My favorite source for idenifying birds is the Cornell Lab of Orinthology. We frequently look up birds and listen to the call recordings, trying to identify the voices we hear outside.
Just yesterday morning we were taking a look at a few birds and somehow ended up on the Pileated Woodpecker page. A friend has a son who is fascinated by birds and has been watching for the Pileated Woodpecker to arrive in their stretch of the forest.
It had been lightly raining all morning when Chica asked to go out and explore a bit. It didn’t take long before I heard “MOMMA! Come see.” Much to my surprise and delight, there he was, crest and mustache brightly red, hopping up the tree closest to our deck.
Now I know I am becoming more of a bird watcher…I grabbed the binoculars instead of the camera so I could get a closer look. But if you click on the bird’s name above, you can visit his page at All About Birds.
In this season we have added an international move to the job change, which has taken us from the CITY to the forest, and we have not found a church home away from home, a larger community of believers to gather with. This is partly becuase of the fatigue that results from 6 long days a week.
But we have discovered the sweetness of family worship. Letting the worship and fellowship linger all day. Soaking in the needed closeness, letting the laughter roll, singing HIS praises, together, no rushing…but a day to pause.
14. Strong warm hands taking my cold, tired hands, enveloping them in strength and love, not so tiny hands pulling mine, in vibrant, come with me I want to show you something in excitement and love.
15. Flickers of wisdom, understanding and discernment, knowledge and love growing brightly in young eyes.
16. Witnessing the sisters embrace in their play, reaching out in love during the joy of the moment.
17. Answered cries for help, morsels of helpful truth whispered in the early morning.
18. Anticipation and planning, a 6 day family adventure is brewing…and shhh, it’s a surprise!
19. Letting them play until the chill drives them in. They burst in with the scent of outdoors and flushed cheeks, cold hands reaching for an embrace of welcome.
20. Popsicles after poetry. A popsicle for mom during poetry to encourage them on 😉
21. Science Tuesday! Our favorite thing on Tuesday, that with staying home all day.
22. Snuggling through the “Big Woods” one more time, with a sweet 7yo, the youngest, the last…savoring this time, so rich, so precious.
23. Success! The pancake men didn’t become pancake blobs this time Practice makes improvement, even in pancake men cooking.
24. Letting the surprise slip and hearing the children say, “oh Marme, it’s still a GREAT surprise.”
25. Planning family retreats and being more excited about what the LORD has planned during that time.
26. Sweet, wise hubby hugging me firmly and asking where the failed science experiment is, then quickly, kindly explaining the reason for my failure.
27. And despite his fatigue that is even greater than mine, cheerfully doing the experiment at 8:45 pm, with giggly, eager, excited, energetic daughters ~
28. And of course, the experiment succeeds, and the children go several layers deeper than this mother could have led them.
29. Sleepy snuggles in the early morning to chase the bad dreams away, then tucking the sleepy snuggler in to Daddy & Mommy’s bed
But we did not get our nature walk in. We drove to the Mill Pond after a quick run to town for electrical tape and distilled water to find that the mosquitoes were FIERCE.
So, we spent a few minutes peering at the ones swarming the windows from inside the van. We all agreed, mosquitos are…GROSS and SCARY.
We drove home and I pondered…when will we get in our nature walks without being eaten by 6 legged animals. And it came to me!
I woke the girls at Wednesday morning at 6, we grabbed muffins and hot drinks and headed out. The weather was cool, the breeze was light and the sun was UP. As we approached the Mill Pond from the North East I noticed some swift swimmers…yep, beavers.
We watched for awhile and then headed to the west beach area. What delight met us there. A red winged blackbird flitted and flew all around, singing his song. Ducks and Loons and other unidentified birds swam, dived, called.
And the beaver approached. Closer. Closer still. It appears that Shiloh (our dog) and the beaver were quite interested in one another. There was a lot of nose twitching going on.
Then he did it….SPLASH.
Watch all the way to the end of the video, we think it’s well worth the minute or so wait 🙂