Update and Release of Rockefeller

In Rockefeller the Saw-Whet Owl in Christmas Tree, you were introduced to Rockefeller, the little Saw-Whet Owl that was found in the Christmas Tree.

They promised they would release him last week-end, but released the owl last Tuesday, November the 24th. Here is a video of that release.

As this little owl was given compassion, and they helped him renew his strength, so we need “renewal” from time to time.

“Restore us to You, O LORD, that we may be restored; Renew our days as of old,” (Lamentations 5:21 NASB)

“and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:23-24 NKJV)

The Wise Owl

Birds of the Bible – Birds of the Air Updated

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) by Lee

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) by Lee

The original Birds of the Air post in 2010 needed to be re-posted with some updating. The actual “birds of the air” phrase shows up four times in the King James Version and below you can see that the phrase shows up 21 times in the ESV [English Standard Version]. I use the E-Sword.net on the Computer which lets you load many different versions. It helps when searching, yet I know that not all are true to the original text. The Amplified has 24, BBE [Bible in Basic English] has 17, CJB [Complete Jewish Bible] has 2, DRB [Douay-Reimes] has 22, EMTV [English Majority Text] has 6, HCSB [Holman Christian Study Bible] has 3 all in Daniel, etc. I also now have access to more versions through the Bible Gateway which has some more versions. I am working on a search of the Birds of the ???. Stay tuned.

Looking into that phrase in e-Sword, the English Standard Version (ESV) shows 21 occurrences of “birds of the air.” Surprisingly most of them have to do with the “birds of the air” showing up to eat the carnage of men as a result of judgment or disease. See Deuteronomy 28:26; I Samuel 17:44, 17:46; Jeremiah 7:33, 15:3, 16:4, 19:7, 34:20. 4:25 and 9:10 speak of the birds of the air fleeing away.

White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) by Africaddict

White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) by Africaddict

Rizpah spread sackcloth over the bodies of Saul and Jonathan and “And she did not allow the birds of the air to come upon them by day, or the beasts of the field by night” in 2 Samuel 21:10.

Job 28:20,21 says, “From where, then, does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding? It is hidden from the eyes of all living and concealed from the birds of the air.”

Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) on nest by Ian

Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) on nest by Ian

In the New Testament the “birds of the air” is used in different ways. Matthew 6:25 lets us know that the birds of the air “neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? “ Matthew 8:20 and Luke 9:58 reminds of that the birds have nest, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. The parable of the mustard seed in Matthew 13:32, Mark 4:32 and Luke 13:19 tell of the plant growing up and the birds making nests in it and enjoying its shade.

The last references to birds of the air appear in Acts 10:12 and 11:6. Peter had a sheet descend with all kinds of animals, reptiles, and birds in it. This was to teach Peter and others that Jew and Gentile believers alike are equal in God’s sight.

Mr and Mrs Wood Duck by Lee

Mr and Mrs Wood Duck by Lee

What I like about the “birds of the air” is that none of the birds are mentioned by name. That gives lots of future articles for “Bird of the Bible” that can include any of the birds that our Lord has created.

So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:21 ESV)

The Gospel Message

Placing your mouse over the Green verses will pop them out.

Really Kicking Up a Dust Storm!!

Dust Storm in Texas in 1935 ©WikiC

Well, I really have a dust storm brewing behind the scenes of this blog. So, if things don’t exactly work right for a few days, BEWARE!

Tomorrow is the 10th Anniversary of Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures. On February 16th of 2008, the first post came out. At that time I was using Blogspot. Then in July of that year, I switched to WordPress, and have enjoyed having the blog here. The name was changed to Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures Plus. That is when other topics besides birds began appearing. Later, I started Birds of the Bible for Kids blog to house many of the Birds of the Bible articles but written for the younger readers. [Kids] It grew from there.

Then about four years ago, I closed down that site for several reasons, like “old age” and needing more “naps.” The blog has continued to exist by having links over to Leesbird.com. The yearly fee has also been continually paid.

