Every day this week my kids have patiently waited for lunchtime. Growing kids need food, right? But it’s not been food that has caught their attention. It’s birds.
This has been the first month that the kids have REALLY noticed our fine feather friends. It was Calvin who pointed out that they come to the feeder everyday about 11:40.
We begin to see signs in our neighbors tree. Once these birds appear it’s only minutes before they make the last flight to our little bird feeder outside our kitchen nook window.
This week we decided to try to find how many different birds we could.
Typical Chickadees. They come by the dozens. I love to watch them flit around the bird house. They enjoy the crumbs that pebble the ground beneath.
We had 2 starlings visit us one day. I was excited until someone rained on our parade and let us know they were annoying birds. Luckily they have not been back.
We believe this to be a red-breasted nuthatch. It comes everyday by itself. It has quickly become the kids favorite. Quick bird and hard to photograph!
We also saw Western scrub jays which I think are prettier than your average jay, robins and even our friendly hummingbird. None would cooperate having their pictures taken for the blog.
It’s been a fun experience. I look forward to seeing how the bird feeder population changes with the seasons.
Backyard Bird Watching Resources
- Create a certified Wildlife Habitat – great place to start.
- Great Backyard Bird Count – Friday February 14th to Monday February 17th
- National Geographic – Some good resources. They have video from the Bald Eagle Cam!
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