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Food for Thought-Birds of Caution

 

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Birds’ Eye

What we see if we flew?
Would we see lines as rivers?
Would we see people and animals?
Would there be details to the mountains, rivers and streams?

I say that we can fly.
And we will see what we want to see.
Just close your eyes and let your mind wander.
You will see what you would see from a birds’ eye view.

– Daphne Osman
A young girl still in school. She has always dreamed of seeing her work on the internet.
Sunset Over Pacific

Sunset Over Pacific (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  • More Costa Rican birds, and moths (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
    time to switch from telephoto lens to macro lens. From birds to moths which had gathered on the building.
  • Food for Thought-Birds of Caution (richardsfoodforthought.com)

    Birds of caution
    Never fly
    Dreams of motion
    Make them sigh

    Content to watch
    From their place
    While others seek
    Open space

  • Eagles Wings (1realgirlwriter.com)
    I met a girl in a lake today
    On her arm was inked a tattoo
    It was an image of a bird of prey
    An eagle proud and trueThis girl thought she had clipped its wings
    Because she did not fly
    The sky was bright and crystal blue
    But yet she choose to hide
  • Urban river pollutants suppress wild bird development (sciencedaily.com)
    Hormone disrupting pollutants are affecting the health and development of wild birds nesting along the urban rivers of South Wales, new research shows. Findings reveal that chicks of the Eurasian Dipper — a river bird that feeds exclusively on insects and fish in upland streams — are underweight compared to their rural counterparts. Also of concern is that birds nesting in urban rivers have altered hormone levels, and are hatching fewer female chicks than those nesting along rural rivers, which could have negative implications for the population’s breeding and survival.
  • Nijhum Dwip – The quite island of Bangladesh (remit2homeblog.wordpress.com)
    The virgin island of “Nijhum Dwip” is enriched with plants, animals and natural beauty. It is raised on the estuary on the channel of the Meghna River on the mouth of the mighty Bay of Bengal. The geographical location of Nijhum Dwip has been identified just two kilometres south west of Hatia Upazila and directed under the jurisdiction of the Noakhali District of Bangladesh. Nijhum Dwip consists of more than 4 / 5 small islands like Char Kamla, Char Osman, Corner of Char Osman and isolated from the mainland by Hatia channel.
  • Birds above us (fortiscorde.wordpress.com)
    I decided to safely jot down lines of poetry . . . *winks deviously* . . . while I innocently appeared to be taking notes. But sketching has always been my means of absorbing and staying focused. So that I wouldn’t fall asleep in the middle of class (even if it was one of my favorite classes at the school: Paideia).
  • Until Bird-racketing Dawn (seshatwuji.wordpress.com)
    Though aging does that just fine
    Our wings of where we
    Once flew, the sunlit open skies
    And when red breaks out
  • Rare bird spotted near Pelee sparks buzz in birding community (blogs.windsorstar.com)
    According to the National Audobon Society, the Smith’s Longspur is a sparrow-sized bird with distinctive buff-coloured marking that winters in the plains territory from Nebraska south to Texas, and congregates en Masse in Illinois before migrating north to the treeline in Canada.If the birds are spotted here repeatedly over a period of time, they could attract birders from further afield, Pratt said.

    “Despite thousands of birders birding Pelee every year for a hundred years or more, they’ve never had one before in the county here,” said Pratt.

  • Wild Bird Development Suppressed by Urban River Pollutants (medindia.net)
    Findings published today in the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry journal reveal that chicks of the Eurasian Dipper – a river bird that feeds exclusively on insects and fish in upland streams – are underweight compared to their rural counterparts. Also of concern is that birds nesting in urban rivers have altered hormone levels, and are hatching fewer female chicks than those nesting along rural rivers, which could have negative implications for the population’s breeding and survival.Data obtained by a team of scientists from Cardiff University, working in collaboration with the Universities of Saskatchewan and Exeter, and the Natural Environment Research Council, suggest that urban contaminants such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and PBDE flame-retardant chemicals (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) acquired through their food are to blame. Results showed a strong correlation between contamination by PBDEs and PCBs with depressed thyroid hormone levels in chicks – one thyroid hormone was 43% lower in chicks from urban rivers than those rural rivers.
  • Erich Hoyt and the Orca Tour; the endangered song: The Animal Beat (oregonlive.com)
    Sad news comes this month from Ecuador, where a young Andean condor released to the wild last summer was found shot dead. The bird had been equipped with a satellite transmitter, which allowed researchers the rare opportunity to track flight patterns and previously unknown roosting sites, according to The Peregrine Fund, a Boise conservation group. The bird, known as Felipe, was the fourth Andean condor shot and killed in Ecuador in the last 18 months. Andean condors, a critically endangered species in Eucuador, are that country’s national bird. Federal authorities are investigating.
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Birds, Birds Everywhere

You may Look Who Came to Call on the Hummingbirds Today!, or even try to look the birds in the eye.

