Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve Surprise

I worked at the hospital today. Being with people who are sick, injured and aging is a good way to put my own little stresses in perspective at this time of year.

We have so much to be thankful for!

A group of Common Redpolls visited the feeder outside the patient treatment room, just in time for Christmas. I have been looking for these birds all month and the timing of their arrival couldn't have been better. (I took a short video of them at the feeder while they were being bullied by a Junco.)

Here is a little poem from Grandma's Christmas scrapbook...


Let all young creatures here below,
The innocent and least
that move and live in joy and love,
Share the Christ Child's feast.

Furry little animals
That peep from lairs and hedges,
Fish that dart in pools and streams,
Birds in woods and sedges,

Fin and feather, hoof and claw,
O small ones praise Him too.
Who on this day to us was given,
Small and blithe like you.

Miriam Cosand Perry



  1. Merry, merry Christmas, Ruth!

  2. Merry Christmas to you also, Ruth.

    That's a great photo of the Redpolls. I'm keeping my eyes open for Common Redpolls at my feeders too--that would be an excellent Christmas present!

  3. I enjoyed your video.

    Merry Christmas, Ruth!

  4. Oooh, a Redpoll would be a lifer for me! Beautiful video. Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing the sweet poem.

  5. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours Ruth! How lovely you got the Redpoll for a Christmas treat!

  6. Merry Christmas Ruth!

    Those little Redpolls were sure were intent on chowing down!

    Thanks for the video!

  7. Merry Christmas, Ruth! I've yet to see a Redpoll. Wonderful. And thanks for the perspective. We need to be reminded.

  8. Merry Christmas, Ruth.

  9. That's nice Ruth!No wonder I can't find any Redpolls-you've got them all.-Hope You had a Merry Christmas!

  10. Thank you for all your Merry Christmas wishes. Hope you had a wonderful day.(and that the Redpolls visit your yard soon!)

  11. I love this poem! "O small ones praise Him too" -- it's true, animals give God glory in their own ways. Thanks for posting it.


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