God's Rhythms of Creation

There are two loops by the mouth of Forty Mile Creek, down by the Lake, and there is a board walk and wooden walk bridge over the creek, in the middle of the loop. Boots are needed to complete the two loops because the highwater level of Lake Ontario is covering a portion of the path. There seems to be an air current that swoops down from the escarpment making it convenient for birds to land down into the lush wooded banks. Migrating birds will often fly at night and when it rains, they will drop to the ground and wait out the storm and dry for a day or two. We’ve had a lot of rain this month of May, bringing lots of moisture and also, many kinds of birds. The timing of it all is mind boggling; like salmon coming in from the ocean, or bees coming in to pollinate the orchard, the songbirds return in all their colorful splendor. Radiant orange Oriole; florescent dark blue headed grackles; bright yellow finches; blood red summer tanager; and aggressive blue jays, join the spring calls of mating. Black and white warblers, black throated greens and black throated blues, each sing their song. Northern Parulas, and Nashville’s, Magnolia’s and Wilsons, Pine Warblers and Palms, Yellow Warblers and American Red Starts, all have their distinctions of color and sound. The Blackburnian, Chestnut sided, and Canada Warbler, the Yellow Rumped and Hooded Warbler have all come through. You may have put out your hummingbird feeder and attracted a ruby throated or found a rose breasted grosbeak at your feeder. Stores have run out of grape jelly from people attracting Baltimore Orioles. And they’ve all come through. Some call this region home, while others fly over the great lakes into forests of the North, each building nests to reproduce more. They came this year again, revealing God’s splendor and care, with Robins and Cardinals singing his praises before the coming of the dawn. Along with the rains come moments of pause, inviting us to witness God’s rhythms of creation, of which we are part, making all things new. It’s called gospel and good news, with birds doing their part. Pastor Sid

Karin Terpstra