Lord of Birds, please make me a better birder.
Where there are birds, let me find them,
Where there is birdsong, let me hear it,
Where there is a nest, let me shield it,
Where birds are hungry, let me feed them,
Where they are in danger, let me protect them.
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O Maker of Feathers, please grant that I may be
Fleeter of foot to find birds without flushing them,
Keener of ear to hear their heavenly music,
Sharper of eye to see all their beauty,
Astuter of perception to understand nature’s wonderful ways.
For it is through birds that we grasp nature’s miracles,
It is through birds that we discover a meaning of life,
And it is through birds that we find hope for the future.
Freely and shamelessly based on the Peace Prayer by St. Francis.
All bird photos were taken in Colorado Springs in January and February 2020, except for the Greater Yellowlegs, which was photographed in Pueblo, where it seems to have overwintered, rather than farther south. The topmost photo shows a White-breasted Nuthatch (Carolinakleiber).