Cindy Barton Knoke, who can not resist taking pics of Hummingbirds,has good reasons to think birds understand more about us than we do about them. When you look at her photographs several of those animals seem to look at the world with compassion and understanding how foolish human beings can be. Many of those birds and other animals seem to have us figured out.

Many birds may be curious and willing to conquer their fear. Corvids like ravens, crows and magpies, may remember the faces of people who do bad things to them for years.

Cindy Barton Knoke writes:

Most wild birds must be quite accustomed to a human before they will let you get anywhere near them. Smart birds. Starlings like this Superb Starling are capable of understanding grammatical rules and are being studied by linguists because their vocal recognition abilities surpass those of Tamarin monkeys. {Look Me in the Eye: Birds~}

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Acorn Woodpecker – Photography: Cindy Knoke

You can not say man of fine looks and attitudes ‘flock together’ but the eye of the (probably) patient photographer shows us that birds of fine feather flock together!The writer of the blog Cindy Knoke tells us also that the San Diego Zoo houses the largest collection of bird species in the United States and manages there to take more than one a picture-taking paradise!
Today she also seems to have enough spare time to make some nice trips where she can play with the photographic lens and can capture the incredibly rich in wild bird life.
She admits to be no expert on bird identification, but for sure I find she has a good eye for them and also a good relation with creation.

She also remembers us that Hummingbirds were revered in many native cultures.

In Peru the Aztecs carved a Hummingbird figure in stone visible from the foothills.
They believed that Hummingbirds spread life, which is certainly true, as they are major cross pollinators. Their God of the Sun and War was called Hitziloppchti {Huitzilopochtli (Aztec god)} and he was known as The Hummingbird Wizard. {I Can’t Resist Taking Pics of Hummingbirds!}

What is also interesting is to see the many colours the birds have and see how they are reflected in other things in nature and in creations made by man or even more interesting by fossilization in nature itself: Ancient Creatures & Living Jewels~

One can look at those beautiful prints made by the ‘pressure of time’, but one shall not be able to capture the essence of objects.

Lots of human beings could learn from the smart birds and other animals the Creator has provided. People should also come to understand that when they do not see how to cope any more in this life, they would do better to look at the birds and to go out in the wide and wild nature, to let themselves be carried away by the colours and the movement of the other creatures than human beings. We can learn so much from them, but they also are also able to give us so much, even when we do not give them anything.

Next day you go out in the fields, have a better look and try to find the hidden birds as well. Enjoy Natures Jewels!

And let us at the same time remember, that of nature we do know very little. And the more we learn, the more we know how little we know!!

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Headshot of a Victoria Crowned Pigeon, taken i...

Headshot of a Victoria Crowned Pigeon, taken in Jurong Bird Park, Singapore. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Birds, Birds Everywhere

Birds, birds everywhere,
flying through the sky without care.
Reminding us how graceful life can be,
as they fly from tree to tree.
Singing so very happily.

 – Suzae Chevalier = Suzanna Christina Chevalier
(Born Suzanna Christina Chevalier on April 18,1966 in Elizabeth New Jersey. Suzae always loved to write poems as a child. Writing poetry in the dark late at night. Now as an adult she has published 5 children picture books under name Sue Chevalier, but soon to be released under Suzae Chevalier. Her children’s picture books rhyme as well. Find her children poetry at http://www.puppetpoems.com and wwww.puppetpoets.com as well as http://www.suechevalier.com http://www.purplepoems.com and http://www.razelrhymes.com. She has another poetry alias that is more popular for it has more realistic poems about life on the planet-the alias is Christina Sunrise and visit her website http://www.christinasunrise.com and on poemhunter as well. )
English: Female House Sparrow, Bairnsdale Aust...

Female House Sparrow, Bairnsdale Australia. Taken in September 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Preceding articles:

God’s wisdom for the believer brings peace

The Blues Can Make You…….Happy!

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Please find also:

