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Calling all bird lovers

April 12, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

Build it and they will come. If you love the birds, build a platform on your kitchen window or somewhere you can watch. Ours is a piece of plywood 36" by 18" with a bird house on it so they can get out of the rain and snow. I can open the kitchen window to clean or re-stock. The blue jays, indigo buntings, goldfinches, sparrows, redpoll, doves, purple finches, nuthatches, chickadees, pine grosbeak, juncos and woodpeckers come right up to the window to eat. They come and go at the same time every year. Our place is so busy sometimes we need stop lights. Many stay for the winter but some fly to Florida or South America.

To attract these finches, you need finch food not ordinary bird seed. The more you watch these exquisite birds all dressed up in their unique combinations of colors, the more you will see the wonder of creation.

One day I was peeling oranges for breakfast when a little voice said to me, "Why don't you put one of those oranges out on your feeder?" I stopped and thought for a second and replied, "And what are my chances of getting a Baltimore oriole? Zip." So I didn't. Big mistake to ignore the Holy Spirit's prompting. About 10 minutes later a Baltimore oriole landed on the feeder. Shock doesn't describe the moment. We were awe struck. When he flew to the tree, I quickly slipped a half of an orange out. He brought his mate and together they tore into three oranges over the next few days. Then they left and never came back. We had never seen one before.

The more I think about this, the more complex it becomes. The Holy Spirit knew that bird was coming. It boggles the mind.

For the life of me, I can't figure out how these birds came from an ape, swam in the sea, or just evolved. Amazing.

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Job 12:7-10 But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.





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