My boys have always been really interested in birds. I can remember when Luke was not yet two and James was maybe 8 months old. Daddy was travelling and we were stuck inside on account of an ice storm.
We stayed in our pajamas for half the day, Luke balanced on the windowsill, James propped up in my lap, just watching a pair of cardinals make a nest outside our living room window.
They’ve been suckers for their feathered friends ever since.
They make dozens of replicas of real birds. Each one is equipped with a sound chip that allows it to make the bird’s actual call when you squeeze it. They are the combined effort of Wild Republic toymakers, Audubon, and the Cornell College of Ornithology. So cool! They have started a craze in our house.
My guys are on a mission to learn all they can about the birds that they see, from their habits, to their markings, to their songs.
You know what I love about that? I love that they make me stop and pay attention too. Kids are so good that way… making you put aside your silly adultness and just be in awe of the world for a moment.
We have watched, a rather lot, lately, from Pigeons, which, as the book will tell you, are quite remarkable creatures,
to the lowly and incredibly irritating, though intersting in its own right, Grackle.
We thought it would be a good idea to put up some pinecone feeders (pinecones, slathered in Crisco and peanut butter, then rolled in seed), just outside our “Discovery Room” (aka classroom) window, to lure the neighborhood birdkind in, for observation purposes.
And that, friends, is why I have to go and scrub my kitchen now. Every imaginable surface is covered in peanut butter and Crisco. Should there be an interruption in the food supply, know that you can come over and lick my cabinets. We believe in sustainability, you know.
On another note, I feel a need to give you fair warning.
Friday will be my 100th post. To celebrate this (mildly) monumental event, I will be hosting my first giveaway contest, and will also be making a BIG announcement. It’s HUGE, people, you don’t want to miss out 😉 So, whatever you do, be back here on Friday!
Now… off to battle the peanut butter. It’s for the birds, I tell you.