  1. Beeps, Cheeps & A Chuckle for Your Friday!
  2. Don’t Ever Go With Your Husband to the Barber Shop!
  3. Okay, Okay. IF I Post Any More Hummingbirds, I’ll Facilitate and Attend My Own Therapy Group for People Who Compulsively Photograph Hummingbirds!
    (For anyone who reads this and does struggle with compulsive issues, laughter is one of the best healers. Have a good laugh and please know you are far from alone. Compulsive difficulties can be very successfully treated. I recommend you look for a therapist with expertise in this area and a good sense of humor!)
  4. Some Wild Birds Around the World!
  5. The Migration is on at The Holler!
  6. Have You Ever Been Stared at by a Hummingbird?
  7. Humingbirds Visiting The Holler Today!
  8. The Baby Hummer Who Crashed Into Glass!
  9. La Lengua del Colibrí
    Although hummingbirds are at The Holler year round, the spring migration brings greater numbers of hummers to The Holler.
  10. Holler Birds Put On Their Holiday Coats for You!
  11. Feathered Tuesday:Holler Hummingbirds, Hawks, Golden Eagles (and sweet little finch!)
  12. Hummingbirds, Snapdragons & Tigertails!
  13. The Hummingbirds are Becoming Tame!
  14. The Holler Birds Said Welcome Home!
  15. Rural Resident Overfeeds Wild Birds!
  16. Eagle Owl!
  17. Anza Avian Refuge!
  18. Hawk Headed Parrot!
  19. Red Shoulders and Red Tails!
  20. Hanging Out with the Hawks Pt I (of III): Red Tails
  21. Hanging Out with the Hawks: Pt. II (of III) The Harris Hawks!
  22. The Birds of Patagonia! Wow!
  23. Patagonian Birds!
  24. The Birds Prepare for Shelter as the Moon Rises, Late in the Patagonian Night!
  25. The Glorious Birds of Australia!
  26. Pelis-Can Do…..
  27. Hhh! (Last Post on Topic for Awhile)

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Further reading:

  1. What is life?
  2. Taking care of mother earth
  3. Searching for fulfillment and meaning through own efforts, facing unsatisfaction and depression
  4. Spring Time Is Coming
  5. Tu B’Shvat, the holiday of the trees
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Spring Time Is Coming

English: Spring Copse with Rookery Spring Cops...

Spring Copse with Rookery Spring Copse has a rookery, lots of nests with birds coming and going. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Spring Time Is Coming

Beautiful Spring is coming,
Ah, yes, will soon be here,
For the clear bright sun is shining
All human hearts to cheer.
One the brightest gems of nature
Is the orb that o’er us shines,
And o’er the wide creation,
It’ll shine to the end of time.

The birds will soon be singing
On shrub and bough of trees,
Their notes will soon be ringing
Out, forth so merrily.
They love the merry spring time,
Those little birds we love,
They love the pleasant sunshine
That comes down from above.

We can hear them sweetly singing
From early morn, till night.
They make music in the woodland
Those little birds; so bright,
We should dearly love them,
Those little harmless things,
And when we hear their music,
We know that it is spring.

Ah; it’s pleasant in the springtime,
All nature seems so gay.
Bright flowers in the sunshine,
Sweet fragrance can display.
The hills, and dales, and meadows,
So beautifully covered o’er;
With natures richest verdure,
The green grass, as of yore.

The winter will soon be over,
With its cold and chilly winds.
It is sad and dreary ever,
Yet its dying, free from sin.
Now the springtime is coming,
Ah, yes, will soon be here.
We will welcome in its coming
In this glad new year.

– Julia A Moore (1847-1920 / United States)

She inspired Mark Twain to create the character of Emmeline Grangerford in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Grangerford’s funereal ode to Stephen Dowling Botts.

Cover of "The Adventures of Huckleberry F...

