Catholic Birder

Birds have had my attention for over 30 years. God for just a few. Before birds were a passion. Now they are a confirmation. Saint Francis of Assisi, patron of birds, pray for us.

November 10, 2005

Veteran's Day Cloverleaf Count

When I last lived in Maryland I used to spend part of each Veteran's Day driving up and down RT 270 following each clover leaf and exit ramp searching for raptors.  From 1991 until 1996 I found anywhere from 10 - 50 hawks, kestrals and vultures in trees fences and wires sourounding or within the entrance points to 270.  What inspired me to do this was a 1989  sighting of a golden eagle pearched on a fencepost atthe entrance to 270 from rt. 70 in Frederick.  Never found another eagle, bald or golden, on Veterans Day.  Tommorow, after a 10 year lapse, I'll begin this tradition anew.

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My little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God, your Creator, and always in every place ought ye to praise Him, for that He hath given you liberty to fly about everywhere, and hath also given you double and triple rainment; moreover He preserved your seed in the ark of Noah, that your race might not perish out of the world; still more are ye beholden to Him for the element of the air which He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink; the mountains and valleys for your refuge and the high trees whereon to make your nests; and because ye know not how to spin or sow, God clotheth you, you and your children; wherefore your Creator loveth you much, seeing that He hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and therefore, my little sisters, beware of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praises unto God. Saint Francis of Assisi - c 1220

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