The Beautiful Yellow Warbler

These birds are rare, and when I Do see them they don’t sit long enough to photograph. I was barely able get this one. A very beautiful bird. The Yellow warbler.

Advertisements

Male Red-Winged Blackbirds Are Much Different Than the Female

 

It is interesting that the female looks much different than the male. It isn’t black; it’s brown with white streaks; and it doesn’t have any red on it. The male is all black with a small amount of red and yellow on each wing (as you can see). Its eyes and beak are also black, which blends in with the rest of the body and make them hard to see.

I see the male quite often on my walks. I have probably seen the female too; but until today, when I saw her picture on this web site, I didn’t know who she was—that she was black’s mate.

Yellow–Rumped Warblers are Quite Abundant Outside My Window

If the day is sunny and bright and I’m working at my desk, I will usually see these yellow-rumped warblers flying around outside my window, and then stopping to rest on top of the shed to eat the nuts and buds lying around.

The Yellow-rumped Warbler is the most abundant and widespread wood-warbler in North America. They are a common migrant in mid-Michigan from August-October and then again in April and May.

Canada Geese Close-ups

I saw these Canada geese the other day quite by accident. I was walking along on this trail beside the Mississippi river, and I stopped to rest where there was an overhanging cliff. I walked carefully to the edge of the cliff, and to my surprise, when I looked down I saw these geese eating the tall grass on the edge of the river. They too were surprised to see me, but they didn’t seem afraid at all as I got rather close to take their pictures.

Dead and Dying Trees

These trees don’t live very long.  But in the millennium trees, as well as people, will generally live for hundreds of years.

 

Isaiah 65:20-22

“No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days,

Or an old man who does not live out his days;

For the youth will die at the age of one hundred

And the one who does not reach the age of one hundred

Shall be thought accursed.

21 “And they shall build houses and inhabit them;

They shall also plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

22 “They shall not build, and another inhabit,

They shall not plant, and another eat;

For as the lifetime of a tree, so shall be the days of My people,

And My chosen ones shall wear out the work of their hands.

God Calls Us to Come Away With Him – Song of Solomon 2:10-13

 

“My beloved responded and said to me,

‘Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,

And come along.

11 ‘For behold, the winter is past,

The rain is over and gone.

12 ‘The flowers have already appeared in the land;

The time has arrived for pruning the vines,

And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.

13 ‘The fig tree has ripened its figs,

And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance.

Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,

And come along!'”

Song of Solomon 2:10-13

 

This passage expresses to us (as we are the bride of Christ) in such poetic and loving language (of a husband and wife), how God desires to spend time with us and to enjoy the time together. He wants to show us His beauty, and also, all the beautiful things He has made for us—the flowers and the blossoms and their wonderful fragrance.

When I go out on my nature walks I always enjoy the time, and I get a pleasant sense that He is near me and that all I see around me He has given me (and to us all) to enjoy.

A couple days ago I went out and noticed that, though most of the trees still looked bare, there were very tiny buds beginning to appear. Walking further I noticed a scraggly tree that was quite green. When I got closer I saw these delightful, fuzzy, soft buds that looked like green caterpillars. What a wonderful sight. They are Early Spring Willow Tree buds.