birdwatching, humor

Road trips with boys

So, over the weekend our 4H group went out to Kearney, Nebraska to see the sandhill crane migration. Somehow, I ended up with all the boys. ALL the boys. Just let that sink in for a moment. One hundred sixty miles one way with ALL the boys from our 4H group. Somewhere along the way, they decided to have a…

Continue Reading
birdwatching, homeschooling

An encounter with owls

Four children stand in the walkway, huddled together against the cold.  Two came out without a jacket.  One didn’t bother with shoes.  It’s hovering just above freezing.  They stand silently, listening.  It is a rare moment of quiet. What do they sound like, Mommy? [Whoo whowhowho Whooo] “Whoo whowhowho Whooo,” I call back. Partially to let Bug know what she…

Continue Reading
birdwatching, education, homeschooling

Backyard Birding

As is often the case when I’m reading blogs, The Common Room’s observations on ‘minding animals‘ left me thinking about other, related subjects. I couldn’t help but think of “My Side of the Mountain” when young Sam Gribley shares with us how you perceive the weather differently when you are in it and subject to its changes. Animal behavior changes…

Continue Reading
birdwatching, homeschooling

Our most welcome winter guests

We are enjoying our bird project, and the official FeederWatch program has not even begun, yet. Now that we have new windows and our sunroom remains a comfortable temperature despite the temperature extremes outdoors, I am looking forward to moving the bulk of our education out there so we can keep on eye on the feeders. Previously, my son would…

Continue Reading