Now, I have a desire to re-open that blog and make it active again. As my regular readers are aware, there were missing photos and broken links discovered throughout the blog. I have spent many days and weeks, with the Lord’s help, tracing down and fixing many of them. At one time there were over 4,000 broken links. As of yesterday, there were 610 left to fix. [One reason blogs haven’t been as often as previously.]

While the links have been fixed, those older original posts were revisited. They were good and need to be reproduced again. It was actually fun finding those older blogs. Then the wheels started turning. Maybe the Kids blog needs to be brought back to life.

There are 144 verses in the KJV that tell us to “remember.” So, maybe we should remember and remind the newer generation of God’s truths. Guess that would apply to truthful posts.

“Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.” (Deuteronomy 32:7 KJV)

“Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.” (Job 36:24 KJV)

“I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.” (Psalms 77:11 KJV)

“Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;” (Psalms 105:5 KJV)

Should we not share the Wonders of God’s Creation of birds and critters to our younger generation?

“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.” (Psalms 143:5 KJV)

Dust storm over I-10 in Arizona ©AZGeology

Oh, yes. The Dust storm! My plan is to move the Bible Birds and the Kid’s Section (with all it’s sections) to the Birds of the Bible for Kids blog. In the transition, there will some broken links caused by all of that. They will be mended as quickly as possible. In time, when all is finished, hopefully without too much time, all will be well again. The post being moved are going to be given current dates by being refreshed and posted anew.


Visit Birds of the Bible for Kids

New Kingfisher Species – I.O.C. Version 5.4

White-collared Kingfisher by Dan - Dan's Pix

White-collared Kingfisher by Dan – (Dan’s Pix)

Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. (John 21:3 KJV)

Hang on to your fish, here comes a whole new bunch of Kingfishers. With the I.O.C. Version 5.4 that came out a week or so ago, 21 new Kingfishers were added to the Alcedinidae – Kingfishers Family. Plus they renamed a few. No, they didn’t appear out of thin air, they split and raised some of the subspecies up into their own species. Kingfishers have been one of my favorite birds from our Creator.

These are from the Collard Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris):

  • Torresian Kingfisher (Todiramphus sordidus)
  • Islet Kingfisher (Todiramphus colonus)
  • Mariana Kingfisher (Todiramphus albicilla)
  • Melanesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus tristrami)
  • Pacific Kingfisher (Todiramphus sacer)
Micronesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus) Houston Zoo 5-6-15 by Lee

Micronesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus) Houston Zoo 5-6-15 by Lee

The Micronesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus) is now the Guam Kingfisher

Pohnpei Kingfisher (Todiramphus reichenbachii) ©WikiC

Pohnpei Kingfisher (Todiramphus reichenbachii) ©WikiC

The Tuamotu Kingfisher (Todiramphus gambieri) is now named the Niau Kingfisher and the split off the:

  • Niau Kingfisher (Todiramphus gertrudae)
Buru Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus) ©Drawing WikiC

Buru Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus) ©Drawing WikiC

The Variable Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus) was renamed the Moluccan Dwarf Kingfisher and these were split off:

  • Dimorphic Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx margarethae)
  • Sula Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx wallacii)
  • Buru Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx cajeli)
  • Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx solitarius)
  • Manus Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx dispar)
  • New Ireland Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx mulcatus)
  • New Britain Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx sacerdotis)
  • North Solomons Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx meeki)
  • New Georgia Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx collectoris)
  • Malaita Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx malaitae)
  • Guadalcanal Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx nigromaxilla)
  • Makira Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx gentianus)
Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx argentatus) ©©

Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx argentatus) ©©

The  Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx argentatus) is now the Southern Silvery Kingfisher and they added:

  • Northern Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx flumenicola)

Needless to say, it will take a while to obtain photos for all these new kingfishers, so stay tuned.

There are more changes in the Version 5.4, but more about that later. They list 10,612 extant species and 154 extinct species of birds of the world (Version 5.4), with subspecies (20,757).

Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. (Mark 1:16-17 KJV)


Alcedinidae – Kingfishers Family

I.O.C. Update 5.4 Version

Sharing The Gospel



The Newest I.O.C. World Bird List – Ver. 5.3 Finished Finally

Hawaii Creeper (Loxops mana) ©WikiC

Hawaii Creeper (Loxops mana) ©WikiC – This bird is in the Loxops genus which now has add the Hawaii Akepa, Oahu Akepa and the Maui Akepa.

Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. (Psalms 32:11 KJV)

I started working on the newest version of the I.O.C. World Bird List in mid August after I realized the 5.3 Version had been released. I was able to get the new Parrot Family updated and put these two blogs up.

Nukupuu (Hemignathus lucidus) ©Drawing WikiC

Nukupuu (Hemignathus lucidus) ©Drawing WikiC – This is now the Oahu Nukupuu. The genus now has two new species Kauai Nukupuu (Hemignathus hanapepe) and Maui Nukupuu (Hemignathus affinis)

Well, it is now the third of September and I finally have the update finished. Since them I am older (birthday yesterday) and hope I am a little wiser. Between health, rainstorms, internet issues and just plain hard work fixing the update, IT IS FINISHED!

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (John 19:30 KJV)

The Lord said that when He had paid the debt for our sins on the cross, but this update no way compares to that greatest act of Love and Sacrifice for our salvation.

The “wiser” part came because as I had to update each Bird Family Page (241 pages), I changed the 5.2 Version to “The Latest I.O.C. Version.” Now I will only need to change the Family pages as needed. “Duhh” Why didn’t I think of that sooner. Since the pages were in edit mode, a Slideshow was added to each page. That is where a lot of time was spent.

Oahu Akialoa (Hemignathus procerus) Male Juvenile and Female ©WikiC Drawing

Oahu Akialoa (Hemignathus procerus) Male Juvenile and Female ©WikiC Drawing This was the Akialoa. There is now a Kauai Akialoa and a Maui-nui Akialoa (All are Extinct.)

That accomplished, it was time to get the indexes up to date. As they make changes to the Versions, new birds are added or deleted, name changes or misspellings corrected, and some genus are changed as they do the DNA studies.

That is when my hair started falling out as I pulled on it when The Next Problem showed up. While TRYING to edit the alphabetical pages, you know, A-Z on first names and last names (another 26 pages each), what is usually a “piece of cake” became a real challenge.

When I would select a Bird’s First Name – A, other “A” pages opened. Like Torrey’s Tropical  – “A” page or the Nave’s Topical “A” page or the Bird’s Last Name – “A” page.

So I owe all of you who have clicked around on this blog a BIG APOLOGY!!!!!  You have been going to all kinds of wrong pages. That took hours to find out why and then fix the pages. It appears, for those of us who blog, we should not to have more than one “A” page even if they are in different categories. For now I have pulled the Nave’s and Torrey’s indexes off-line until they can be corrected.

The IOC World Bird List 5.3 contains 10,580 extant species (and 152 extinct species)  classified in 40 Orders,  239 Families (plus 2 Incertae Sedis) and 2281 Genera.  The list also includes 20782 subspecies, their ranges and  authors.

Changes include:

SPECIES ADDED:                 19 (3 extinct)

SPECIES DELETED:               3

ENGLISH NAMES:                  13

TAXONOMY:                           18  including revised classification of world parrots

Now, maybe I can get back to writing some blog and visiting your websites again. Stay Tuned!

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. (Revelation 2:17 KJV)



New Parrot Family – I.O.C. 5.3 Version

Mulga Parrot (Psephotellus varius) by Ian

Mulga Parrot (Psephotellus varius) by Ian

My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: (Proverbs 24:21 KJV)

Finally have my computer and Excel back up running. I decided to start working on the new I.O.C. 5.3 version and was surprised to see that they had divided the Psittacidae – Parrots Family. Well, that family had 369 species and now the new family has been named Pittaculidae –  “Old World Parrots” with 192 parrots.

