North Highland United Methodist Church
Monday, May 17, 2021
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

June 2014

 Bird Feeder Notes
A couple of years ago my parsonage came with a nicely secluded backyard, lots of trees and a fair number of birds. It seemed like a logical time to invest in a bird feeder and seed. It didn’t take long before there were chickadees, wrens, tanagers, pretty red house finches and more ,gathering together. Small birds fed from the feeder and larger birds from what fell on the ground. It seemed such a peaceable little kingdom I was growing! But alas, a flock of blackbirds scared the others away. I needed to read advice on dealing with them. It was obvious that I enjoyed this new hobby even more than expected and soon I had several feeders. I also discovered the most popular feed. It wasn’t the cheapest—but it was what drew the most birds.
One day a cardinal pair showed up—so exciting—and then they came back! They did have an air about them that said they were special, and I watched the other birds step aside when they came to eat. I was thrilled when the blue jay showed up—and to my surprise it was a cranky type too! The others more or less got pushed away from the feeder for a bit. Though beautiful, it seemed awfully rude, thinking only of its own needs.
Learning notes: birds will come if there is good food. More will come if there is water. Different birds prefer various types of feeders. Squirrels are cute but may scare the birds away, and might mess things up if you don’t find alternatives for them. Pretty yellow finches will come when you take the time to adapt to their specific needs. Humming birds like yellow and red flowers and will quietly come to a nectar feeder. Birds sing their greatest praises in the early morning, so if you are going for a yard full of birds, expect to adjust your sleep schedule. Take your feeders with you if you move, and eventually birds, and of course squirrels, will find you.
Do you see any analogies to church life? I do...such as, there are various likes and dislikes; some have specific needs and habits; some are a little crabby; some get along with everyone; some come when we figure out what draws them or what they prefer to eat; some sing loudly, some sing sweetly but together they make a joyful noise. How might our church attract and feed many varieties and needs—the birds who already know of this yard and those who have yet to come by and experience the diversity and joyful noise?
Look around you: Winter is over; the winter rains are over, gone!
Spring flowers are in blossom all over. The whole world’s a choir—and singing!
Spring warblers are filling the forest with sweet arpeggios.
Song of Solomon 2:11-12 (The Message)
Blessings for a wonderful summer,
Pastor Lou