Dining coots

On our last visit to Reelfoot Lake, we spotted a number of coots swimming close to the water’s edge, foraging for food.  On that day, they were pulling aquatic plants and small fish from the shallow waters.

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”  ~Luciano Pavarotti

Great Blue Herons

We spotted these blue herons standing in the floodwaters of Reelfoot Lake.  Due to excessive rain during the past two months, the lake, which is usually out beyond the tree line, has spilled over its shores.

“Don’t pray for the rain to stop; pray for good luck fishing when the river floods.”  ~Wendell Berry

Cedar waxwings

For the past several days, a small flock of cedar waxwings have been sunning themselves in the bushes in our back yard in the late afternoon.  They seem to want to soak up every bit of sunshine that they can before the sun sets and the temperature drops.

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”  ~Charles Dickens

American robins

A small flock of robins showed up last week to harvest the berries from the holly bushes in my yard.  As the sun began to set, they gathered on the high branches of a nearby tree to soak in the last rays of the day.

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”  ~Tecumseh

Northern Cardinals

When I go out to feed the birds in the morning, I am often stopped in my tracks by the sound of chirps and fluttering wings as cardinals seem to appear out of nowhere and descend on the bushes surrounding our yard.  They know when feeding time is, and ready themselves to claim their share of the bounty.  I’ve come to look forward to their beautiful flashes of red and all the activity that surrounds feeding time!

“Stop.  Look.  Listen.  You are surrounded by countless little blessings but you’ll miss them is you don’t pay attention.”  ~Ruth McPherson