“If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes.” Charles LindberghI live in a veritable bird paradise, and dozens of colorful birds come to my feeder. Our home (lovingly referred to as Tanglewood Cottage) is in a woods, so we attract many song birds and woodpeckers. Thankfully, my window also overlooks a little lake,
so we’re blessed with many different types of waterfowl too,and we enjoy watching the yearly progression in the lives of “our birds.” Being a grandma with a passion for learning and sharing, I thought writing a series about birds might be a fun way to connect with nature lovers young & old. This Thursday’s bird post is on the “Rose-breasted Grosbeak,” and at first sight, the females look like some type of big song sparrow, but they’re not!They do look similar, but a grosbeak is about 2 inches longer than a sparrow. The male grosbeak looks very similar to the female in size, head and beak shape, but he has such different coloring—with his striking black and white feathers— that it’s almost hard to imagine they’re a pair. Don’t they look different?!Mr. Grosbeak also has a very special secret…something you can’t tell from afar. It’s not something you’ll ever discover by observing him from behind…or even if you’re perched right beside him! You have to look straight at him—right into his eyes—to know his secret: He has a huge heart!So, if you ever see a bird with a big, red heart on his chest, you’ll know he’s a “rose-breasted grosbeak.” Isn’t he a handsome bird? Although Mr. Rose-breasted Grosbeak chirps while eating seeds at our feeder, he has a melodious, warbling song that’s been likened to that of a robin who’s had singing lessons! A handsome, big-hearted singer. What a heart throb!Besides all that, he’s a good family man; he even sings while sitting on the nest!Mr. Rose-breasted Grosbeak is also a very considerate husband, and he’ll quickly defer to his wife, gathering seeds on the ground while she perches on the feeder. However, it’s not because he’s antisocial! Mr. and Mrs. Grosbeak are good friends with all their neighbors.They’re very peaceable, and they’re not afraid of anybody…not even me! Who wouldn’t love to have a friend (or husband) like that?…handsome but still devoted to his less gorgeous wife, cheerful, helpful, self-sacrificing, sociable, and peaceable. Come to think of it, who wouldn’t like to have a wife like that? Maybe I can learn a few lessons from the birds too! 🙂 At any rate, I’m always thrilled to see Mr. and Mrs. Rose-breaked Grosbeak arrive in the spring, and I miss them when they leave for Central/South America in the fall. If you live in the northeastern part of America, I hope you’ll be able to enjoy some of these perky birds too and will feel inspired by knowing that they’re not only big-hearted on the outside, they have big hearts on the inside too!
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25).