Matthew’s Birds

So summer in Kansas means sweet corn, of course! The kiddos and I braved the 95+ heat the other day to go pick some. I said we were only going to pick half a dozen ears or so, since it tends to go bad rather quickly. Or so I thought! We picked, like, 2 dozen, ha ha. And this corn that we’ve picked here in the picture has lasted about 10 days in the fridge (just getting around now to posting, sorry!). We just shucked it and put it in plastic bags and it’s kept beautifully in the fridge. We just finished the last of it yesterday!

While we were picking I saw a little bundle of straw on top of a corn stalk.

Upon closer examination, it wasn’t a bundle of straw at all, but the most precarious nest I’ve ever seen! WITH BABY BIRDS INSIDE! OMIGAWSH!!!

Look at them! Some of the baby birdies had hatched, some hadn’t. The eggs were tiny, about the size of a fingertip. The birds were absolutely tiny too! After a little superofficial internet research, I think I’ve figured out that this is a species of weaver bird, judging from the nest. But then I also read that weaver birds only live in Africa  and Australia and India, so I’m stumped! Do you know what type of bird this is? I just had no idea little birds could survive in such a precarious position, but there they were, swaying in the breeze, waiting for mama to come home.

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life. What you will eat or what you will drink or what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:25

Special thanks to Chase and MarieClicksPhotography for the beautiful images!

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