Spring has certainly arrived. There is hardly a moment when our bird feeders are empty. We have had the privilege of watching Robins raise a family high in a pine tree. We watched the courting of our Bluebird mother and father; it was so sweet. The male found an insect in the grass, then flew to the same branch where the female was perched. He offered his meal and she accepted. That adorable couple now has five nestlings of their own ready to fledge any day now. We also have a family of Chickadees. The four nestlings are a week old and absolutely precious. Here is a video taken only an hour ago. You'll hear the Chickadee nestlings and my little nestlings in the video.
We have counted 20 different types of birds in our backyard and at the feeders. Our children are becoming great bird detectives and are getting good at identification, too. A great find two years ago was a free resource from Wild Birds Unlimited. They gave us a brochure sized handout of common eastern US birds on one side and common western birds on the other. This winter, in addition to a small bag of birdseed, Wild Birds Unlimited gave copies of the same handout, but poster sized, to each of my Nature Detective co-op students. What a generous heart they have! ~ It is always a learning experience when we enter their store.
We are also enjoying a Finch family consistently coming together to eat
at our window feeder, which I snapped a picture of this morning.
I am sure I've said this before...I do hope you take the time to go outside and enjoy nature for yourself, for your children, for your heart and for your mind. God's creation is amazing and meant for our enjoyment, too...
I am so appreciative to our new friends. Thank you so much for taking the time follow.
A big, big thank you to Mary @ Homegrown Learners.