Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spring is Here!

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...


~Hope

 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.





11 comments:

  1. Mary pointed me in your direction, and I'm so glad! I have recently fallen in love with birds and bird watching, so this post is a wonderful introduction. We have something in common! I look forward to getting to know you better through your blog.

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    1. Thanks for the follow, Amy! I am so happy you are here and we can enjoy birds and nature and this homeschooling journey together!

      ~Hope

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  2. Love the chickadee video!! Paisley liked it also :) Wish we had some trees to put a feeder up. I may have to hang one from our porch! Love you!

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad! We have two feeders off the deck. We have one on the window and another (meal worm feeder for the Bluebirds) on a plant hanger pole. Paisley would love watching the birds come to the feeder! ~ Be warned birds can be a little messy =)Love y'all, too!

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  3. I loved the video as well. I am a bird lover!! :) I love to watch them and hear them sing.... especially in the mornings. Do you remember when there were birds singing in our trees before the alarm would go off to get up and ready for school? Well, just a few days ago those same breed of birds were singing... :) Love you all so much! Mom

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    1. I wish I could remember, Mom! I am glad you enjoyed the video. They are so sweet! I love you!

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  4. Awww! Love the chickadees. How Sweet!

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    1. Thanks for the follow! I have an idea for a field trip for us, K. I'll private message you!

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  5. Awww! Love the chickadees. How Sweet!

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  6. We love watching the birds here at our house, too. We've been doing it together since my girls were very small.
    I am a new follower...thanks to Mary! Good to "meet" you :)

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    1. Thanks for the follow, Susan. Nice to "meet" you, too! I look forward to knowing you better.

      It's good to hear your family enjoys birds. We love this time of year so much, I try to have school completed so we can simply enjoy!

      Mary is super, super sweet. I'm so blessed to have her as a friend. =)

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