Happy 49th Birthday!

Best Day of my LifeToday, March 20th, 2009, is my 49th Birthday! Not my original birth birthday, but my spiritual birthday. On March 20th of 1960, which was a Sunday, I attended Crossroads Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana at the invite of my sister and her husband. I decided to go that day, to break a record of attending church more than once a year, usually on Easter Sunday. That day became one that would totally change my life and its direction.

My sister, Sharry, and Joe, her husband, had recently received the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior and had been witnessing to me. We were not raised in a home that went to church regularly, but only taken occasionally. I really had no idea about being a sinner nor about John 3:16, “For  God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” I knew that at 16, I did things that were not right and that there was something lacking in my life.

So, there I was, listening to the sermon by Rev. Charlie Kittrell. As he gave his message I realized that I was a sinner, (“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” Romans 3:10), there was a penalty for sin and also a gift of salvation (For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23), and that I needed to ask forgiveness for my sins and accept the Lord as my Savior. (“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation,” Romans 10:9-10). When the invitation was given, I went forward and a lady showed me how to accept the Lord, and I did.

For the rest of this:   Happy 49th Birthday!

God’s Wonderous Creation by Carpentersdaughter

God’s Wonderous Creation by Carpentersdaughter is an invitation  to “take a few minutes to rest in Jesus with His wonderful creation. Then get back to work.” Just thought you might enjoy it.

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God’s Wonderous Creation from prophecyonthemove on GodTube.

Happy Valentine’s Day

We here at Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures would like to wish all of you a very happy and blessed “Valentine’s Day.”  We are thankful for your readership and want to let you know that we love you. We hope you enjoy the content of our articles and pages.

Valentines

One of my favorite blogs here is “Birds of the Bible – God’s Care for the Birds.” As we think about the loved ones in our lives, let’s remember the Great Love that is bestowed not only all of God’s Creation, but on us personally.

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.   (Joh 15:9-13 KJVR)

Image from Caleb’s Country Corner Graphics

It’s Snowing!

Cardinal by Aestheticphotos

Cardinal by Aestheticphotos

Change is coming to this blog. For one thing, it’s snowing! WordPress has given us some snow for a month or so. I turned it on. How else am I going to get snow down here in Florida?

I am also getting ready to start a new series about Birds in Hymns. It is amazing how many times they are referred to in the hymns we sing as we worship in song. My list of them is getting quite long. The music for them is available and now they can be attached. That “learning curve” has also helped me figure out how to attach the sounds of birds in my blogs.

I hope you will enjoy the new series. As things are figured out, it’s hoped that Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures Plus will only improve and glorify the Lord better.

Yours in Him,

Lee

P.S. Below is the first of the new series. Hope you enjoy it. Support pages are coming.

See ~ Wordless Birds

More ~ Birds in Hymns

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Happy Thanksgiving

Tri-colored Heron by Dan

Tri-colored Heron by Dan

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our blog viewers. Today, here in the United States, we celebrate a tradition that has long been established (See below). We are thankful for each of you who stop by for a visit to Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures. So, from me (Lee) and Dan (My husband and photographer), we hope you have a blessed day and remember to thank God for all His bountiful blessings.

That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works. (Psa 26:7 NKJV)

Out and about - Lake Hollingsworth

Out and about – Lake Hollingsworth

We trust as you see all about you, you will see the wondrous works of God and give thanksgiving. Also, for the many blessings that we have every day. As for me, I am thankful for every day that I can be out birding. Many know that I have a slight problem with my legs as a result of back surgery and can’t always go as far or as long as other birdwatchers. My lists may not be as long, but I still enjoy seeing and hearing the birds that are there. I am still amazed seeing the mighty hand of God in the design and creation of each one. I am also thankful for my husband and the support and love he gives me. I am also very thankful for all the photographers who have given me permission to use their photos (See sidebar-Photographers). But, most of all, I am thankful for all the the Lord has done for me. He has saved my soul, loved me, kept me, supplied all my needs (and a lot of my wants), has reserved a mansion for me in Glory, and given me a great family, church family and friends.


