Friday, February 17, 2017

Escaping "The Snare of the Fowler"!

What is a "Fowler"?
According to the simplest web definition that I found,
a "Fowler" is a "hunter of birds".

So, after looking up many definitions,
it seems that a "hunter of birds" can be a human,
...or even another bird...

...such as the hawk that appeared 
at my bird feeders this morning!
I was enjoying watching the birds while sipping on a cup of coffee...

The finch family are always welcome...

...Not so much the starlings,

...or the grackles...

But the mockingbird usually chases them away for me.

I always enjoy seeing the yellow bellied sapsucker...

...Although sometimes I wonder if he's killing my peach tree
with all the little holes he's making in it!

I love the flashes of bright blue from the jays...

...And the cardinals are always a pleasure to watch.

This morning I even had a Northern Flicker...

Here he is showing off his black crest...
Well, actually, I think this is a "she"!

But this morning there was a quick scattering of all the birds
when this fellow arrived.  I actually saw him fly after some of
the smaller birds trying to catch them to devour them for his breakfast!

He boldly sat in my cherry tree,
and even appeared to be staring at me
as I sat in the window watching!

This is what started me thinking about
"The Snare of the Fowler"
that is mentioned in Psalm 91:3:
"Surely He shall deliver you
from the snare of the fowler,
And from the perilous pestilence"

Well, this "FOWLER" soon flew away when he was unsuccessful,
and  this is all I caught as he left - a view of his tail feathers.

 Isn't that the way it goes?
If we are diligent and keep watch,
the old "fowler", the devil,
will leave us alone and go on to some other prey.
James said to "RESIST HIM",
and that he would flee from us.

In looking up things on the "FOWLER",
I came across a wonderful sermon by Charles Spurgeon on this subject.
If you have time to take a look at it, I'm sure it will be a blessing to you.
You can find it by clicking HERE!  


Ruth Hiebert said...

I enjoyed seeing the varied of birds that visit your feeder.

R Abbott said...

Thank you Esther, for sharing your birding photos and thoughts on the Fowler. I have been struggling with the idea of removing Facebook from my phone because it does tend to be a time-waster. But then again I receive so many blessings from thoughts shared by my friends. Your post this morning definitely falls in the latter category. Thanks again

Debby Graber said...

A post after my own heart! I love watching birds and we have seen several cooper hawks - "fowlers" - take down the little birds, sadly.

Jedidja said...

Thank you so much for the lesoon in it!!! But I also love your birds. They are so cute.