The Great BIBLE Bird Count

Since 1998 the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society have sponsored the Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen science project to collect data about the distribution of wild birds across the globe. For four days in mid-February volunteers count birds and then record their sightings online. In 2018, citizens in over 100 countries reported more than 6,400 bird species.

This February I participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count for the first time. Watching a suet feeder, hung on a juniper tree outside my study, I identified 10 species – Pinyon Jay, Stellar Jay, Scrub Jay, Pine Siskin, White-breasted Nuthatch, Plain Titmouse, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, and Mountain Chickadee – all common visitors. One of the species, a Gray Vireo (Rocky Mountain race), I had not seen here before.

Recalling passages of Scripture that speak of birds both literally and figuratively, I ventured to begin a Bible Bird Count (my list is at the end of the blog). Many Scriptures that mention birds remind me of the greatness of God.


Genesis 2:19a:  And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky;

The supernatural intelligence, imagination, and artistry of the LORD God is evident throughout His creation. The diversity, complexity, interdependence, and order of the natural world cannot be explained sufficiently by a theory of random chance and successive mutations.


Psalm 124:7-8:  Our soul  has   escaped   as a bird  out of the   snare  of the trapper ; The snare  is broken  and we have escaped . Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.         

These words are lyrics to a musical composition by King David; a song of praise to the LORD who rescued the king and his people from their enemies. David shows us a personal God who cares about us; one who can and does intervene on our behalf.


Matthew 6:26, Words of Jesus:“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”

Jesus spoke these words to His disciples to reassure them that their heavenly Father knows their needs and will take care of them. We need not worry or be anxious, but rather we should continually seek the kingdom of God.


NOTE: At this writing my Bible count totals 19 types of birds found in 26 Old Testament books and 9 New Testament books.  The list is not comprehensive.

BIBLE BIRD LIST (19) – Common names translated from Hebrew and Greek words (NASB):     bird of prey, carrion vulture, cormorant, crane, dove, eagle, falcon, gull, hawk, ostrich, owl, pelican, pigeon, raven, rooster, sea gull, stork, swallow, turtledove, white owl.