From the History.com

Thanksgiving Proclamation

State of New-Hampshire. In Committee of Safety, Exeter, November 1, 1782 : Ordered, that the following proclamation for a general thanksgiving on the twenty-eighth day of November instant, received from the honorable Continental Congress, be forthwith printed …

STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE.
IN COMMITTEE of SAFETY,
EXETER, November 1, 1782.

ORDERED,
THAT
the following Proclamation for a general THANKSGIVING on the twenty-eighth day of November [instant?], received from the honorable Continental Congress, be forthwith printed, and sent to the several worshipping Assemblies in this State, to whom it is recommended religiously to observe said day, and to abstain from all servile labour thereon.
M. WEARE, President.

By the United States in Congress assembled.

Another excerpt says:

Do hereby recommend to the inhabitants of these States in general, to observe, and request the several States to interpose their authority in appointing and commanding the observation of THURSDAY the twenty-eight day of NOVEMBER next, as a day of solemn THANKSGIVING to GOD for all his mercies: and they do further recommend to all ranks, to testify to their gratitude to GOD for his goodness, by a cheerful obedience of his laws, and by promoting, each in his station, and by his influence, the practice of true and undefiled religion, which is the great foundation of public prosperity and national happiness.

 

Unknown Bird – Halloween Bird?

Gary Bird?

Gary Bird?

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. (Col 3:17)

Last Friday evening (Halloween) our church, Faith Baptist Church, had a Fall Festival. They had “Trunk or Treat” for the kids to get goodies from. We went to see the activities and being a true birdwatcher, always on the lookout for birds, I came across an unknown bird. So, we got its picture. Now it could be a Gary Bird or a Halloween Bird, I am not sure. After looking through my many bird books at home, I could not find one like it. If anyone knows, please leave a comment.
It really was a great evening. We had other activities besides the trunks. One of our pastors, Pastor Pete, managed to get himself dunked many times.

Halloween Bird?

Halloween Bird?

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1Co 10:31)
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; (Col 3:23)


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Birds of the Bible – The Bird Feeder I

While thinking about bird feeders and how birds approach them to eat, I started comparing that to how we approach the Word of God.

Goldfinch on Feeder

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (1Pe 2:2)
Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. (Psa 119:140)
I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. (Psa 119:162)
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psa 119:105)
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psa 119:103)

Here are some of my thought about birds at my feeders:
Hummingbird Feeders (Hummingbirds and Orioles)

Hummer at Feeder, Camp Carlson, KY

Hummer at Feeder, Camp Carlson, KY

  • Defend It – could be protictive of the Word or keep chasing off others and become distracted.
  • Share It (sometimes) – Found nutrition and wants to share it
  • Drink on the Wing – In a hurry, made that way
  • Sit Sometimes – Enjoy it and reflect
  • Keep Returning Often – Can’t get enough, or realzes that it’s worth returning to often, needs it to live.
  • Deep Drink or Sip In-and-out – Long reading or get ‘N’ go)

Suet Feeders (Woodpeckers, Titmice, Nuthatches, etc

Red-bellied Woodpecker on Suet Feeder 

Red-bellied Woodpecker on Suet Feeder

  • Cling to it – (no landing perch) Hangs on to it
  • Hang On It – even upside down – From different angles, study word, checking all verses

Regular Feeders (Most birds)

  • Some eat until stuffed (Doves)
  • Some take one piece and fly off
  • Some stuff seed in crop and go feed others
  • Some chase others away – even if not eating themselves
  • Some crowd in and push others away
  • Some pick and choose – just want part of Word or sermons
  • Some throw seed to the ground in their search
  • Some wait underneath to get scraps (ground feeders) – Consider it “food from Above”

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. (Psa 19:7-11 KJV)

All pictures taken by Dan.


Birdwatching Trip to Bok Sanctuary

On Good Friday we were at Bok Sanctuary in Lake Wales, FL enjoying a beautiful cloudless day. The orange grove there was in full bloom and the aroma drifted over the whole place. We were birding, taking pictures, and appreciating God’s goodness. The birds were full of songs and they came out for us to see them. Could that have been because I asked the Lord to do just that? If He can make a donkey talk and and cause it to stop before an angel, and bring ravens to feed a prophet, surely He could answer my prayer. He did!

