Sunday, December 5, 2010

Why Birds?

Fox Sparrow... two of these GORGEOUS sparrows showed up in my backyard this past weekend. Who could not feel a connection to this bird? If only for a second.


It goes without saying that life has its ups and downs. I personally don’t know anyone who has gone through life without at least a few occasions of frustration, hurt, or disappointment. In fact, most people I know have unfortunately had more than just a few points of unhappiness. I for one have had more than I could ever care to try and recall. From tragic events, death, sudden losses of friendships and just days where hurt and confusion run so deep that life feels all but almost over. Life is great, but sometimes, life hurts.

As I look back over the years, I can’t help but wonder sometimes, what has kept me going? What prevents me from falling into a rut so deep that I can’t get out? Where do I go and where can I turn when things aren’t moving in my direction? What brings me back into the world of reality?

Naturally, like most people, I have my family and a few good friends that are always willing to help me when I’m in a troubled state of mind. Unfortunately though, sometimes, this doesn’t work. This is where the birds come in. Yes, selfishly, I sometimes use birds for personal gain.

It’s only been recently that I’ve realized why I have been so eager to get to such places as Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, and Florida, etc. to see the creatures I love so much. I’m going because these creatures, the birds, mean something to me. Just like a stranger is able to wash away a problem with nothing more than a smile or the way that one of my children can make me feel like the most important person on earth just by saying the words “daddy” – birds take me away. Their beauty, their song, their simple presence can all be compared to that of the presence of God. I believe that they are MY connection to God – the line that he has given me to “let it go”.

So, while I know that there are many people out there that may laugh at me, talk about me, or disregard my passion for birds as a complete and ignorant waste of time, I personally don’t care. Sometimes life hurts and when it does I need my connection to something greater than me – I need my birds!

Carolina Wren... I took this picture this past summer. I remember spending a good deal of time trying to get this bird out in the open enough to get the picture. It never stopped singing.


Kelly said...

...beautiful post. I certainly understand your connection to the birds. I have it too. I bet most of those in the Nature Blog Network can identify also. You were lucky to have the Fox Sparrow visit your for a few days. I've only had one visit my yard twice--once for 3 days and year later for 2 days. He was just passing through--he was gorgeous! Hope all is well and you are feeling better soon.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful shots, birds and a great post. I love the Fox Sparrow, it is a gorgeous bird.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh how I HEAR YOU, Chad... I was never a 'birder' --and still don't know too much about many different birds. BUT--once I started my backyard bird feeders (about 2-3 yrs. ago), I am totally in agreement with how you feel. Those little birds bring me more joy than most anything else in life...

IF you get a chance to visit Florida and other birding areas, then DO IT.... Don't apologize. We all need to do what makes us the happiest...

I am doing a bird blog on Tuesday.
Have a great weekend.

Chad said...

Thanks Kelly,Eileen, and Betsy... This Fox Sparrow is not doubt one of the most awesome birds that has ever visited my feeders!

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