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April 13, 2020

I am so thankful that my God doesn't live in a building.

Indeed, He Resides in my heart and the heart of all Christians.

Yes, this was a different Holy Week we just experienced, yet we found a way to 'Praise Him'.

He Has Risen.

As I said before,

God is Still on the Throne, and still in control.

Michigan's Governor has declares garden centers and stores as non-essential during this pandemic, and has ordered them closed.

Gov. Whitmer, must not be a gardener of any sort.

If she were, she would know gardening is very essential for all of us.

Not just garden centers that rely on people for business, but for you and me that have the need to get dirty.

We need to plant, grow, nurture, and harvest.

Not only is it therapy, it is in our DNA.

What say Mrs. Governor, cancel this ban.

So this week, I will share a few pictures.

A Christmas cactus doing an encore for Easter.

The Gardenia in bloom (much of the winter).

Mamma deer was MIA for a few weeks, has returned.

I'm not so happy now as she is grazing on many of my flowering plants as they emerge.

Sophie is being Sophie.

Any box or bag and she will find it and investigate.

Always good for a smile.

Also are a couple pictures of some birds, and April moon.

An early season butterfly.

And check out this vertical Chickadee hole.

I noticed this, this past week in the woods.

A chickadee was busy.

It patiently waited for me as I snapped a couple of pictures.

The light colored stuff is saw dust.

I must say, I have never seen a vertical hole to the nest.

I'm standing over the hole/dead tree.

I adore Chickadees.

Be sure to read this week's positive thought from Isaiah.

Continue to pray for your country, and your leaders.

Pray for your communities and this world.

God is in control, even though earth is the devil's playground (Adam and Eve gave him that right).

The birds are happy as they go about their daily routines.

There aren't as many birds hanging around in the yard.

Yet the chorus of songs soothes the soul.

The Blue heron is back visiting the pond once again.

The juncos are still hanging around and more purple finches have joined the crowd.

Sometimes I see one of the resident Great-horned owls flying stealthily overhead. 

Robins are busy snagging worms and some are building nests.

Many of the male goldfinches are close to full molt while others are still a patch work in progress.

Yep, the weather doesn't slow down some birds.

Now other birds like hummers, the cold will slow them down.

Hummers need food and some warmth. Survival dictates to stay put even when some urges say to move on.

Insect eating birds like Purple martins die off in masses when cold snaps happen.

When temperatures get too cold, some eggs may be lost if the parents aren't sitting.

There isn't anything we really can do to help or prevent egg loss.

Parent birds will desert a nest and start over if eggs are lost.

If we interfere, they usually leave the nest and start over elsewhere.

In nature, it is often survival of the fittest and as cruel as it sounds, things happen.

To The Garden:

Hardy blooms like daffodils and tulips rebound nice after the cold.

Bloomers like Magnolias are hit and that's it.

Frost and freeze may have killed off some early growth on your plants but they too will rebound, just give them a couple of extra weeks.

In some locations, frost kill will happen again.

The concern may be in berry and fruit producing to some shrubs and trees.

If they were in bloom or buds were swollen, the cold very well may have killed off much of this seasons potential fruits.

That is a concern for farmers and for us birding types.

The Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus), is a member of the plover family.

Plovers are typically shore birds yet Killdeer are often found far from water.

You may see them on golf courses, near air ports, farmers fields, gardens, and even walking around in parking lots.Farms and gardens.98% to 100% of a Killdeer's diet consists of slugs, snails, worms and insects.

Rarely will they eat seeds.

Farmers welcome these adorable and sometimes comical birds as they consume large amounts of insects that are harmful to crops.

You can imagine why they would have a difficult time when the ground is covered with several inches of snow.

Killdeer nest on the ground in open fields, gravel areas gardens etc.

The lay 3 to 4 light brown eggs with darker brown spots.

As a kid, it was comical to play the killdeer game when they would try to lure me away from a nest.

This ploy is used on predators.

When nesting in a pasture Killdeers use a different ploy as they fluff up, raise their tales and spread their wings and charge the cow or other farm animal that is near a nest.

Like all shore birds, Killdeer babies are off and running as soon as they have hatched and dried off.

Baby down is very similar in markings as the adult birds.

Yep, miniature versions of the adults (long legs included).

Killdeer are found and breed throughout all of North America below the arctic circle.

They are very adaptable to habitat from rural grounds to gravel roof tops of city buildings.

A shore bird that does quite well miles from water.

Some of nature can adapt with humans.

Now humans need to adapt to nature.Nature and humans?

Why not?

Appreciation and respect for all of God's creatures.

Well, it is time to fly for now.Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

Read it carefully.

God Bless.

"So do not fear, for I am with you;do not be dismayed, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you;I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Isaiah 41:10

Read this carefully.

Think on this.

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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