"There are two little ones!" I said to Jamin, as he and I watched the eagle nest from the other side of the creek. Sure enough, two little fuzzy headed bald eagles could be seen from our vantage point. The one adult was clearly keeping a close watch on its surroundings and being faithful to tend its young until its mate returns with a meal. We never did see the other adult, but then again we were only there for about 15 minutes.
After that I had the joy of watching over the local heron rookery with my new acquaintance, Jamin.
Later in the afternoon I had plans to visit a woman who is currently in Broad Acres Nursing Home. I had a nice conversation and time of prayer with Beverly and Kathy, and one of the high points of my visit was in sharing my photos of the morning's experiences of nesting birds which inspired each of them to share stories of their experiences with animals both wild and domestic.
There is so much joy to be had in living into community with people out on the trail as well as in confined spaces, and finding ways to experience and reflect upon the beauty and wonder of wild spaces and wild creatures. To do it all in Jesus' name is the best of all! We can do anything good in Jesus' name when it is done in the spirit of love and inclusion which Jesus modeled in his life and ministry.
One more nice surprise was opening my delivery from Vistaprint when I got home; a bestlife.community Creek and Canyon Wildlife Tours hat to wear when I'm leading a tour, and 500 Creek and Canyon Wildlife Tours postcard sized ads which are soon to be distributed to various places around Tioga County! If today's adventure is any indication (eagles and herons is just the beginning!) its going to be a very good year for Wildlife Tours!