Blue-winged Parrotlet (Forpus xanthopterygius) ©WikiC

Blue-winged Parrotlet (Forpus xanthopterygius) ©WikiC

The old family, Psittacidae – African and New World Parrots has 178 avian wonders. They added two new ones to this family; the Turquoise-winged Parrolett (Forpus spengeli) and the Large-billed Parrotlet (Forpus crassirostris) that were subspecies of the Blue-winged Parrotlet family.

Golden-shouldered Parrot (Psephotellus chrysopterygius) by Ian

Golden-shouldered Parrot (Psephotellus chrysopterygius) by Ian

In the new Psittaculidae – Old World Parrots Family they changed the genus of several birds:

Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius) to (Psephotellus varius)
Hooded Parrot (Psephotus dissimilis) to (Psephotellus dissimilis)
Golden-shouldered Parrot (Psephotus chrysopterygius) to (Psephotellus chrysopterygius)
Paradise Parakeet (Psephotus pulcherrimus) to (Psephotellus pulcherrimus)

Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Parvipsitta porphyrocephala) WikiC

Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Parvipsitta porphyrocephala) WikiC

Little Lorikeet (Glossopsitta pusilla) to (Parvipsitta pusilla)
Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala) to (Parvipsitta porphyrocephala)

Cardinal Lory (Pseudeos cardinalis) Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay WikiC

Cardinal Lory (Pseudeos cardinalis) Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay WikiC

Cardinal Lory (Chalcopsitta cardinalis) to (Pseudeos cardinalis)

For now, that is about as far as I have gotten with the update. That was a major reshuffle which I plan to tell about in the next blog. Stay tuned!


Strigopidae – New Zealand Parrots
Cacatuidae – Cockatoos
Psittacidae – African and New World Parrots
Psittaculidae – Old World Parrots



Update to Ian’s Bird of the Week

Horned Parakeet (Eunymphicus cornutus) ©WikiC

Horned Parakeet (Eunymphicus cornutus) ©WikiC

O LORD, correct me, but with justice; Not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing. (Jeremiah 10:24 NKJV)

** Update to Ian’s Bird of the Week **

Just thought you might like to see a Hooded Parakeet with the two “horns”. Also, I assumed this was in Australia, but it was taken in New Caledonia.

Here is a drawing of the Horned parakeet, (Nymphicus cornutus) (above) and Ouvea Parakeet, (Nymphicus uvaensis) that Ian mentioned.

Horned Parakeet, (Nymphicus cornutus) (above) and Ouvea Parakeet, Nymphicus uvaensis) ©WikiC

Horned Parakeet, (Nymphicus cornutus) (above) and Ouvea Parakeet, Nymphicus uvaensis) ©WikiC

The Ouvea Parakeet is really similar:

Ouvea Parakeet (Eunymphicus uvaeensis) ©WikiC

Ouvea Parakeet (Eunymphicus uvaeensis) ©WikiC

This is a great link to compare the two birds.

Animal Photos



White-breasted Cormorant Update

White-breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus) SD Zoo by Lee

White-breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus) SD Zoo by Lee

In yesterday’s article, White-breasted Cormorants at San Diego Zoo I mentioned that we had never seen these before. When it posted, at the bottom of the article, it loaded the Latest Challenge of Zoo Photography which was taken at Lowry Park Zoo. I have added an Update to yesterday’s article.

But now that I look at the two of them together, it does make me wonder if they are the same species.???

I got through the netting.

I got through the netting.

They both have that beautiful green eye, but their little patch of color below the eye is different. Huh?

Interesting. They may come from different parts of Africa or it could be their ages or sex. If you know, drop a comment.

As James tells us, we are to admit when we mess up. It was unintentional.

