Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Consider The Ravens

"Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse not barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?"
Luke 12:24 (NKJV)

I'm getting old. I know this. I'm fine with that. Honestly. All anyone needs to know about me to know that I'm getting old is what my new favorite hobby is.


yup. Love it.

We have a bunch of feeders and bird houses dotted throughout the yard, and I've taken quite a liking to identifying the different species of birds that I spot, either by sight or song. Chrissy and the kids bought me a Birds of Massachusetts Field Guide and a pair of binoculars for Father's Day. It turns out that there have been over 460 different species of birds spotted and recorded in MA. This field guide lists 121 of the most common species. There is a checklist in the index of the book, where you can check off a species that you have spotted. Starting now, I'm checking off birds that I spot, but only ones that I spot in my back yard. I've spotted 24 different species, just since Sunday. I tried to get pictures of some of them, but most took off before I could get to the camera. Here's a few photos I was able to snap of some less shy birds:

American Tree Sparrow- Female

Common Grackle- Male

House Finch- Male

Eastern Bluebird- Male

Eastern Bluebird- Mr. and Mrs.

Great Blue Heron- Gender not known. In flight.

Northern Cardinal- Male. Playing "hard to get".

More to come!

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