Here is a list of what we saw and heard: Cardinals, Blue Jays, Mourning Doves, Mockingbirds, Brown Trashers, Red-bellied Woodpecker, a pair of American Kestrels sitting close, Fish Crows, Gray Catbird, Great Blue Heron, Black and Turkey Vultures, Osprey, and my two prize catches – a Black and White Warbler and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

We also saw a cactus in bloom.

Of course there were plenty of squirrels to put up with.

Birdwatching Trip – Santa Ana NWR

Last week was not conducive for birdwatching trips. Between windy overcast days, stormy rainy evenings, and doctor visits we didn’t get out and about, nor was I on the computer much. So, I have decided to share our visits to Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Alamo, Texas. That is way “down in the valley” and sits on the Rio Grande River. We spent two winters in our RV in that area and were able to visit the refuge.

The first time we visited (Nov 01’) with our friend Betty, who is an experienced birder. It is nice to have someone along who can help ID the birds. They have a welcome center that has some feeders right by the entry way. Within about 5-10 minutes, I was able to see my first Green Jay, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Inca Dove, Red-billed Pigeon and the Plain Chachalaca,. Some of the birds only come over the Rio Grande a few miles, so I was thrilled to see them. I am including pictures of them. These were taken with an older digital camera, so they are so so.

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Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder

The Eye of the Beholder series will be about how a bird’s habits or mannerisms are viewed. That in turn brings to mind an application and scripture that can be a lesson or encouragement for others. If you have an idea for an article, of that theme, then send me the article and you can be one of my guest authors.
My Birdwatching Adventures is a “work in progress” and I am still developing ideas and am willing to have others involved with me. I already have my husband helping me by providing some editing, photos, and moral support.
If you would like to author some blog articles, please leave a comment with an email address or send an email to: lee@leesbird.com.
Thank you for visiting and hopefully enjoying Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures Plus.
Lee

Bird Intelligence

SmileyCentral.comInteresting Things from Smiley Central

Speaking of the intelligence of the Ravens (Next Bird of the Bible blog), check out these articles from Creation Moments.

Australian Raven by Les Thurbon

Australian Raven by Les Thurbon

Birds With a Memory to Envy

Bird Brain

Bird School 

Wood Duck Pair by Mike Bader

Wood Duck Pair by Mike Bader

The Tool-Using Bird

Some Birds Do Mental Time Travel 

Sometimes Brain Size Doesn’t Count

Bleeding-Heart Pigeon

Bleeding-Heart Pigeon

Intelligent Animal Antics 

This is one of my favorites. I just wish I had that capability so I could keep going longer.

Not So Bird-Brained

It has been a delight for me over the years to read articles from Creation Moments.


Update 8/5/08: Check out Intelligence of Birds


Updated 2/24/09:
I have just received permission to use the audios here from Creation Moments. I am very thankful and greatly appreciate them giving the permission. They are greatly used of the Lord in their ministry. Over the next few days, I will be updated some of the older posts.
All the articles are Copyright © by Creation Moments, Inc. PO Box 839, Foley, MN 56329
www.creationmoments.net

Thoughts on the Birds of the Bible Series

I have been thinking about the Birds of the Bible Series I am working on. Yesterday, we finished our Missions Conference at Faith and was motivated even more to do this blog. Today, while searching the internet for information for my next article, I realized again how many others have done similar blogs. Shades of doubt began to form. So, why am I doing this?
The Lord has helped me to REMEMBER why.
1. The Lord wants us to praise Him and declare His mighty and wondrous works.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works. (Psa 145:3-5)
2. I love bird watching and am amazed and awed at the how God created the birds. Their beauty, structure, song and habits are amazing. To know that they are under the “curse” along with us, and still they are inspiring.
3. As we sang yesterday, “Little Is Much When God Is In It”. My efforts may be small, and this won’t be a famous blog, but to share with others my love for birds and the Lord is strong.
4. My husband also greatly reassured me.
There are a lot of great websites that teach about the Birds of the Bible and others that are all about birds. I will try to share those sites for your information and try not to “re-invent the wheel.”