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The Xantus’s Hummingbird

We’re almost to the end of this wonderful challenge, and I was really happy to get a bird starting with the letter X. I must say, what I love about nature, is that it doesn’t need a soundtrack for the singing of birds are sufficient. Even their wings is music itself.

Xantus's Hummingbird | Audubon Field Guide

Image: So pretty!

🐦 The Xantus’s Hummingbird was named after John Xantus de Vesey, a Hungarian zoologist.

🐦 These birds are native to the southern Baja Peninsula of Mexico (Baja California) and Jacques Cousteau Island aka Cerralvo Island (uninhabited island located off the coast of the Cerralvo Channel in Baja California Sur). They have also been documented in southern California and British Columbia.

Xantus's Hummingbird, male: Mexico, normally found only in Baja CA, but a nest was found in southern CA (no chicks fledged). 1 bird observed in BC Can. in Nov 1997

Image: Xantus’s male

🐦 The Xantus’s Hummingbird measures 3 – 3.5 inches (8 – 9 cm) in length – including bill and tail.

🐦 These birds feed on nectar taken from a variety of brightly colored, scented small flowers of trees, herbs, shrubs, and epiphytes. They favor flowers with the highest sugar content.

Xantus' Hummingbird (Basilinna xantusii),named after a Hungarian zoologist, is a Mexican hummingbird mostly found in Baja California. This species may occasionally stray to other parts of California & one stray bird was said to have been spotted in British Columbia.

Image: What a beaut!

🐦 A nesting female can capture up to 2,000 insects a day.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a YT video about the Xantus’s Hummingbird, but I still wanted to feature a video, so via ZoneA, here’s a video of 10 beautiful hummingbirds.

 

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Reference/s: identify.whatbird.com; beautyofbirds.com; YouTube

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Song Sunday 🎶🎷

Jesus will fix it!

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

1 Peter 5:10

There is always going to be trouble in our way, but no matter what we’re going through, God is still in control.

Our struggles might be weighing our shoulders down, but we don’t have to carry the weight of the world when we could give our burdens to Jesus, and He’ll fix it.

So, keep your eyes on Jesus, and hang on, for better days are coming.

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Stepped, stepped in the furnace a long time ago
Shadrech, Meshach and Abendigo
No, they were not worried, oh, this I know
They knew that Jesus will fix it after while

Trouble in my way, I have to cry sometimes
Trouble in my way, I have to cry sometimes
I lay awake at night, but that’s alright
I know my Jesus will fix it after while

 

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The Woodpecker

I love Woodpeckers! They bring such a joy to my face whenever I hear their tree-pecking that I’ll stop whatever I’m doing and venture outside to look at them for a while.

Pileated Woodpecker

Image: The ever elegant Pileated Woodpecker.
I see a lot of this beauty in my backyard.

🐦 There are more than 180 species of woodpeckers worldwide and although they can be found in jungles, forests, ad deserts around the world, they’re not native to Madagascar, New Zealand, Australia, or Antarctica.

🐦 Woodpeckers do not have vocal songs, so they drum on objects that echo loudly to communicate with each other such as logs, rain gutters, trash cans, hollow trees etc. They also drum to attract mates.

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Image: The Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Isn’t it a thing of beauty?

🐦 Woodpeckers can peck up to 20 times per second, or a total of 8,000-12,000 pecks per day. And no, they don’t get headaches from pecking. 😄

🐦 Most Woodpeckers have zygodactyl feet, which means they have two toes facing the front and two toes facing the back to help them strongly grip trees in a vertical position.

Nuttall Woodpecker:Similar Species to Ladder-backed Woodpecker, except red crown begins further back on the head and barring on the back stops on upper back.

Image: The classy Ladder-Backed Woodpecker

🐦 And last, but not least, a fun fact: Woody Woodpecker is the most famous fictional Woodpecker. However, he is not a distinct Woodpecker species. His size and characteristic laugh is closer to the Pileated Woodpecker, but his red head, blue back and wings are inspired from the Red-headed Woodpecker.

