Chickadees and Juncos are plentiful at the feeder this winter – they fight the squirrels for elbow room at the trough. I’ve seen the odd Red-bellied Woodpecker show up amongst the more common Downys, scared away by the ugly, aggressive Starlings – yet the Starlings are skittish when I approach the kitchen window. Many others have shown up in this particularly cold weather: White-breasted Nuthatch, White-throated Sparrow, House Sparrow, House Finch, Northern Cardinal, and Northern Mockingbirds.
As I stand at the kitchen window looking out at the snow-covered drive and rail bed, watching the birds and squirrels attack the feeder and suet, I can’t help but think of the Bible verses Matthew 6:25-34. “…do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself…” Yet listening to the recent news, it is hard not to be anxious about the days ahead. I pray for the people in the conflicting countries, for the journalists trying to cover the stories, and mostly for all those in leadership that they may find peaceful resolutions to the uprisings.