Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Food and Shelter


After some promising signs of spring, winter is back in full force.  Sleet, like tiny frozen styrofoam balls, fell all day Sunday and piled up, covering the ground.  By yesterday morning, it was a solid mass of ice, laying under the cushion of snow that fell overnight.

In the wee hours of the morning, Don fired up the wood furnace, and by the time I got up, it was already cozy inside.  Church was cancelled on account of the weather, and so we busied ourselves at home.






Outdoors, the birds were very active, searching for food to keep themselves warm.  Cedar waxwings have been here for a few days.  They fly with the pinpoint precision of the Blue Angels, as if some inner radar tells all of them the exact spot in the air at which they must pivot.  They swirl in the sky in perfect sync, praising the One who gave them flight.




Yesterday they gathered on a tree limb, facing the wind, displaying their red wing tips and the yellow on the end of their tails.  As their name indicates, they  appear to have dipped their feathers in bright hot wax before they started their day.  In a moment, like falling leaves, they cascaded down to the birdbath and drank their fill, thanking the One who provides for them.




On a branch outside our window, one particularly fluffed up bird shivered against the cold, and periodically, opened his mouth.  He seemed to be catching the sleet, and appeared to be somewhat surprised by the result.





   
He glanced my way, as if to say, "How cool was that?"




As the daylight disappears, they retreat to their quarters, often in the cedars, 
where they wait for the light of a new day, entrusting themselves to the One who shelters them.



You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things, 
and by your will they were created
and have their being.
Revelation 4:11


He cares for those who trust in Him.
Naham 1:7



Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday


27 comments:

pens and needles said...

I'm a teeny bit jealous of your cedar waxwings. They don't come up to our place, perhaps because there are no woods right around our house. I love to see them and am thankful to see your beautiful pictures of them. Mostly, though, I love your words -- always so fitting and just right.

Mama Zen said...

These are so lovely!

Willow said...

What a beautiful post.
Thank you so much for sharing your photos along with such lovely thoughts and observations.

Kerri Farley said...

A Wonderful post! Your birds are beautiful!!

Sandra said...

Such adorable photos of those birds and a gorgeous orange sunset to make us feel warm and snug!

EG CameraGirl said...

It truly is amazing to watch cedar waxwings fly in formation!

Gunilla Bäck said...

The birds are lovely and the sunset spectacular.

S. Etole said...

Would love to see a Cedar Waxwing. Their colors are so gentle. Beautiful photos all.

Chris Rohrer said...

Beautiful!!! You have some fantastic birds here in great settings. Lucky you!

eileeninmd said...

Great collection of birds. The sunset is stunning! Gorgeous series of photos.

edenhills said...

Beautiful photos. I hope this is the last winter storm for you.

Brian King said...

Gorgeous shots! We don't get Waxwings around here. That's a beautiful sunset!

bailey-road.com said...

Wow! I love those beautiful Cedar Waxwings. I have seen them her only one time.

Karen said...

Lovely bird shots! The little Titmouse is so cute! Gorgeous sunset!

thewovenspoke said...

Beautiful photos of the Cedar Waxwing. Hope you warm up soon.

Kamana said...

love these captures!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Connie all wonderful shots of birds and I loved seeing the Cedar wagwings as we did not have any Wagwings here in Northern Ireland this year.

Gordon said...

A lovely set again, very much like the Jay, and the sunset. And isn't every one getting sick of this cold weather, on both sides of the pond.
Take care Gordon.

Mary Cromer said...

Always a beautiful visit here, and this is outstanding...those awesome Waxwings, glorious and the sky scene glorious~

Lisa Gordon said...

We've not gotten any more snow, but it is so very cold here, still. Hopefully soon, things will change a bit.

This is a beautiful series of photographs, Connie.

Happy day to you!

Neil said...

Beautiful series.

pattisjarrett said...

Lovely bird shots and captures of His creation.

Small City Scenes said...

I just love Cedar waxwings. That little tip of red on the wing does look like wax doesn't it. We don't have BlueJays here but we have other type of Jays. Pesky noisy birds but fun to watch. MB

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Lovely shots- I don't ever see these birds around here, so thanks for sharing.

marciento said...

Bardzo interesujący blog, obfitujący w spaniałe zdjęcia i komentarze. Pozdrawiam i życzę miłego weekendu. Marko

Jen said...

I love the bright colors on the tips of their feathers. Nice photos.

Jennifer Richardson said...

loved the images and your stories
and the scriptures....the last one especially jumped up and waved at my heart, flagging down
some ache and pouring balm into that place.
thank you:)
-Jennifer