Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Birds For All Seasons

Look at the birds.
They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them.
And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are?
Matthew 6:26

We all enjoy watching the birds.I often think that as they gather food, they have to work so hard to get a tiny little seed.
This Robin showed up one winter, quite a few years ago.
It is not uncommon to see a Robin in winter.There has been one or two on my yard all winter.


Even the smallest of birds have to work to provide for their family.Many years ago,I was fortunate enough to watch a Ruby-throated Hummingbird put the finishing touches on the nest.


The Tree Swallows are cute.They look rather sophisticated in their dark suits, but they sure are charming.


Some years we have many Common Redpolls around, and then it may be years before they show up again. This one was checking ut the food supply at the window feeder.


Summer brings the Hummingbirds to the nectar feeder.These tiny birds are always on the move.

All photos in today's post were captured by Jake, some of them many years ago.

Closing Thought:
God loves the birds and provides for them.
Consider how much more He love you and me.

29 comments:

George said...

These photos -- like all of Jake's pictures -- are marvelous. Thanks for sharing these with us.

Ginny Hartzler said...

He was an excellent photographer. The hummer is a real beauty! Not easy to get a good unblurred picture of him. Poor shivering robin! I wonder why some stay? Maybe they can't make the migration. Did you know hummingbirds make their nests from spider silk?

Debby Ray said...

These are beautiful, Ruth. It's funny...I rarely see a robin in my yard. Maybe it's the hard, red clay that makes up the "soil" in my yard...come to think of it, I rarely see worms either! Gotta have worms for those robins!

Rose said...

That first photo of that robin is totally wonderful...not that the others are good. The robin one just appeals to me so much.

Rose said...

Oh, I tell that verse to myself quite often at times!

Diane said...

I never get tired of looking at birds. These are beautiful pictures. The tree swallow is very uncommon here so he was particularly interesting to see. Happy February, Ruth.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love to watch the birds. I grew purple salvia in my garden last summer and the entire summer hummingbirds visited to drink its nectar. That was such a treat for me to see!

Kerri Farley said...

Beautiful captures!

Christine said...

I always think of that chorus 'His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me!' when I see the birds finding food! These are lovely photos of the birds!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Great photos dear Ruth and the verse at the end is perfect! I've been thinking a LOT lately about not be anxious or worrying, and this is just one more piece to encourage me in this area of my life.

Thank you ~ Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

Sandra said...

the tree swallow and the red polls are new birds to me. have not seen them before. the hummingbird shot is amazing.. looks like he could fly right out of my computer

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I love it when you share some of Jake's old photos, and these are beautiful examples. I especially like the tree swallow in his dark suit.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

I'm sure that Jake is up there smiling down as you share his photos... How Special!!!! He was such a great photographer --just like you...

Love seeing the birdies.. We don't ever have Redpolls here (I don't think) --but we do have Robins year-round. This morning we had a cold morning with a teeny bit of snow (not even a trace--ha ha) but our resident Robin visited the deck searching for some food...

Hugs,
Betsy

Debbie said...

he was such an awesome photographer - i am always so happy when you share his images here. and how nice that you shared a love of photography!!!

Hootin' Anni said...

Beautiful...I favor the red poll...I don't think we have in South Texas

Hootin' Anni said...

Beautiful...I favor the red poll...I don't think we have in South Texas

Unknown said...

Ruth, all the lovely birds! I do love them all! Nice images! I am quite enjoying this cold snap, it has brought lots of nice birds to our feeders! We had a little Wren in the yard this morning! Precious!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Beautiful birds and I love watching them at the feeders, too. I always look forward to seeing flocks of robins in the backyard because then I feel like spring is on the way. We don't have the Common Redpolls here, at least I haven't heard of them. Cute bird with his red cap.

Lady Fi said...

Lovely bird shots.

Rose L said...

I have enjoyed robins and blue birds and wrens all winter, and one hummingbird.

happyone said...

What lovely pictures of all the birds.

Nora said...

I loved all the photos. I really like it when you put in the photos by Jake. Makes him so much a part of your blog. Sometimes it is nice to put in photos from in the past.

CountryMum said...

I do so love the birdlife. We are blessed are we not?

John's Island said...

Hi Ruth, I love these pictures of birds. Your starting scripture and closing thought reminded me of that old spiritual His Eye Is On the Sparrow. I thought I would enjoy hearing that song again and looked for it on YouTube and found this version by Ethel Waters at a Billy Graham Revival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAmSTWcja0M I hope you'll listen to it. It might be the highlight of my day today! Thank you, Ruth! Hope all is well with you and sending you kind regards from Seattle! John

Deborah said...

Hi Ruth, I just came across your blog. We're not seeing many birds around our place these days, but we make up for it with the deer! It's always nice to find other Manitoba bloggers! I blog at manitobagardens.com

Deborah said...

I've shared your post on my FB page. https://www.facebook.com/manitobagardens/

Shug said...

beautiful birds.....I have really seen a lot of birds out and about. Always enjoy seeing the cardinals...
Enjoy your day

E. said...

i was wondering about that hummingbird .. thinking there was no way he would enjoy the snowy times??!! that is so funny. it keeps looking like snow ... but just cold. no snow or rain ... nothing falling ... just cold. i am wishing for spring please. love the robin shot. ( ;

Sandi said...

Sweet photos :)

Enjoying your blog today!