God has told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does YHWH require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God? ~ Micah 6:8 Pigeons often appear nervous, and for good reason. The couple dozen of them gathered on the utility wires took off in a flock as they often do and I did as I always do when I see that, I looked for the predator. This time there was none, but within a few minutes a Mack truck of a bird came cruising down College Avenue
But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time God brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time God will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. ~ Isaiah 9:1 Most of what we find humorous about birds is a matter of anthropomorphism. That is, the behavior would be funny if they were thinking and acting like humans. How do we actually know if they are happy?
The Savage Breast
God drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. God put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.~ Psalm 40:2-3 Most people find birdsong quite soothing. I don’t. And I am guessing that that is also true for many birders. You might find that listening to a recording of birdsong relaxes you and helps you to fall asleep, but for me, it activates my brain into identification mode, thus making me hyper-ale
Rise and Shine
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Sovereign One has risen upon you. ~Isaiah 60:1 When you think of owls, you likely think of them hunting at night. That is true of most owl species, but some of them, particularly those that breed in the high Arctic, are diurnal, that is, they are active in the daylight hours. It makes sense that Snowy Owls and Great Gray Owls that spend summers where the sun never sets would then remain active during the day when the