Something happens every year right here on my little piece of property in northern Indiana between February 20-24. I’ve kept track of it for over 25 years in a row, and only once did it happen on the 19th, and once as late as the 26th. What is the event?
It’s the return of the Red-Winged Blackbird! Okay…..if you’re not a HUGE fan of spring—and love to explore and study nature like I do…..you’re probably thinking—big deal! But to me, it is a big deal! Every year, this particular species of bird returns to its nesting ground to begin its ‘year’.
I heard that first lone male ‘calling out’ on the morning of February 21. I just couldn’t help but smile and say “welcome back!” The males will all get here first and establish their own nesting territory before the females arrive a few weeks later.
The Red-Winged Blackbirds are extremely territorial! You can already hear them “calling out” to one another—and the call repeats every few hundred yards from bird-to-bird, on down the banks of the stream, until you can’t hear them anymore….. I used to think they were talking to each other like: “hi how ya doin!” But, it’s actually more like: “this is my turf and you better keep out!”
If you get too close to one of their active nests—you just might have an up-close and personal encounter with a Red-Winged Blackbird! But aside from being a true harbinger of spring, I’m always amazed at how even this one, small part of nature, is a simple and constant reminder to me of God.
”Look at the birds! They don’t worry about what to eat-they don’t need to sow or reap or store up food-for your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are.” Matthew 6:26 TLB
It seems like the more I enjoy and learn about nature, I realize all of nature points to The God who created everything. The structure, the order and repeatability of everything—from the change in seasons, to the return in spring of the birds, is a constant reminder that God is in control!
Let’s enjoy what God has created for us!
Till Next Time…..