Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Birding 2012

 I am sure I have mentioned it here before, but our family loves to watch birds. It is a great thing, because this year in Science we are studying Ornithology. Birds are fascinating creatures. How God designed them for flight. How He gave them instinct to know where to migrate, and how to get there.
Purely amazing.
One project we are working on continually is making a habitat in our backyard that the birds enjoy visiting.  We have been hanging feeders, making feeders. Hanging suet cakes and our intention is to make a homemade birdbath, we haven't gotten to that just yet.
Of course the above bird is one that is easy to identify.
He is the Male Northern Cardinal
 Here we have the Female Northern Cardinal, undoubtedly she is eyeing the male. ;) hee hee
 This is a Male White Breasted Nuthatch. I wish I had gotten a picture of his backside, he is a beautiful bird. They have very long beaks.
 This is our little friend, the Tufted Titmouse. He's hiding a wee bit.
And I feel pretty sure that this is the Carolina Wren. Such a cutie.

Birding is such a great hobby. I love seeing new birds. The children and I keep an ongoing list of birds that visit our habitat. We eagerly check our manual when new birds come for a visit.

If you don't have a place to view the birds with your children, I encourage you to make a spot. It is a great inexpensive way you can enjoy some of God's creation with your little ones when it may be a bit too chilly to be out-of-doors.

Have a great day!
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5 comments :

  1. Hey Chas, we love the birds around our house! In our area we have the brown-headed nuthatch, and I love watching these busy, elusive birds. But my favorite is the Carolina Wren, she (for some reason all wrens are she to me) has the best attitude--small and fiesty, like me!

    A few months ago we took a birding trip and were blessed to witness Bald Eagles mating. It was brief, but oh so dramatic!

    Keep nurturing those young birders. Who knows, I might meet them on a hike one day.
    Blessings,
    Brenda

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  2. Hey Chas,
    Thought you might be interested in this information. Science, birding, community service, all in one!The Annual Backyard Bird Count http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/
    Brenda

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  3. Dearest Chas,

    I haven't been by to visit for awhile...I just needed to stay focused on my home and family, but wanted to stop by and say that I enjoy your blog so very much.

    We too, love to watch birds and have a book and binoculars at the ready!

    Yours so kindredly,
    Shan
    Honey Hill Farm

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  4. Your Pictures are beautiful Chas. We love the birds here as well. The children learned the different names of the birds at a very young age. The cardinals are so pretty we do not get them here in my part of Canada, but however have some other amazing birds as well. Take care and have a wonderful week. I am finally getting a little time to catch up on my favorite blogs. I really enjoyed your last few posts that I has missed.

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  5. Hey Chas! Love to see that you're birding with your family. I hope that book is coming in handy. :) that last bird is a Brown-headed Nuthatch. Keep taking those pics! Love 'em!

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