)

“Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of trouble. (Job 14:1 NKJV)

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. (Psalms 9:9 NKJV)

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses. (Psalms 107:6 NKJV)

King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) 7 by Ian

King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) 7 by Ian

From – Ian’s Bird of the Week – King Penguin

PS If anyone finds a post with photo problems, please leave a comment on that post. It will help me get this problem fixed.


First Family Page Completed – Ardeidae

Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana) by Ian

Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana) by Ian

I just completed the first Birds of the World Family page. Well, at least as far as I can find photos for it. I now only have 223 more family pages to go.

Check it out at Family – Ardeidae It is part of the PELECANIFORMES Order. At least according to the latest IOC 2.1 version. I hope you enjoy the photos of the different Bitterns, Egrets and Herons.