Thursday, May 26, 2011

the birds

This spring the kids and I have really gotten into bird watching. We have seen so many beautiful birds in our backyard. So many in fact that we haven't even had to travel out of the yard to find a variety of these wonderful animals God created.
Here are a few of the one's we've found that rank near the top of our favorites list!
First, the Western Tanager. Now it could be that we simply haven't paid that much attention to birds in the past but I don't ever remember seeing these in our yard. They showed up about 2 weeks ago and their feathers are such a lovely contrast to the green of the trees they're in.

The Oriole. These boys just started visiting our feeders this past week. Oh the orange and black! Stunning! The females are here too and while they're not as bright, they are still a very pretty bird.

The Varied Thrush. This one is my personal favorite. I haven't seen them lately in the yard but earlier this spring they were abundant. The picture here doesn't really do them justice. The colors of their feathers are so beautiful together.

The Norther Flicker. This bird is actually part of the woodpecker family but mostly scurries around on the ground. Look at those spots! The males have the bright read feathers near their beak while the females don't have any red at all.

And remember those Starlings? Well, we still haven't made that pie but they did make a nest in a tree hollow in the back and, with the help of a ladder, the kids were able to see the babies up close. That was so exciting!
Do you bird watch? If you have children and homeschool, have you done a nature study on the birds in your yard? What is your favorite native bird?

*Oh, and I wanted to add that we have found some great bird books on Amazon used books. I got a book specifically on birds in N. California for $0.18!*


Anonymous said...

Those birds are amazing! I never cease to be in awe of God's creation and birds are one of those aspects that keep me oo-ing and awe-ing!

Great pictures!

We like to look at birds on our nature walks too!

Emily Fay said...

We love bird watching here! :) It can be quite addicting! lol Love the photos!

We set up a few bird feeders so we could watch birds (we are in Utah) and we have seen lots of house finches and Lazuli Buntings - but we have a few areas around here to go bird watching we hope to go do soon!

We do add it to our homeschooling studies as well.

lil red hen said...

We don't have a very large variety of birds around the yard; purple martins, mockingbird (our state bird), bluebirds, starlings, pigeons (at the barn, and they make a mess!) and a little wren who has a beautiful song. It's a splendid study to do with your children.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

I'm not vary familiar with the birds or their names in my area. I do see quite a few bluebirds known as scrub jays in my area. In fact, there's one that always visits the tree ri ght outside my bedroom window. Once in awhile it comes with some friends. We also have starlings here in Oregon..lots of them. My old work place had lots of trees. The starlings would congregate in the trees and make this amazing fl uttering noise early in the morning and at night. Plus when they were fl ying around in the was gorgeous. It was like watching a feathery version of the aurora borealis :) :) Oh, then we have crows..some of them so huge..I've dubbed them "crow-zillas" :) :) Or maybe they're ravens? Not sure..

Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Melissa Carr said...

The birds in your backyard are beautiful! We love bird watching...God's created these wonderful little creatures for our enjoyment.

Bonnie K said...

Spring is my favorite time. Yesterday I took a bunch of bird photos for my blog. Then today I was piddling around in the garden and my Scarlet Tanager showed up. I ran for the camera, but he was fleeting. Love your photos. Thank you for sharing.

Amanda said...

We have REALLY gotten into bird watching this year too.
I'm so excited for you and your latest find on Amazon.

How cool!

Anonymous said...

Heather, is this you??

Leslie said...

you are so lucky to have such beautiful birds...we love to birdwatch at our feeders while the kids are doing school

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