I love watching bats. I purposely take my daily walk just before sunset and look for the bats as they come out at dusk. They are tiny things flying over my head, and I catch a glimpse of their famously shaped wings. They dip and dive catching bugs while furiously flapping those tiny wings. I try to follow their flight whipping my head back and forth. Seems like a lot of work just to obtain a bug.
Then there are the sweet eating bats. They arrive in August and remain until October. Appearing at night at the same time as our resident bats, they are larger and have the distinct reputation of draining hummingbird feeders at night. The photo above was taken by one of our church members, Joyce Lambert, as a bat visited her feeder.
They come to my feeder as soon as it gets dark. They fly in a circle in the back yard, soaring pass my patio door windows (leaving their residue on the windows), over to the feeder one at a time and then back around to the windows. It is fascinating and a bit disturbing to see them flash by the windows. At times, they attack the feeder so fiercely that this morning I found my hummingbird feeder on the ground 10 feet away. Seems like a lot of work for a sip of nectar.
When I go out in the morning before the sun rises to obtain the empty hummingbird feeder to replenish the nectar, I look up and see Venus shining so bright I almost have to look away. I look another direction and see Mars, sparklingly with a tinge of red. I am filled with peace to start my day, and I say thank you.
Take time my friends to look at what is going on outside your windows. Turn off the news. Step outside and watch the joy of the life out there, of hummingbirds battling for a place at the feeder. Lizards eating the ants. The different songs of all the birds. This Fall, I have a roadrunner who drinks from my birdbath…I have never seen that before. Nature brings us such joy in a time that is so tumultuous. It truly is a gift from God.
P.S. We are opening the sanctuary, Sunday, Oct 11 for a 9:30 worship service!
See Pastor Craig’s email blast from yesterday (Monday) for all the details.
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