Although iconic, Woody can give Bugs Bunny a run for most obnoxious cartoon ever created!

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The Pileated Woodpecker is the world’s most fearless Woodpecker and the largest Woodpecker alive in North America. Via Martyn Stewart, here’s a great video of said Woodpecker in its natural habitat.

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Reference/s: thespruce.com; YouTube

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Exodus III: The return to Egypt

In case you missed it:

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I’m happy to finally return to the study of Exodus after the lapse in concentration due to severe headaches. Praise God for this period for despite the pain, I got to truly enjoy rest. To pick up where we’ve left off, let’s turn our Bibles to the fourth chapter. 

Aaron joins Moses

Scripture in focus: Exodus 4

4:1 > Even after the lengthy conversation/explanation that Moses had with God in 3:14-22, Moses is still doubtful. Although God promised that He’ll be with him, Moses panics over the people not believing him.

4:2-5 > Miracles are signs for those that didn’t believe, and God gives Moses the power to work miracles so that His people may believe starting with the rod that became a part of the many miracles pertaining to the delivery of God’s people. Here, we see it become a serpent that Moses runs away from, but when God commanded him to take it by the tail which is the most dangerous place to handle a snake, Moses had enough faith to do so and come away unharmed.

We might ask, where was this faith in the first place when God came to him? God was building it up. And why snakes? Perhaps it’s due to the fact that the Egyptians had a fascination with snakes… as I do.

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4:6-8 > Leprosy was a dreaded disease that was thought to be incurable. In these verses, we see Moses puts his hand into his bosom and when he takes it out, it’s leprous. Again, he places said hand in the same place, but this time when he takes it out, it’s back to normal. A thing or two I took away from this:

* Moses was never to work miracles by his own power or for his own praise. He was supposed to work them by the power of God and for His glory.

* By the power of God, Moses would bring diseases upon Egypt.

4:9 > If the two miracles were doubted, then the water would become blood. This foreshadowed the first plague. Since Egypt was dry land, water was of utmost importance to them, so much, that they worshiped the Nile.

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4:10-12 > After all of these things, Moses comes up with another excuse: “I can’t speak well.” What he means is that he is unable to articulate his thoughts in flowing speech, and I can relate for I write better than I speak. However, Moses was brought up in an Egyptian palace and was exposed to one of the best education systems in his time, and he was indeed mighty in words and deeds (Acts 7:22). He didn’t need a translator or a course in public speaking, all Moses needed to do was trust the Lord. If the Lord could’ve spoken to him through a burning bush, God could speak through him in front of Pharaoh.

God is not interested in our abilities for He’s the One Who gives them to us anyway. He’s not interested in our eloquent speeches, just our willingness.

4:13-16 > Moses tries to wriggle out one last time by saying that he’s up to the task if God insists, but it’ll be better if God sends someone else. God is rightly angry at Moses’ unwillingness, but He commissions Moses’ brother Aaron for the role of spokesperson. God already knew that Moses was going to throw the Book of Excuses at Him, so He already had Aaron on his way. 

4:17-18 > Despite Moses’ unwillingness, he had the “staff of God” and was given the power to perform the signs and miracles. Aaron was just the mouthpiece. Moses then seeks permission from his father-in-law to leave, so he could go and accomplish God’s purpose. 

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4:19-20 > There was no one waiting to kill Moses upon his return to Egypt for the ones that sought his life were all dead. Moses takes his wife, sons, and the “staff of God” to return to the dreaded Egypt.

4:21 > God tells Moses how events will unfold in Egypt. The hardening of Pharaoh’s heart shows God’s direct involvement in the affairs of men so that His purpose will be accomplished. Pharaoh refuses to believe in the One True God, for he was a god himself, and so, God had to harden his heart – later on, Pharaoh will harden his own heart – to bring judgement upon a mortal masquerading as a god on earth and for resisting His will.

