Thursday, April 8, 2010

Our New Pets

Our latest homeschooling project has been a new bird feeder close to the living room window. All of us enjoy watching the show daily! Our bird book seems to always be on the coffee table as we grab it when we see a new bird.
This house finch visits regularly, usually with his wife who I would mistake for a sparrow.

Carolina Chickadees are very numerous here. We peeked in our bird house one year and saw five, little black baby chickadee heads. This year we had to repair the bird house and have rehung it too late, I'm afraid, for them to build their nest there.

We have two pairs of cardinals that dine regularly here. The mama is always more hesitant than papa. When we had some old indian corn ears laid out, he was the only one strong enough to pick off the kernels, and he would share them with her.

The tufted titmouse is shy and evasive. Anna, our oldest daughter, took these pictures for me with her nice camera! In almost every picture she took, the titmouse is peeking around the feeder.

We have this mama squirrel that always visits as well. She has a scar on her back that we recognize.

Her acrobatics constantly amaze us!

One scary incident that happened was when a hawk tried to snatch one of our little birds at the feeder. We were sitting on the couch and noticed a swoop of large, brown wings, and he landed briefly in the tree next to the feeder after failing to catch his prey. He didn't stay long when he detected our movements towards the window.
Now, it's the grackles that are a problem! They scare everyone away.


  1. What fun! We love watching the birds from our living room window also. We too enjoy looking at our bird books to find which ones have visited us - we mark the date and where we saw them at!
    Wonderful photos!


  2. Hi Nadine,

    We mark the date as well! But not the place--I like that idea. It's amazing to me the more we take time to notice the beauties of nature, the deeper our appreciation of God our Father.
    Have a blessed day!

  3. Dear Teresa ~ How wonderful!! The pictures are gorgeous as well! What a creative God we have! AND how incredible you have such a variety of birds visiting you...very fun! :)

    Have a lovely weekend!

  4. Camille,

    Thanks for visiting! Hope you also have a great weekend with your loved ones.

  5. Your pictures are beautiful. We had a squirrel once who would hang upside down and drink from our hummingbird feeder as if it were a cocktail.
    Great post!

  6. Christina,

    Thanks for your visit. That's so funny about the squirrel! I didn't know they would drink hummingbird nectar.