Cover via Amazon

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  • For The Love Of Spring, By By Georgina Harrington, 1st Year (paperclipsmagazine.wordpress.com)
    I love the three months February, March and April of spring each year
    because it is the start of all things new and all things bright and beautiful.
    There are new baby animals and birds being born.  Flowers, plants and
    trees are budding and growing.  GMT Summertime is getting closer as it
    starts this year on Easter Sunday 31 to the bright mornings and longer evenings.
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    Springtime represents new beginnings in our lives.  We are all on a
    similar journey but at different stage.  Springtime gives us a chance to
    rethink what we do for ourselves and our surroundings.
  • Springtime thoughts (missjayhawk.wordpress.com)
    Spring is the time when everything just seems to go right. Hopefully that won’t be true for just me.
  • Spring Quotables (and a Poem) (writingisfun-damental.com)
    secretly adoring shyly
    tiny winging darting floating
    merry in the blossoming
    always joyful selves are singing
  • April’s Springtime = Joy!!!! (redbyrdorchardcider.com)
    i wish i could take a sound recording of the orchard this morning and post it here for you, but alas, photos will have to suffice.  Birds galore…mocking birds singing through their playlist, woodthrush whistling, redwing blackbirds and robins flying from row to row.  It’s a cacophony of the best kind. Ahhhh, Spring!  Sunshine warming me through my sweatshirt, trees showing green tips, and luckily no blossoms yet.  Quite a change from last year’s spring.
  • It’s Spring!! (11elevennyc.com)
    Come springtime in NY you begin to notice the beauties that have been hidden for months by Winter. Not just because in Winter leaves and flowers don’t exist and trees become things of Tim Burton’s imagination but because it is just too cold to be out long enough to take notice of much of anything beyond the visibility of your own breath.
  • Springtime! (jogginginthesunshine.wordpress.com)
    The dead is brought back to life and everything seems so balanced and good again. I don’t know about anyone else, but once spring comes, I cannot help but be happy and so joyful! The depressing, seemingly endless cold has gone. No more dreariness, no more dullness, no more runny noses and red cheeks, and no more layers of leggings underneath pants and multiple socks inside boots. Spring brings a new beginning, new opportunities, and new experiences.
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    Don’t we all wish we could have this renewal year-round!? Good news. We can. God provides for us this renewal anytime we want, we just have to ask for it. Everyone goes through plateaus or valleys in their spiritual life. In those times, we need some renewal, some new life, a little pep in our step. God has already brought our dead selves to life, just as the spring does for all the flowers, but now we have to continuously grow, bloom, and bear fruit. This is no easy job. There are days with no sunshine. There are days with too much sunshine, and not enough rain.  We get stuck, dull, and weary, without bloom. We feel defeated and need something, anything.
  • Springtime in Vancouver (emigratebc.wordpress.com)
    I stare at the new Community Garden which has sprung up on an abandoned parking lot near Science World – raised beds which a month ago were barely filled with soil, now a patchwork of shades of green .  The grass and wildflower roof of the Convention Centre is dazzling and busy with the bees from the Centre’s own hives.  The snow on the mountains, which look so close on a clear day, is almost too bright to look at.I find myself running late for meetings as I am distracted by all the new cleanness around me.  Buildings and signs and people I have ignored over the winter are suddenly too bright and interesting not to stop and watch.  This is a city where people take cherry blossom very seriously; so seriously that it is a weekend and evening pastime to go for a Japanese-style Cherry Blossom walk.
  • Spring is here! (mondaywritingclub.wordpress.com)
    April showers bring May flowers!! / Spring is here and we know it!
  • The Voice of Coming Spring (joeyphoenix.com)
    The winter is often a cruel mistress. She’ll tease you with sunshine then gift you with gale force winds. You’ll see a bright warm day, followed by a snowstorm. You’ll fight the urge to sink further and further into yourself, because you’re cold and exhausted and tired of traipsing through the ice.
  • Spring Sunshine (myfanwyfox.wordpress.com)
    I’ll welcome you,
    fling open doors,
    shuck off vesty layers,
  • Its Springtime in the Midwest (vote29.com)
    The Rock River iced over this Winter. The other day the ice started to break up and the river sent sheets of ice down stream toward the Mississippi.
  • springtime 1 (honoredabove.wordpress.com)
    This is the time of dancing. I redeem all things. As I orchestrate the cosmos, so I am involved in your life. My pleasure is to see you live: life, and life abundant. You are not here to suffer without hope, but to overcome. Victory is Mine, and I give it to you. Victory is yours!
  • 8 Reasons We’re Looking Forward to Springtime Photography (sarasotatim.wordpress.com)
    For us photographers, most seasonal changes bring about opportunities to take great photos under differing conditions, and usually no change is more dramatic than the transition from winter to spring.  The world thaws into a new and color-dripped landscape, ripe for capturing its natural beauty through springtime photography.
  • Springtime (alicehocker.com)
    We should welcome change into our lives, allowing as nature does.  Giving ourselves permission to blossom, enjoying life to the fullest.
  • It’s Springtime again… (staciawrightbreel.wordpress.com)
    Some of my closest professional friend/confidants keep telling me I need to start a blog.  So… Okay, here I am.  It’s Spring.
  • Find some nice photos on Springtime (hjsphoto.wordpress.com)
    After nearly one week of high feverish virus infection I am back, slowly…
  • Springtime in Bloom (benspark.com)
    For me, one of the official start to Spring is when our two backyard trees are in bloom. I took a photo of the flowers blooming on the tree as I walked to the car to go to work tonight.
  • Walter Russell Mead: Springtime in Kiev, or Just Another Winter Storm? (ivoter.com)
    With a revolution on, the chances that events in Ukraine could provoke a dangerous confrontation between Russia and the West may be increasing. Walter Russell Mead writes: For the third time in a generation, there is revolution in Ukraine. For the second time in a decade, Viktor Yanukovych has been overthrown in Kiev.
  • Spring flowers bring color to Baltimore (darkroom.baltimoresun.com)
    Sun photojournalist Karl Merton Ferron was walking with his family one morning in March and noticed hints of color from early spring flowers contrasted against an otherwise brown-and-gray winter.With the anticipation of springtime, he photographed the renewed colors and vibrancy of emerging blossoms. Some may consider a number of the images to be mere weeds, but weeds are only those plants people choose to remove, rather than cultivate.
  • Springtime walk with the dogs (unniewmartinsen.com)
    A few weeks ago, the winter finally released it’s grip of Copenhagen, and things started to look a bit brighter… and warmer. Now almost everything has bloomed, even though the temperature is not what it usually would be.
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