The team took a brief hiatus from blogging but not from birding, sports, and worship. During this time we have experienced: March Madness, Easter, and Migration (we missed a lot more but these are the highlights)
Here’s a quick summary: Most of us had Kansas going all the way and the one who didn’t had Georgetown. Most of us have no one left but a few still have Louisville. No one has Louisville winning it all but we stopped paying attention after the Sweet 16.
On Easter Sunday we had a morning sermon, breakfast potluck, Sunday school, and finished the day off with an Easter musical. All went well as we celebrated our Savior’s victory over the grave. Here’s are a few parting verses:
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
1 Corinthians 15:50-57
50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[h]
55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”[i]
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
These verses were taken from biblegateway.com
We’ve been blessed with a lot of good early migrants here in Arkansas. When I say migrants I mean long distance migrating birds, including summer residents and migrants passing through the state. This is how we will define migration for several birds may make daily migrations and some birds make seasonal migrations but stay in the state (Red-headed Woodpecker for example). We have already found around 20 migrants (the date listed is the first date these were seen, many have been seen multiple times but just the arrival date is listed. Whether the bird is a resident or just migrant is noted as well):
- Blue-winged Teal 3/13 M (May breed in NW Arkansas)
- American Golden Plover 3/19 M
- Greater Yellowlegs 3/19 M (Has been known to winter in souther 1/3 of Arkansas)
- Solitary Sandpiper 3/29 M
- Pectoral Sandpiper 3/6 M
- Chimney Swift 4/1 R
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3/31 R
- Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 3/25 R
- White-eyed Vireo 4/1 R
- Yellow-throated Vireo 3/30 R
- Barn Swallow 3/29 R
- Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3/19 R
- Tree Swallow 3/6 R
- Purple Martin 3/23 R
- Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3/28 R
- Northern Parula 3/28 R
- Yellow-throated Warbler 3/28 R
- Black-and-white Warbler 3/16 R
- Louisiana Waterthrush 4/1 R
- Hooded Warbler 3/30 R