Every now and then, I’ll have someone ask me how I get so many birds to come to my backyard. Well, most of the answers are obvious: a plentiful supply of food, a source of fresh water, places to perch, and some safe shelter. But there is one other ingredient that’s a bit more unusual…I pray.
Now, please don’t quickly deem me a religious weirdo and hit the unfollow button! I can’t fully deny the second adjective, but I really wouldn’t call myself “religious” – the word in our culture carries too many connotations of rigid rules and regulations. Honestly, I just genuinely love God and can’t get over the fact that He loves me too. I talk to Him about everything (not exaggerating there!) so, it is natural for me, when I head out with the camera, to ask Him to send me some birds.
That’s what I did this morning, and look who showed up.
This stunning Yellow-bellied Sapsucker gave the Bark Butter a glance…
…and then gave it a sample.
Pretty sure he (you can tell it’s a male by the red throat) liked it since he wasn’t in any hurry to leave. The only reason he flew off was because a Pine Warbler scared him away!
I wish I could have gotten an angle with better background lighting. If I were tech savvy, I could go in and make edits, but I’m not that clever. And honestly, I like taking pictures more than I like making pictures.
Perhaps I’ll pray that next time he shows up he lands where I can get a better shot!
By the way, I know there are voices in society that would say otherwise, but even if you find my faith foolish and don’t share the same views, we can still be friends! And (I say this with sincerity), if you ever need someone to pray for you, I’d be happy to.