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16 KJV)

At least it gave me something to write about today! :)
(By the way, if you wonder why I don’t have the smiley faces turned on, it is because I use so many “(” and “)” that they get turned into faces. I need the quotes for the names of the birds more than I need smileys. :)

I.O.C. Version 5.2 Updated

Ashy Gerygone (Gerygone cinerea) ©PNG Katerina Tvardikova

Grey Thornbill (Acanthiza cinerea) – (was the Ashy Gerygone) ©PNG Katerina Tvardikova

For the last few days I have been updating to the new I.O.C. Version 5.2. This update wasn’t too bad.

“The IOC World Bird List 5.2 contains 10,567 extant species (and 149 extinct species)  classified in 40 Orders,  238 Families (plus 2 Incertae Sedis) and 2277 Genera.  The list also includes 20,803 subspecies.” I don’t list the subspecies here.

Version 5.2 added 10 species:

And Deleted 3 species:

  • Forsten’s Megapode (Megapodius forsteni)
  • Central Nicobar Serpent Eagle (Spilornis [cheela] minimus)
  • Northern Parrotbill (Paradoxornis polivanovi)

They changed the name of 8 species:

Bluebonnet (Northiella haematogaster) to Eastern Bluebonnet
Swan River Honeyeater (Melithreptus chloropsis) to Gilbert’s Honeyeater
Wattled Honeyeater (Foulehaio carunculatus) to Greater Wattled Honeyeater
Giant Honeyeater (Gymnomyza viridis) to Yellow-billed Honeyeater
Ashy Gerygone (Acanthiza [Gerygone] cinerea) to Grey Thornbill
Chestnut-backed Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma castanotum) to Chestnut Quail-thrush
Mottled Whistler (Rhagologus leucostigma) to Mottled Berryhunter
Blue Seedeater (Amaurospiza concolor) to Cabanis’s Seedeater

They changed 2 scientific names:

  • Ashy Gerygone – Gerygone cinerea to Acanthiza cinerea (then changed the name to Grey Thornbill – see above)
  • Yellow-bellied Fantail – Chelidorhynx hypoxantha to Chelidorhynx hypoxanthus

As far as I know, all Family pages and all the Indexes have been changed. The Update is so new that photos are difficult to locate at this time. Many of the “new species” are subspecies raised to specie level. I am sure the Lord knows all about how many birds He Created and where they all are.

My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: (Proverbs 24:21 KJV)

For I am the LORD, I change not; (Malachi 3:6a KJV)

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8 KJV)

Birds of the World


Thank You

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) at Lake Parker By Dan'sPix

Mallard Back up on Feet. By Dan’sPix

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Colossians 3:15 NKJV)

Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts. I never dreamed that when I went to the hospital last Thursday, 19th, that they would keep me a week.

Finally got released last evening. This was the worst case of bronchitis I have had to deal with. Was on oxygen the whole week. Many of you were praying for me and those prayers were felt. Our Lord is great.

Not only did I get “rest,” (who rest in the hospital?) but multiple opportunities came available to encourage others around me. We were originally suppose be at a Bible Conference this week in South Carolina, but had decided to stay home and watch some of it on Livestream. With Hospital internet and electronic gadgets, I saw more of the conference than if we had driven up. The Lord knew ahead of time all about what would happen here.

Did get in a few bird sighting out my window. Fish Crows, Ospreys and a Mockingbird flew by to make part of my day.

Will try to get some articles rolling again. Had two waiting to be worked up before I went to hospital, but just didn’t feel up to doing them. Will get Ian’s Bird of the Week out soon and have one waiting from James J S Johnson.

Thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers. I still have more healing to do, but way on the mend.


Update – In Hospital

Duck slipping on Ice from the Telegraph

Oops! – (from the Telegraph)

Just an upstate. Was admitted to the hospital yesterday and they are going to keep me a few more days. The bronchitis is sever, but praise the Lord there is no pneumonia!

Thanks for those who have prayed for me, because they were felt, Especially when multiple needle attempts were made. I stayed calm while they made them.

Will be a few days with no blogs as sending from IPad not as easy, harder to do with photos. Please keep me in you prayers and thanks in advance.

(Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; (Romans 12:12)