peeps

Okay, I know I’ve been writing about birds an awful lot and I apologize, but I’m absolutely enthralled with the sights and sounds right in my own backyard!

I heard on the radio today that June is the best month for watching birds as they are most active during this month. Mating, building nests, laying eggs and incubating them, feeding the little critters once they’ve hatched and teaching them to fly and hunt on their own. I’m seeing it all right out my window! Not even three feet away!

On the radio it was also said that bird watching is increasing in popularity as people are feeling more and more detached from nature because of the press of urban life. They long for a connection with nature and birdwatching is easy and free!

Right now there are at least six sparrows, maybe more, perched at various places in the Service Berry tree right outside this window. They are producing quite a racket! The mom and dad are flying back and forth to the hanging feeders grabbing seeds as quickly as they can and darting back to the squeaking sparrowlets. They sit perched on a few low branches peeping loudly and as a parent approaches their noises stop but in their excitement their entire body shakes uncontrollably from side to side like a tremor. The wiggles stop just long enough for the parent bird to pop some food in their mouths and the peeping begins immediately as the parents fly back and forth delivering the best kind of carry-out!

Peep, peep, peep, peep . . . . These are devoted parents. I’ve been watching the same behaviour in the other two nests in our yard. A family of grackles is in one pine tree and robins are in the one next to it. I went out in the rain yesterday and standing under my umbrella, snapped a couple of photos of the robins in their nest. They aren’t terrifically clear, but I still like them.

baby robins in nest

robin on nest in rain

I sat watching them a bit this morning and again this afternoon. The parents rotate. While one is feeding the bobbing heads, the other is out grabbing more food as quickly as they can. As the newly supplied bird flies up to the tree, the other takes off to reload. Such activity! Such noise! Such a delight to be able to see this and marvel at God’s design of these little creatures to care for and train their young. No bird parenting classes. No manuals. It’s just in them. (I need to ask God about that. Why didn’t he program us with parenting skills? Why isn’t it just instinctual for us to raise our young? Why does it have to be so doggone difficult sometimes?!)

I’ve tried to get close enough to the window to snap a photo of the sparrows assembled in the tree waiting for dinner but every time I get near, they all fly off, even the little ones! They may not know how to get food yet, but they’ve gotten quite skilled at flying away!

This year I think I’ve seen more kinds of birds than ever before in our yard. The only bird I haven’t seen yet this year is the tiny nuthatch. I’ll keep looking. I’m sure they’ll come visit soon!

Seeing these avian parents frenetically feeding their offspring makes me smile in remembrance of the years my husband and I spent feeding, training and caring for our little ones, now grown. It’s exhausting work but very gratifying! There is something deeply satisfying seeing these birds feeding their young. There is nothing like nurturing.

It makes me think of the nurturing of God:

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  (Matthew 6:26)

As I watch the birds feeding their young, I’m reminded of God’s kindness in providing food for them. I’m also reminded that if God provides for them, he will provide for me. I don’t even have to shake and peep and wiggle and squirm!

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12 Responses to “peeps”

  1. Bnai Says:

    Beautiful blog! 🙂

  2. Karen Says:

    How precious. We could all learn from the birds. Trusting God
    for everything and not thinking twice. Thank you for your insight.
    It is amazing what God is do.

  3. Nanci Hinman Says:

    LOL Thanks Kris I think your next book should be an “I Spy” Book on all the Amazing, Awesome things that God creates and gives us to enjoy…. I would make a great “nature” “I Spy book for kids or adults….looking for the birds ….they are so beautiful !!!!!

  4. Kristin Beauchamp Says:

    Okay, the bird bombing thing . . . I’ll have to blog about that next! LOL
    I was thinking that once the berries ripen on the tree, my bird posts will take on a new attitude! Not one of awe, but of frustration and disgust! As pretty as birds are, they just drop their junk whenever and wherever without a thought!

  5. Nicolette Says:

    Bird Bombed is right! I can easily relate to the bird dilemma. Our pool cover serves as the neighborhood birdbath each spring. Apparently word gets around fast because they regularly bathe in the water once it has thawed. Conveniently located close by is condo living in scenic trees and the much coveted telephone pole penthouse location which we pray each spring will be filled by the woodpeckers and not the starlings. Sparrows got it this year. The mulberry trees provide the buffett and the abstract painting patterns which appear on the driveway, deck, house, and the children if I don’t encourage them to keep moving fast enough. Pastor Les is right.

    • Kristin Beauchamp Says:

      Ha! Abstract potty paintings! Birds love those berries! We’re about to embark on the part of the summer where I’m constantly hosing off and scrubbing off the deck and furniture. I’m always uneasy sitting beneath the trees, knowing I’ll be bombed. It’s already happened twice this spring and the berries aren’t even on the menu yet! Maybe I’ll start wearing a plastic poncho! lol

  6. Cindy Hultine Says:

    Kris, thank you for your beautiful writing. There is so much enjoyment in reading your blog. You are such a gifted writer.

  7. Barbara Vierk Says:

    I just saw the comment Les wrote after I wrote mine. So you understand our dilemma.

    • Kristin Beauchamp Says:

      I wonder if those ‘black birds’ are grackles? They are a bird species I’m not particularly fond of myself! When they start behaving like your home is theirs and you’re an unwelcome guest, it’s time to set the record straight!

      How’s you battle going? Umbrellas up!

  8. Barbara Vierk Says:

    A few years ago we put a screened porch on our house. It ended within inches of a lilac tree which was the residence of a pair of cardinals. For two seasons the cardinals tried to coexist with us. We tried so hard to sit on the porch quietly reading as the male would sit a few feet away waiting for us to leave so he and his mate could return to their nest. Finally they relocated. We were just too close for comfort. They moved the day their babies left the nest. They must have been planning the move and had constructed a new residence. We miss them. This year they have been replaced by black birds which dive at us if we leave the porch. Sometimes they are not there but they leave huge indications of their recent visits. If we had young children they couldn’t play on the patio. We stratigized a war this morning. Today our battle begins.

  9. Les Says:

    I love watching birds with you and seeing all that God does to care for His creation right out our picture window. You haven’t told everyone how many times you have been bird bombed though. A birdie poopie target to say the least! Ha!
    Keep writing beautiful wife and we’ll keep reading!

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