The birds in winter

The title of this post is a subtle reference to a movie starring my favorite actress, Katherine Hepburn. It’s a weird movie (interestingly, also featuring the first acting role for Anthony Hopkins, playing Richard the Lionhearted) about famous historical events and people.

Anyway, the reason I’m writing it is to comment on how much I’ve admired the birds that came to our feeders during our extreme weather conditions. Earlier this week, temperatures plunged to -25° F with windchill of almost -50° F, yet somehow these birds survived. Amazing.

I am reminded of scripture verses that talk about God’s care for birds, e.g. Matthew 6:26, where Jesus said: “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” That’s a comforting reminder to me.

Below are photos of a few of the birds I noticed recently. One of them, a Carolina wren, was a big surprise to see at this time of year. I noticed it perched on the deck post after I had just walked past it to our minivan, and quickly snapped the photo through the window.

Downy woodpecker


Carolina wren

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