Saturday, September 7, 2013

Transitions




























It's early September, and already there are signs that things are changing.  
Wild grapes are starting to ripen, and overhead, 
blue-winged teal have passed in swift flight, heading for their winter home.



This time of year, many of our feathered visitors are fairly new to the world.  
A young red-bellied woodpecker balances with his stubby tail 
as his long tongue probes for treasures between the boards on our deck...









































before contemplating the food in the feeder.


























Newly fledged purple finches come singly and in groups.  
They seem unafraid; 
I nearly had to chase one away to fill the bird feeder yesterday.  
Their flight skills haven't been honed yet, 
and we root them on as they flutter in the air, trying to find a perch.  
Aren't landings tricky?

























Young titmice find dozens of ways to entertain themselves...
and us.



These young birds will be here through the winter, but the hummingbirds are preparing for their long migration south.  They swarm the feeders, like teenagers at an iphone sale, the wind from their tiny wings rustling petals of the cleome below, and fanning our faces when we stand close.  They drink from the feeders and the surrounding flowers as if their life depended on it, which in fact it may; a third of them will be lost in their grueling upcoming flight over the ocean.

We'll miss their chatter and the hum of their wings, their brilliant flashes of color and startling animation.

In our changing world, it's good to know one constant.  The Savior who loves us and gave His life for us, is always true, and extends His mercy day after day, in every season.


For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues though all generations.

Psalm 100:5





Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday



26 comments:

Sharon said...

Changes can be so hard at times. How grateful I am we serve an unchanging God!

pens and needles said...

Beautifully stated, and those are lovely images, too!

Barb Brookbank said...

Beautiful images, and thoughts.

Lisa Gordon said...

How beautiful these are, Connie.
Love those little birds.

Sandra said...

Always a joy to see your bird photography, Connie. You catch them at the very best moments full of expression and charm!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Connie God is good all the time. Great shots and I especially love the 5th shot. Great capture.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful post. I have had so much fun watching the baby birds.

Kerri Farley said...

Wonderful captures....I LOVE that baby titmouse :)

Nancy said...

These are such sweet pictures of the young birds...The one of the woodpecker looking up just gave me the chills as I thought he looks like he's looking up to the Father for His affirmation....much the same as we do....

I am amazed at God's creation every single day....

TexWisGirl said...

a sweet set of beauties. :)

Gary Phillips said...

The young ones are great fun!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Dave said...

Sublime post

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Very lovely series and can you believe that already we are thinking of Summer being just about over, for it seems that it just arrived. The start was really lovely here, but these past several weeks, have been hot, hot, hot!

Neil said...

Beautiful series.

Brian King said...

Love your Red-bellied shots and the Titmouse! That one made me laugh!

eileeninmd said...

Connie, lovely collection of birds. I love the cute Titmouse and the hummer. The juvies are all adorable. Wonderful photos, have a happy day!

Karen said...

Splendid shots Connie! The titmouse is sooooo cute!

Stewart M said...

Very jealous of the flicker sightings - I love woodpeckers of all sorts.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Carole M. said...

I loved the woodpecker but then all the photos were glorious

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful pictures, my favorite pictures are photo 3 and 6.
Very well photographed, compliments.
Greetings Irma

CabinGirl said...

Your hummingbird photo is stunning! So crisp and colorful.

And your poor finch has conjunctivitis. It's highly contagious to other finches and will eventually blind the bird. That's what is giving it difficulty in flying and perching, seeing you approach, etc.

There is a cure for it now, so if you have a licensed wildlife rehabber in your area capture the bird and take it in.

(I'm the communications director at one of the nation's busiest wildlife hospitals, in case you're wondering how I know this...)

Terri Buster said...

I love the changing of the seasons from one to the next..always watching some come and some go, leaves puffing out, or turning gold- and I am always, always, always thankful that God is with me every single day.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Beautiful photos of your birds.

Wally Jones said...

Thank you for sharing your young birds!
I really enjoyed your series of photographs!

Shey said...

Nice post, well said & great captures.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wonderful photos! I like the spread wings one best.