Birds

I mentioned in my last post that I read a book about birds to our 4yo. The book was called Birds Eat and Eat and Eat. It is a Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science Book, of which we have many.
There are now 4 bird feeders outside. There are 5, if you count the trash bags which the vultures tear into every Tuesday before the trashman arrives, but I digress.
Our deck is alive with hummingbirds sipping nectar from the feeder suction-cupped to the living room window, and the children are working on identifying them. They think we have ruby-throated hummingbirds, but they are here nearly all year while the bird guides show them as just migrant visitors.
The seed feeder is seeing regular traffic, mostly from house sparrows – which we have learned are more properly called weaver finches. We have also seen cardinals, both male and female. Mourning doves are hanging out beneath the feeder. The 4yo has spotted other birds not yet identified.
Another feeder has dog food for flickers, jays, etc – it was entirely empty yesterday.
We have yet to spot any goldfinches at the finch feeder, but we’re watching. I have seen them in our neighborhood but not our yard, so it may take a while for them to find the feeder.
We have barn swallows nesting on the side of our house – we knew they were swifts or swallows of some kind, but finally identified these by the deeply forked tail.
I’m excited for the girls to learn to identify the many birds that are common in our area and we hope to learn to recognize their calls as well.
I’ve asked Hubby to print some coloring pages of our local birds from this site. Does anyone know where we can find more like it?

Comments

  1. cdorsey says:

    So fun. I’ll have to try to get a picture of the bird that is gracing my sister’s place right now and post it. My brother-in-law has told everyone about it. It is extremely rare for these parts (North Texas). Can’t even remember the name of it right now, but bird watching is so much fun.

    What great learning experiences, too.

    Catherine

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