Enjoying God’s creation

Abigail spotted this red headed bird yesterday in one of our trees. After looking in her bird guide, we think it is a Red-breasted sapsucker! They are only found in the western part of North America as far south as California. It was really cute with it’s red head!

A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to attend a class on ways to attract birds to your yard. It was a wonderful class and we had a really enjoyable time! I thought I would share a few things that we learned to help make your yard more bird friendly!

Add more plants as a high plant diversity equals more bird species

Choose native plants when you can

Layering the plants will attract a greater variety of birds; It is best if you have tall trees, medium height trees and shrubs/bushes

Use no pesticides if possible

Add or keep snags

Add a brush pile to help birds get away from cats

Add water sources ~ they especially are attracted to moving water

We are having such a fun time looking for new birds to enjoy and hope to work around our property to make it more of a haven for them! I am finding that bird watching is such a simple pleasure that we can enjoy right here at home! We bought Abigail a small hummingbird feeder of her own for her birthday and she had her first hummingbird visit it today! It seems that one of the most common backyard birds for our area is the Dark-eyed Junco. I don’t know if I have ever seen one before so I will have to be on the lookout! Do you have any birds that are native to your area that you enjoy watching?

I hope you are enjoying a delightful day filled with simple pleasures and blessings!

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6 thoughts on “Enjoying God’s creation

  1. Good Evening Sharon ~

    I enjoyed your post about your birds that are visiting your
    yard. We have several that we really enjoy watching. We
    have hummingbirds ~ but usually we have the most of
    them during August, September and October. We have a
    very few in the spring. We have a pair of mourning doves
    that are really pretty. They are bigger than most and they
    are almost white. We have our pair of wrens that are in
    our little wren house and they are so cute and we love to
    watch them. They keep so busy. We have several pair
    of cardinals and they are very pretty. We have chickadees,
    tufted titmice and nuthatches. All are so fun to watch.

    You wanted to know which of Emilie Barnes books that I
    enjoyed the most. I really like them all. But to name a few:
    “Fill My Cup, Lord”
    “My Cup Overflows”
    “A Cup of Hope”
    “Emilie’s Creative Home Organizer”
    “The 15 Minute Meal Planner”
    “Minute Meditations for Women”
    “15 Minutes of Peace with God”
    “15 Minutes Alone with God”
    “Help Me Trust You, Lord”
    I also have two books that are written by Bob Barnes
    ~ Emilie’s husband ~
    “Your Husband Your Friend”
    “What Makes a Man Feel Loved”
    I think you would enjoy all of these.

    I hope you and your family have a nice 4th of July. Our son
    and “daughter” will be here most of the day tomorrow. We
    will have breakfast and lunch and just spend our day
    together. In the evening, we have a nice fireworks
    celebration in our town and we will probably go to that.

    Thank you for sharing all of the good information that you
    learned at the class that you went to.

    Well it is getting late so better close.

    Good Night ~
    Teri

  2. Dear Teri,

    Good morning to you and Happy 4th of July! It sounds like you will have a lovely day with your family. We don’t have any special plans for the day ~ we are planning to be at home ~which is nice. The weather forecast says cloudy with a chance of showers.

    It looks like you have quite a few birds there to enjoy. I will have to check out the ones you mentioned in the bird book! I am so surprised at the number of hummingbirds that we have here. I really enjoy them because I can see them so well from my kitchen sink. They are so cute!

    You have quite a collection of books by Emilie Barnes! I will have to see if the library has some of them as I’m sure I would enjoy them! Thank you so much for sharing the titles with me!

    I hope you have a lovely and blessed day ~ thank you for being such a sweet friend!

    Hugs,

    Sharon

  3. Dear Sharon,
    What a delightful post! The picture of the sap sucker is just beautiful! I am so glad you and Abigail are enjoying bird watching. It is such a joy to see all the beautiful birds God created, and to make your very own yard a haven for them. We have two bird baths, lots of feeders, bird houses, flowers in our gardens, and trees. The Lord has blessed us with a wonderful spot in the country! The birds love it here as we do! Our whole garden is organic, we do not use any pesticides at all. I am glad to hear that more people are recommending that. No only is it good for the sweet birds, but it is good for us and our dear families! We see birds in our vegetable garden eating bugs everyday! They are sweet garden friends!

    We have Dark-eyed Juncos here in the winter. They are so pretty! Just about everyday we see Carolina Wrens, Northern Cardinals, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Blue Jay, Red-bellied woodpecker, Red-headed woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee and I may be forgetting some! These birds stay here year round, then in winter we see so many other pretty song birds that migrate to the south. Oh, it is so exciting to watch birds, isn’t it? Yesterday, Justin saw an Indigo Bunting and I was able to see it before it flew away. It was such a bright and pretty blue!

    I am glad Abigail is enjoying bird watching too, and has her own Hummingbird feeder. Please tell her I am so delighted that she is taking such a interest in Nature Journaling! You are such an encouragement to her!!!! This is such a wonderful thing to enjoy together.

    May the Lord bless you and your yard with lots of pretty birds to watch!
    Paula

  4. Dear Paula,

    Our friend, the Red-breasted sapsucker, has been visiting us regularly now. It is so enjoyable to watch the birds. It is something that we never did much of before and we are having such a delightful time. God’s creation is so amazing and beautiful and it brings such simple enjoyment to one’s day!

    I so agree with you about having an organic garden! It is so much better for all of us and also for the birds!

    Thank you so much for sharing about all the birds that you enjoy at your home. It definitely is a blessing to learn from you in this area!

    I hope you have a blessed Sunday,

    Sharon

  5. Dear Sharon,

    I am so glad the Red-breasted sapsucker has been visiting you regularly! What a blessing! We always thank the Lord for the birds He brings to our yard. I see it as a gift from Him to brighten our day and cheer our hearts! You are right, it is so enjoyable to watch the birds, it helps us to slow down and appreciate God’s beautiful creation.

    I am glad you garden organically too! Our whole 1/3 acre is organic. We do not put anything on the grass either. When my husband and son mow they leave the cut grass on the lawn to naturally feed it.

    We hope, one day, to have more garden than yard!!!

    Thank you for sharing, you are a blessing to me, and I learn so much from you!!!
    Blessings,
    Paula

  6. Dear Paula,

    The birds really do brighten our day and cheer our hearts! I just love listening to them sing so much!

    Our property is just under 1/3 of an acre and we also leave the cut grass on the lawn! It is not a picture perfect lawn by any means but we want it to be as safe as possible for our family!
    We feel the same way as you do ~ we also would like to have more garden than yard some day!

    Blessings to you!

    Sharon

    P.S. I was looking the birds up on-line that you have there at your home! Such beautiful birds that God has given you to enjoy!

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