November, the birds were flying in great numbers just outside my Mother's front door.
Birds are fascinating creatures and wonderfully created to travel thousands of miles during their lifetimes.
Each type of bird has a unique purpose in the animal kingdom. They keep the insect population down, brighten our days with their bright colorful plumage and beautiful songs.
Our dad hated starlings but loved the little quails. He wouldn't let anyone hunt the quails on his property.
Starlings, are not particularly attractive to the eye. They are shiny, but in an oily, smarmy way. They are the grave-diggers that people expect to do the dirty work, but would rather that they not meet them on the street.
A Magpie is almost as bad. They like to peck away at the living things like baby calves, sick animals and other birds. The only advantage that they have over a lowly Starling is that they are easy on the eye with shiny black and white markings.
Everyone will agree that the Eagle and the Hawk are the most majestic animals to watch. Everything about them is large and graceful. Because they can see their prey at a great distance, their eyesight is considered sharper than any humans.
The owl is a scary kind of bird. Legends call them wise, but cats and small rodents would call them terrifying. I can remember that we had a wonderfully tall owl that lived in our area growing up. He would stand by the side of the road and wait until a car was almost upon him before flying off. It was always my experience that for about 500 yards, you could have sworn that a small person was trying to hitch a ride.
Of course, you couldn't write a blog without mentioning the supreme role of a vulture. They are the telegraphers of the animal kingdom. They announce the impending death of wild-life by flying in circles.
I could mention the penguins, who really don't fly all that well. They swim quite well and are dedicated parents to their young.
And the wild geese who signal the approach of winter by flying in formation to the warmer climates of the South.
Alfred Hitchcock used the medium of the bird to create a terrifying movie. He certainly knew how to create an endless weekend of fear for Tippi Hendren.
Thousands of birds live side by side in the animal kingdom. They provide the rest of the world with both valuable service or endless irritation.
I am pretty sure that some of us has had the misfortune of the "white" surprise fall on our heads or in some cases, our mouths if we happen to be looking up.
Our world is filled with endless beauty and wonder. And yes, a few pleasant or unpleasant surprises too. But all in all, we are so blessed to continually discover the wonders of God's Creation.
Like ourselves, a bird is fearfully and wonderfully made. Their purpose in life comes by instinct and they are tireless in their flight. During migration, they depend on each other for aerodynamic purposes.
They care for their young and teach them to fly and be independent. Some birds mate for life. The loyalty that they share puts humanity to shame.
I hope that this week, I can emulate a few "birds" that I know. Graceful, Tireless, Loyal and Unselfish.