Green Fields ~ Yellow Birds ~ Old Pine Trees

Wednesday, April 20

DSC_0246The neighbor was turning his grass to dry it for harvest.

DSC_0249The male goldfinches are a brilliant yellow right now.

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DSC_0259We had Amos and his helpers here to take down three old pine trees that were getting ragged and spindly.

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DSC_0262They fed them into their wood chipper which ate them right up and spit the chips into a box truck.

DSC_0265Tree #2 going down

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DSC_0651A few days later Cerwin rented a stump grinder to take care of the stumps.

Interesting Day

Friday April 8

DSC_96976:00 AM

This is what I saw when I looked out our kitchen window about a week and a half ago, so I wanted to investigate the sunrise.

DSC_9702It was quite overcast, but the sun was momentarily shining through a break in the clouds.

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I enjoyed watching a couple of brown-headed cow birds at the feeder. I noticed they were arching their necks now and then. I checked online and it is part of their mating ritual. They were probably making sounds as well, but I could not hear it through the closed windows.

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It began hailing!

DSC_9719This certainly does not look like early April.

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DSC_9731A few mornings earlier the tulips were frozen – now they were being pelted by hail.

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DSC_9747When the hail was over, the cow birds came back. The ones that are arching their necks in this picture are the males. They have black bodies and brown heads. The female’s body is totally brown.

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DSC_9762By 1:30 PM the hail had disappeared and the sun was out – giving me nice lighting to get a photo of this cute Chipping Sparrow.

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DSC_9763That was an interesting day!

A Day With Diane & Anthony

Thursday, March 31

Oh what fun to have our oldest daughter Diane here for a few days and then for her to have their grandson, Anthony here, for a day and night.1 (1)

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2 (1)Diane didn’t have to ask me twice if I wanted to go shopping with them. 🙂

The next few pictures are from my cell phone.

2 (1a)Our first stop was Good’s Store near Ephrata.

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2 (4)Trying on a “Mennonite” hat.

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2 (6)A summer hat

2 (7)Another one

2 (8)Then it was time for lunch at McDonalds.

I didn’t take any more pictures, but we went to three outlet grocery stores. Diane went into the last two alone, because Anthony was sleeping. Diane likes to stock up on bulk grocery supplies when visiting Pennsylvania.

It was a warm day, so I sat in the car and enjoyed watching traffic and people. 🙂

DSC_9407This was my first sighting of a male brown-headed cow bird this spring.

A Junco & A Wren

Wednesday, March 30

DSC_9359I don’t have any creative thoughts or words tonight – just a few pictures of the two birds that were at our kitchen window feeder when I came up from my basement office on Wednesday afternoon.

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DSC_9363I think he saw me.

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DSC_9371When he left, this pretty little wren came by to entertain me.

House Sparrow

Tuesday, March 29

1A cute, male house sparrow perched just outside our kitchen window – in great lighting – gave me an opportunity for a few close ups.

DSC_9335He is a rather ordinary bird, but I still find him fascinating.

DSC_9340He has no clue that he wasn’t created as beautiful as a male cardinal.

DSC_9343He just sings the songs he was created to sing and does the things he was created to do.

DSC_9347We could learn from House Sparrows.

DSC_9353It often takes us a lifetime to learn to be content with the person who God created us to be.

Many of us spend way too much time wishing we were like someone else – wanting to be prettier, richer, smarter, or braver.

DSC_9354Yes, we could learn from the House Sparrow and just be content with the person God created us to be…

…developing our own skills and personality

…enjoying life

…resting now and then

…loving and praising God.

Four Days in February

Wednesday, February 17 through Saturday, February 20

2-18 (3)A hungry Dark-eyed Junco

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2-18 (5)Female Dark-eyed Junco.

2-18 (6)European Starling

2-18 (7)A beautiful sunset

On the 17th I had a delightful and delicious breakfast at Lintia’s Restaurant with my sister Nancy, then on the 19th – after Lois and Mary helped label the Highway News – our grandson Nathan took us (his grandparents – Lois, Cerwin, and me) out for lunch. I had a most delicious Tomato Pie at Tomato Pie Café in Lititz.

2-20-16 (1)Sunrise

2-20-16 (2)The sky was lined with jet streaks on Saturday morning, February 20, when we headed to New Holland for TFC’s Lancaster Chapter Prayer Breakfast.

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2-20-16 (7)I love driving into a pretty sunrise.

2-20-16 (11)The Amish were on the road early too.

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2-20-16 (14)After breakfast Cerwin shared a devotional.

2-20-16 (16)It’s good to encourage one another in the Lord.

February Birds

We enjoyed a nice variety of birds in February – probably because of a few snow storms.

DSC_5429Female Downy Woodpecker

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DSC_5430Sparrow and Downy Woodpecker

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DSC_5435Female White-breasted Nuthatch

DSC_7080Male White-breasted Nuthatch

DSC_5498Squirrels also enjoyed birdseed.

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DSC_5508House Sparrow and European Starling

DSC_5736Male Hairy Woodpecker

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DSC_5839Mourning Dove

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DSC_5843Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

DSC_5848American Goldfinch in its winter colors

DSC_6449Male Red-bellied Woodpecker

DSC_6459Female Red-bellied Woodpecker

DSC_6453Blue Jay

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DSC_7083Male House Finch

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DSC_8211Female Hairy Woodpecker and Northern Flicker

DSC_8213A windy February day

DSC_8216It was interesting to look back on several cold, mid-February days after enjoying a very warm Tuesday in March.