Confessions of a Rookie Birder

Devotions on what birding reveals about the Christian life. Birders are a different breed. Look and see; listen and hear.

Stages of Development

I recently read an article in Birds&Blooms about the stages a bird goes through in life. I ask my birding friend Craig Taylor to send me...

I’m grateful!

Last Sunday, we woke up to a beautiful sunrise. The sun glimmered off the tree limbs that had lost their leaves. The evergreens' color...

Old friends

Our bird feeder was down for a couple of weeks and then it took several days for the birds to find it again. When...

On the wings of eagles

The shadow of something large flying over the deck grabbed my attention. The bird was huge, and when it circled around and flew back...

Feed the birds!

One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite movies is “Feed the Birds” in Mary Poppins. It’s a beautiful, but sad, song,...

Birds in Flight

Recently while camping, we spent an uncomfortable night while a storm crashed around us. It was late before we could finally get to sleep....

Hiding in plain sight

Standing in a parking lot recently, I heard birds chirping in all directions. I finally narrowed down one small Crepe Myrtle from which the...

Finding Patience

I've prayed for patience for years, but I've seen little evidence that my prayers have been answered. In fact, I have often joked that...

Confessions of a Rookie Birder: Cacophony of sound

As a seminar professor, I was able to go with students on education trips. One of those was to Oxford, England. My favorite memory...

Confessions of a Rookie Birder: Misidentification

One evening, Bob pointed out a bunch of birds circling out over the valley. From the shape of the birds and the way they...

Practice makes . . .

You've probably noticed that most of the photos I use for this series were not taken by me. Usually I include the photos of...

Confessions of a Rookie Birder: Two Cedar Waxwings!

Recently, my husband Bob and I went to the top of Bell Mountain which is just east of Hiawassee. I had read the view...