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 14, 2005

Violettes Lock on Saturday

Late in posting a report from the weekend. I didn't get to resume my Veteran's Day Rt 270 raptor count. Too many errands to run that day. Took Sandi and the boys to Violette's Lock on Saturday morning to search for the neotropic cormorant that has been feeding in the Potomac lately. No sign of it but we did see two common loons, two horned grebes, several hairys, a downy, a flicker, a sapsucker, a creeper, white throated sparrows, juncos, lots of cardinals and both carolinas (wren and chickadee). Michael is getting very good at holding the binocular steady and was able to view two woodpeckers in one field view - "they're going up the tree" - and the loons diving in another field view - "they're going under the water." He also came upon some sparrows and found them in the glasses and told Sandi, "look at the sparrows mom." Liam didn't have binoculars but was very enthusiastic when he heard chickadees and knew what they were. Gabe picked walnuts and leaves and David quietly used his binoculars to look up and down the toe path.

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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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