(photo by JLynn)
These are just a few of the many birds we've been seeing in our neck of the woods as we continue to count birds for our Big Year. The Grankids and their mothers and I are learning so much and are developing a keen eye for various species of birds -- their colors, their markings, the way they perch and fly, and the songs they sing. My pictures are less than crisp and bright due to gray, misty, drizzly, wet days -- hooray!
The youngest and casual bird observers are so hilarious with their comments. Lily calls the Grackle a "Crackle". When her mother tries to correct her, "Say G G Grackle." She says, "G G Crackle." Another child, Toodles, calls the Wilson's Phalarope a Spinny Duck, which is an excellent name and description of it. Her Daddy has always called them that. The younger birders like Chief and JohnDeere look through their mini binoculars upside down, but they sure do "see" all kinds of birds and things. I think it's a beautiful thing to be in tune with your surroundings and nature. God has given us so many gifts if we only have eyes to see them. What birds are you seeing?
"For lack of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day."
"To the attentive eye each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson