Nature & Birds

Bald Eagle out our Window

by Steve Ray on April 15, 2013

Last week we were sitting in our bedroom. I was writing and working on e-mails. My wife let out a surprised shout, “Look, a bald Eagle!” I jumped up and tripped over the chair in our room.

The eagle was a mature one with bright white head and tail. He sat in our tree for a few moments and then flew away, waving good-bye with his white tail feathers.

Sorry it is not a better picture. My son snapped it with his iphone.

All the grandkids got a chance to see him. A few moments later eight deer walked casually through the field behind us. It was an exciting day.



Jesse is in Florida on a short vacation with his wife Anna and their six delightful children (our grandchildren). He writes:

We stopped at a well attended visitor spot here in the Everglades. Just behind our van was a big pond. I checked it out and saw no danger, but I stayed close to the kids as the watched the tiny fish in the water and ate their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. 

 After a few minutes I saw this guy coming over from the the opposite side of the pond, I had my iPhone handy and glad I did, because this guy came right up to inquire about out little kids:


Found these Tracks While Walking Recently

by Steve Ray on January 9, 2011

img_0408Don’t know about where you live — but here in Ann Arbor Michigan it is cold! But Janet and I don’t mind and we’ve been walking to keep in shape and enjoy the outdoors. It snowed last night so it was fun looking at all the track little creatures left in the fresh powdery snow, some as big as deer.

The tracks to the right intrigued us since they started from nowhere and had a fan pattern to the left.

We immediately thought of angel patterns our grandkids make in the snow by laying on their backs in the snow and waving their arms and legs back and forth. We finally figured out what made these tracks.

Have any guesses?

UPDATE: I am now a bit confused myself now. At the time I thought the tracks were left by a crow since the size somewhat fit and there were lots of crows in the trees nearby. However, the next day we were walking through the same area and saw a flock of 24 wild turkeys in the field. They had walked all the way across the road at the same place the tracks were seen the day before and when they saw us they all took to the air. So, what I thought was a crow, might now have been a turkey. Mystery continues.

img_0402(Picture to the left is our back yard.)

By the way, the word snow, or variations such as snowy, are used 27 times in the Catholic NAB translation of the Bible. Usually snow is used to exemplify something very clean and pure.

But my favorite, especially since I was out looking at animal tracks in the snow, is this one referring to one of King David’s Mighty Men: “1 Chronicles 11:22  Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, a valiant man of mighty deeds, from Kabzeel. He killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab, and also, on a snowy day, he went down and killed the lion in the cistern.”

Another favorite was this one, especially after praying as we walked along in the pristine snow kicking the fresh snow ahead of us on the path. Daniel. 3:70  “Ice and snow, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.”


Persied Showers

August 13, 2010

Janet and I (crazies) laying out in the driveway at 4 AM watching the Perseid Meteor Shower. This year we only saw one but last year a whole bunch way up north where there was no ambient light. Jupiter was very visible and so was the Milky Way. We didn’t stay out long because of [...]

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Real Kangaroos!

July 2, 2010

Driving 3.5 hours from Sydney south to Canberra. Just saw a “troop” of kangaroos bouncing across a field. God blessed us! How cool! Real kangaroos and they were big ones!

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Great Day with the Grandkids

June 22, 2010

Today they were all here and we jumped on the golf cart (the six that can hang on by themselves) and off we went through the country roads for an adventure. In the picture you can see Dominic holding the snake we caught. He was the Keeper of the Snake. Damian was the noble “Keeper [...]

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Living the Bible :-) Steve Eats a Grasshopper

November 21, 2009

We are here at Qumran, the Dead Sea and the place where John the Baptist baptized. John the Baptist ate grasshoppers here (Matthew 3:4). Did Jesus eat them? Why not? It was clean food for the Jews specifically mentioned in the Bible. Leviticus 11:22 says they are “clean” and can be eaten. I promised the [...]

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Am I Sick? Naw, I Don’t Think So

October 14, 2009

The lady at the pet store told me I was a sick individual. I didn’t think so, but then again I am biased and think I’m OK – and my wife tends to agree with me. The whole thing started because of a small hobby of mine. When I was a little boy my dad bought [...]

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Did God Send the Tornado?

August 26, 2009

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Meteors Flying through the Sky

August 12, 2009

Tonight Janet and I we will be driving far into the country up North in Michigan to watch the Perseid Showers tonight. the farther we get from city lights, the more we’ll see the show. The highlight is August 12th. The best viewing will be right after midnight in the NE sky (in Michigan). A [...]

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Updated List of Birds & Animals I’ve Seen around our House

June 28, 2009

I have always loved watching birds and discovering every sort of animal and creature. Ove the last few years I’ve kept a list of all the birds and other critters I’ve seen. Many of them I encounter on my runs in the morning. Here is the list for those who might be interested.

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The Eagle & the Noisy Crows — Thoughts on Dr. Beckwith and his Critics

November 14, 2007

Steve Ray here. My kids and I recently pooled together all of our resources and bought land way out in the country on a river with a forest. My daughter and son-in-law's house is already half built and the rest of our family plans to join them soon. Lord willing, I will semi-retire there with all my [...]

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That’s Gross Grandpa!

October 2, 2007

I just love grandkids. People joke around saying, "If I had known how fun grandkids would be, I would have had them first!" Today we went to my parents' house to celebrate my older brother's 65th birthday (he's joining the Catholic Church this Easter too!). All my grandkids were there so we went out and had adventures. [...]

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Was that a Scarlet Tanager or a Robin with a Sore Throat?

July 27, 2007

One of our pleasures we enjoy no matter where we go is looking for new birds, learning their calls and songs, and studying their habits. No matter where we go there are birds. It has been my hobby as long as I can remember and Janet jumped right in too. Our kids were never too [...]

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Newbies & Newts

July 24, 2007

Grandkids are cool – little "newbie people" so interested in everything. OK, so we have an old golfcart and I drive the grandkids around exploring. Every two-track back into a field or woods is a "new territory" that needs to be conquered. Every rock has to be turned over, every bug caught and every tree identified. New [...]

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Kettle of Eagles

April 7, 2006

Our family just pooled all our money and resources to buy 52 acres of fields and forests land way out in the country. My kids and Janet and I closed on the deal last week. We have 2,000 feet of beautiful river meandering through the land and most of the acres are deciduous forest. In [...]

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