robins and cardinals

The robins are back!

My husband called me to come look out the window this morning. I went into the living room and looked out the window to see our crab-apple tree full of robins! They were feasting on the leftover dried fruit that still clung to the branches. They were enjoying eating as much as we were enjoying watching them! They visit the same tree when the fruit is growing and ripening; they build nests in the branches and push their little babies over the stick-edge to learn to ‘fly by the seat of their pants’.

Last spring I climbed a ladder, camera in hand to take some video of the babies in a nest in that tree. As my camera got a bit too close, all their scruffy little heads shot up simultaneously bobbing around on weak, scrawny necks as they frantically cried out for food. Too cute! (I’ll try to get it posted here soon.)

Cardinals, unlike the robins, don’t leave the cold climates during the winter, though why they don’t is a mystery to me! I’m tremendously thankful they stay. There’s nothing like their bright plumage to bring joy to my heart during the bleak and dreary winter months. I’ve noticed lately that the cardinals that live nearby have changed their conversations. In the winter they don’t sing, they just utter a short ‘pip’ kind of chirp. No matter what I’m doing, if I hear that little glorious sound, my head turns to locate that amazing creature. The other day it dawned on my that they’ve begun singing their sweet sounding songs again, and it delights my heart! Their music moves something deep within me. I can’t explain it, but it’s like a musical balm to my spirit.

Over the last several years I’ve become a bird appreciater; a bird watcher, though it happened gradually and quite by accident. Being home recuperating from many surgeries during my cancer process, I began to notice a varied array of birds that frequent our feeders. I’ve observed them for so long, now I even know what time of day I can expect each of them to come!

Whether it’s the cardinals or mourning doves, goldfinches or  woodpeckers, I’ve come to enjoy their company.

Seeing our tree full of robins this morning stirred renewed hope within me.  Their return signals the onset of spring! That long-awaited, much-anticipated new-beginnings time of year. Hope has flown back into town in the red breast of the robin. It is tangibly present. I can sense it in the atmosphere. I can feel it inside my being. Because of this and the cardinals’ songs, I can even persevere through whatever cold or snow old man winter may still have up his sleeve, because I know that spring cannot be held away much longer. The robins know it and the cardinals too!

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2 Responses to “robins and cardinals”

  1. angie williams Says:

    I love how you all love nature!!

    Not an expert at all, but I started loving birds many yrs. ago. When I see them and hear them, they just so quickly take me away. I then am able to “set my heart on things above” so much easier. The beauty of God’s creation came so alive to me when I began to follow Jesus. The excitement seems only to grow, the longer I walk with Him.

    Thank you so much sharing your gift. It paints such beautiful pictures for us. 🙂

  2. Kris Gnuse Says:

    I love this, too! I haven’t spotted a robin yet, (I’ll be on the lookout now!) but I’ve enjoyed some of the new songs the cardinals are singing. We will hear them and peek out our different windows to see if we can catch a view of the wonderful creatures! They are such a treat from the Lord.

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