4:22-23 > The firstborn son was special and sacred to the ancient Egyptians and God considered the nation of Israel his firstborn son and the Pharaoh was not going to have it. Who was this God? Why is an entire nation special to Him? Pharaoh was considered the favored son of his false god Ra, but God was going to let the mortal ruler know that Israel was His covenant people, and He was going to reveal Himself through them. In order for Israel to truly serve God, they needed to leave the world (Egypt) behind.

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4:24-26 > God inflicts an illness upon Moses for he had neglected his duty by not circumcising his second son. Zipporah didn’t approve of this practice as we can see from these verses, but Moses is the head of the household, and he knew the importance of this rite, so he shouldn’t have listened to his wife. Zipporah eventually performed the rite swiftly for she understood the danger of her husband’s life albeit repulsed. She threw the skin at Moses’ feet showing her disapproval of him as a husband because of this blood covenant with God. God let Moses go, but Zipporah was in her feelings still expressing her dislike for the Hebrew practice.

4:27-28 > Aaron and Moses reunites on Mount Horeb and became brothers in ministry that very day. Moses told his brother everything concerning the mission from God and the signs he has been given. 

4:29-31 > The brothers met with the elders and everything functions smoothly: Aaron the effective mouthpiece, Moses the demonstrator. The people believe, and they humbled themselves before God and worships Him.

Related scripture reading:

^ John 14:11 > Believe in Jesus for the very works’ sake. Because of the many signs and wonders, the people who followed Jesus believed. 

Additional Notes

^ To expand a little on 4:2-5 where God uses the simple shepherd’s staff in Moses’ hand, God likes to use what’s in our hands to bring glory to Him. In John 6:9, God uses the five loaves and two fishes in a boy’s hand to feed many. He used the stone and sling in David’s hand to bring down Goliath (1 Samuel 17:49). There are a few other examples throughout the Bible.

^ The book of Exodus attributes the hardening process ten times to God (verse 21; 7:3; 9:12; 10:1, 20, 27; 11:10; 14:4, 8, 17), and nine times to the Pharaoh himself (7:13-14, 22; 8:15, 19, 32; 9:7, 34-35). The first two references (verses 21 and 7:3), state that God “will harden” the Pharaoh’s heart without specifying when that will be. The next ten references (the only exception is in 9:12), indicate that the Pharaoh hardened his own heart (via bible-studys.org).

Reference/Aids

* Prayer

* The Holy Spirit

* The Holy Bible

* Historical research

* The ever trusted bible-studys.org

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The Vulturine Guineafowl

For a minute, I forgot about this challenge, and since it’s almost to the end, I decide to push to finish it. This post might be the shortest in the series I’ve done so far. 

The blue on this bird is STUNNING!! 

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🐦 This bird is the largest and most colorful extant species of guineafowl.

🐦 The Vulturine Guineafowl got its name from its appearance.

Vulturine Guinea Fowl

Image: The bald and the beautiful!

🐦 Because of its bare skin of head and neck, this guineafowl can sometimes be confused for a vulture despite its beautiful plumage. I for one mistook it for one when I first came across the photo.

🐦 Although the female is smaller than the male, both sexes are similar in plumage.

La Pintade vulturine est une espèce d'oiseaux galliformes de la famille des numididae, seul membre du genre Acryllium.

Image: Elegantly poised 

🐦 The female lays between 13 and 15 eggs, but two females can lay in the same nest. 

Want to hear some sweet singing from the Vulturine Guineafowl? Watch this video via
groenelantaarn and enjoy:

 

Images: Pinterest

Reference/s: oiseaux-birds.com; YouTube

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Coffee Tuesday! ☕

An instant update!

Salut! And welcome back to this little space on the internet. 

