Day 27: Beauty in a broken world

You may have noticed a lack of songbirds in my posts this month. I’m not sure why that happened, as our feeders continue to bring joy and delight as songbirds visit. We haven’t noticed any new migrating visitors for spring yet, but here’s a Tufted Titmouse that wintered with us.

A Tufted Titmouse waits its turn at the feeder.

Birding has seen renewed interest during the pandemic, likely because birdwatching offers a respite from Zoom calls and staring at the same four walls all day, and helps us see beauty even in these difficult days. Have you been watching birds from your home more often than before?

Join me in the hunt for beauty?
Where do you see beauty in a broken world? There’s still time to add your own images during what’s left in the 31-day journey. Please feel free to comment below with your Instagram handle, and tag your Insta posts with #beautyinabrokenworld. You’ll find me there @pixofhope.


The flowers have already appeared in the land;
The time has arrived for pruning the vines,
And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.
— Song of Solomon 2:12

Is it any wonder that a woman who loves trees so much should eventually turn her attention to the birds living and dancing and nesting among those trees?

The last few weeks have brought early signs of spring and a stunning array of birds to the river, including what I believe is a Golden Eagle. I’ve spent countless hours out along the river banks taking photographs and trying to see the eagle again.


The one time I saw the eagle up close, I had no camera or phone with me. Probably Murphy’s Law in action. When I have brought my camera with me, the eagle is either in hiding or perched across the river, too far for a good, clear photograph.

I’m no birding expert, but I have started learning the names and characteristics of an increasing number of birds. I thought you might like to come along on a virtual field trip with me to see a few of my favorites.

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