Puddle Jumpers




The drought is affecting everyone and every creature- these birds were walking in a shallow slough that usually is more pond-like than puddly.  I thought duck, but I searched google and bird sites and the sharp beak is a big hmmm.  So, if anyone knows, leave the name in comments, please. (Thank you Anni for the name: Common Gallinule) I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate each and every one of you- please  leave a comment to let me know you were here- even a simple smily face if you don't feel like typing! 


Thankful today for renewed peace in my heart, for all the helpers in the world who run towards danger instead of away from it, for cat purrs and nose bops from my Katie, and for my grands who rule my world, and for my husband who is my sanctuary. 

Comments

Tom said…
...thank goodness for wetlands that store water during periods of plenty!
eileeninmd said…
Hello, Terri. That beak looks like a Moorhen, but I could be wrong. I hope you all have some rain soon, droughts are awful. I am thankful for all the first respondors, they are heroes. There is so much happening lately, it is scary. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!
Kelly said…
Considering what a wet spring and early summer we had, it sure has gotten dry the last month or two. The wind doesn't help matters!
What an interesting bird...but I have no idea what it is. I love your thankful list.
Nancy J said…
The colours on those feathers, beautiful. Thankful down here for so much too, in the midst of danger, sadness, and overwhelming grief in so many places in the world .Safety. friends, a roof that is stable and secure, 2 cats and sometimes one other, and family, always.
♥ Anni ♥ said…
Awesome close-up images! Wow. And the blog post title is so fitting for this bird!! Well done.

Thanks for sharing this with us at I'd Rather B Birdin' this week.
♥ Anni ♥ said…
ps...the name of the bird is Common Gallinule [long ago they used to be called Moorhen, but that is now European only...Gallinule is American]
Droughts are so devastating. I am so glad that these birds (whatever they are) found some moisture.
And that you have found wonder. And love. And sanctuary.
Michelle said…
I don't know what they are, but nice to see they found a bit of water.
Sharon Qualls said…
Common Moorhen. Sad isn't it, that the wildlife is suffering from your drought. If it isn't one thing it's another. Glad I'm not a creature depending on nature right now. :-)
Ruth Hiebert said…
The birds have beautiful coloration.I'm sorry but I can't help with the ID.
Sandra said…
i love your closing thank you prayer and reading it made me think, my hubby is my santuary also... i like this puddle jumper pic.. he is beautiful
Arkansas Patti said…
I hope you find out what he is. A shame that he is having to deal with such a small bit of water. Sure hope we get some rain soon. A wise thankful list. Sometimes today we have to dig deep with all the pain in the world. Good to see your blessings are close by.
Mildred said…
Hi Terri, This is a beautiful post. Such a sweet list of things to be thankful for. We had been dry but last weekend we had 5" of rain.
Sending hugs and prayers your way.
Henny Penny said…
It is such a sweet looking bird. Hope their little pond fill up soon.
Wow, pretty bird - love the coloring. Nice gratitude list. Hope your drought ends soon - ours is finally over here in WA state. x Karen
Angie said…
Your closing thoughts are great - I can relate to the cat comments and those about your husband - we are blessed, aren't we?
Brian said…
I don't know what that bird is either but it is very pretty. It's very nice to meet you and thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!
Jeanna said…
Well spotted and it's kind of sad their water is just a puddle. We're getting lots of rain over the last few days and finally it's cooled down.
Being from Texas, we often go through periods of drought and my heart goes out to you and those in your area. It is hard on people. trees, landscape and wildlife. The pretty birds, I have never seen in our area. Hope you get rain soon!
I too echo your words for grateful thanks to all the helpers in the world who run towards danger instead of away from it ...

All the best Jan
I hope you get some rain to fill up those pot holes again for the migrating birds! :)
Debbie said…
some peeps are just experts with those i.d.'s. it's been cold here at the jersey shore, down right bone chilling. autumn jumped right over us!!!