I’m not sure where to start, but I wanted to do a little update where it concerns the blog. I’ve been blogging less lately; it’s not that I’m not inspired, I am, for I have a LOT of ideas in my arsenal, but I’m just not into sitting down to turn the ideas into a blogging reality. I’ll try my best to work through my anemia episodes, but due to the fatigue, I can’t really concentrate on blogging and reading too many blogs. I apologize for not being able to visit your blogs at the moment.

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Category is…

La Petite Muse is a pretty random blog. One day, there’s a favorite song, next week there’ll be a freshly crafted story, the next month, a photo, etc. and in the midst of all, Bible studies. You may or may not wonder why don’t I keep God separate. To make a long story short, I prefer to have this one blog where I can share pieces of me from all walks of life so you can see the growth of my walk with God. And I’ve been thinking of adding a few more categories, but I’ll get to them when the time is right.

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Upcoming articles

Before this little break, I’ve been working on a variety of topics including:

* The continuation of the Exodus Bible study. I’m currently trying to work on posting the 4th chapter for this Sabbath, but I’ve been slow in getting there. If I had been consistent, I’m certain that we would’ve been wrapping up Deuteronomy. 

* Book rants… well, I haven’t been reading much lately and I’m not into ranting about books at the moment. Most of them are garbage anyway.

* Movie/TV show reviews. I’ve watched a few shows and 2 movies since I’ve been home, but I haven’t been putting enough effort into working on those reviews.

* Topics concerning the right to judge, the rapture doctrine, and why one cannot have heaven without Jesus.

I’m not certain when I’ll be back to a regular writing, posting, and reading schedule, but I’ll be working on it this week. Thanks for understanding.

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I’ll try my best to complete those articles soon and also get to your blogs. What new things have you been up to lately?

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Introducing Jeremiah!

As the French say: C’est la vie!

We have a new addition to the family: a dumped kitten. To make a long story short, I don’t know how some people could be so cruel to helpless creatures. This kitten was dumped at the garbage site along with 4 other siblings that eventually died. This one was a fighter. Ma came across the box of squealing kittens when she was coming back from visiting a friend. She launched an inquiry shortly afterward and found out that the kittens were taken from a homeless mother cat, placed in a box, and left to die by the dump. We haven’t found the distraught mother, but it’s sickening to what people can resort to just because they dislike animals. 

My sister Denise eventually named him Jeremiah, and we also nicknamed him Jerry and Jeremy. He’s quite spoiled, and he enjoys sleeping in a pair of flats that I hardly use. I love watching him grow so beautifully, and he has the cutest little chocolaty paws and mesmerizing gray eyes. 

I wanted to share him for the longest while, but I wanted to wait and see how he’ll grow, and now, like a happy mom with pictures of her child stored on her phone for the sake of sharing, I can finally do so. He’ll be two months soon.

Everyone, say hello to Jeremiah!

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The Umbrellabird

I just discovered this cool long-wattled bird and I just had to feature it! Its unusual just as its name. 

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Image: The long-wattled Umbrella beauty!

🐦 The Umbrellabirds are found in rainforests of Central and South America.

🐦 These birds are notable for their unique, umbrella-like crest and for the pendant suspended from the throat, which is an inflatable wattle.

Paragüero cuellicalvo - Bare-necked Umbrellabird - Nacktkehl-Schirmvogel - Coracine ombrelle

Image: The Bare-Necked Umbrellabird

🐦 They spend most of their lives in the canopies of tall trees.

🐦 Although the Umbrellabird can fly short distances, their large size makes flying difficult and it tends to hop from branch to branch.

Adult male Amazonian Umbrella Bird along the Manu Road.

Image: The Amazonian Umbrellabird

🐦 There are 3 species of Umbrellabirds: the Long-Wattled, the Amazonian, and the Bare-Necked. 

Via Adela Espinosa, see the long-wattled umbrellabird in its natural habitat. At 44 seconds and again at 1:19, listen carefully, and you’ll hear the sound it makes. It’s like a ship horn or the sound the tripods make in War of the Worlds! 💙

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Reference/s: britannica.com; a-z-animals.com; YouTube

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