A Bird in the Hand

Today, Chris and I saw two new birds in our yard.  They were so beautiful and quiet distracting…so much so that we were almost late for work because we were trying to snap their photos.  
It wasn’t until this evening that we were able to look at the pictures and identify what birds we had seen.  One of the birds, the Black Headed Grosbeak, was there when we got home this evening. 

You can be sure that we will be off to Wild Birds Unlimited soon to see how we can encourage more visits from the beautiful Orioles and Grosbeaks.  

I’m afraid I frustrate this little humming bird when I’m out in the yard.  He just wants to drink his sugar water before night fall…and I just want to snap his photo while the light is still good.

It’s wonderful to take a few moments to admire and marvel at God’s creation.

The Early Bird Catches the Goldfinch


The early bird catches the Goldfinch…and maybe Towhee too.

It’s been at least three months, perhaps four since we put out the feeder to attract Goldfinches.  After being captivated by all the outdoor birds and wildlife in our backyard…we were hoping to attract Goldfinches.

Valerie and Vince at Wild Birds Unlimited in Yorba Linda assured us that they would come.  They said be patient…they are a little skittish…it may take them a while to come.  Well after a couple of months of trying lure them our way in the front yard…we finally moved the feeding sock to the backyard.  Again we waited.  It took a couple more months…but this time we hit pay dirt.

Yesterday, while ironing Chris looked out the back window and saw birds on the sock.  I ran out with my trusty camera…and was able to capture the elusive Goldfinches!  Throughout the day…I’d glance out while I was busy cleaning…and found the little critters out there, coming and going throughout most of the day.

Despite the chilly morning, I braved the elements to capture our new friends, the Goldfinches, and few old pals as well.  There is our beloved Towhees and of course our precious sparrows.

As a side note…a big thumbs up to Valerie and Vince at Wild Birds Unlimited in Yorba Linda, CA.  Their customer service is simply the best.  If you love birds…please be sure to pay them a visit.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins?  And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” – Luke 12:6-7