Saturday, February 26, 2011

Birds and Blooms

(also entitled, "Why I Can Forgive the South for it's Unbearable Summers" or "I Love an Early Spring!")

We participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count last weekend...

So we centered a whole school day around birdies, from science to handwriting. It's always nice to take a break from the ordinary.

Especially when the ordinary is in the middle of a long winter slump.

And you are desperately counting the days until Spring...

22, 21, 20, (are we there, yet?!), 19, 18, 17...


It took a little while for the birds to start coming around,
but once we shooed off any deterrents lurking nearby,

we finally starting seeing some visitors.





Here's who's in our neck of the woods right now:
  • tufted titmouse
  • carolina chickadee
  • white throated sparrow (we call them santa clause sparrows because of their beards)
  • fox sparrow (I think)
  • chipping sparrow
  • cardinal
  • mockingbird
  • eastern bluebird
  • blue jay
  • crow
  • robin
  • house finch
  • mourning dove
  • american goldfinch
  • dark eyed juncos

For um, "computer science", my son created his own species of bird on his Spore game. He just beams when I incorporate his passions (currently Spore) into his school work. Someday I'm going to learn how to be more creative and do it more often.

We also had fun watching this video on about the acorn woodpecker. (We love Jelly Telly!)

I can't describe how wonderful it was to be outside counting birds (thank you, Barb, once again for getting us OUTSIDE!) - the weather here has been beautiful, and we're beginning to see our first blessed signs of Spring on the way...


It almost seems like the buttercups are intently watching the ground, looking for signs of new growth to appear, as if they are sentinels of Spring.





{a nature obstacle course}

hooray for short sleeves!




"She felt blessed above all creatures, having birds, books, babies, and blooms, and the leisure to enjoy them..."
(paraphrased (because I'm too lazy to go get the book and look it up) from Penelope in The Shell Seekers, by Rosamunde Pilcher)

Thank you for your early preview, Spring!


  1. I love the photos of the crocuses. I keep looking for signs of Spring here. There are some. Fascinated by your list of birds. We did our survey, in the UK, a few weeks ago. The only ones we have in common with your list are robin and crow.

  2. casey - this looks like a great load of fun! the bird pictures are beautiful! and your kids are having a great time learning. my son enjoys spore also and he is 25 years old :)

  3. beautiful nature. beautiful children. beautiful Mom for seeing and sharing the beauty. Love you!

  4. Oh, how I miss the south! And oh, I can't believe I might have said it was warm today when it only reached about 42. :-/

    Looks like you had a great academic experience! All wonderful shots - I am especially drawn to the one of the chickadee.

  5. Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a wonderful way to spend the day learning. I love it. i can't get over how much spring you have...Happy for you!

  7. You have a great list, love the "Santa Claus" sparrow...way too cute.

    As always your photos tell the story and the enthusiasm for your nature study. Thank you so much for sharing your day and your birds and your early spring flowers.


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