ML didn’t want us to buy the house I purchased. She wanted us to buy the house next door to it. It wasn’t for sale. I asked her what she liked about the house. Her answer was, “I love all the birds in its yard.” I assured her the birds would visit our yard too.
I am proud to report we have become a bird haven in the city. Today alone we saw cardinals, orioles, bluebirds, hummingbirds and doves. Last week, ML discovered a bird nest in our japanese maple. Our bluebird box has produced 2 broods and 9 babies so far this summer. We’re cleaning it out in hopes of one more brood.
There are lots of good picture books about birds.
This year, I read The Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie to ML’s class. Nothing like a class of kindergartners yelling beebeebobbibobbi, beebeebobbibobbi at the top of their lungs.
We haven’t seen a flamingo in our yard, but one of our favorite books is about a flamingo, Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler. Sylvie is sassy.
I’ve featured Simon James before. His book Birdwatchers made ML laugh and laugh. Who knew there were penguins in Great Britain? My bird lover knew that was silly.