Bird Watching

I love it when my kids take an interest in nature.
This month, Grant has decided that he is interested in birds.

little boy, bird watching, sketch pad, note book, brick planter, binoculars, cute, patio
I took all of these shots stealth-like, through the window.  That which you study, you also change… so I didn’t want him to see me.

He is so patient, sitting there with his bird-watching “gear”.

We have a hummingbird feeder that is quite the birdy hot-spot, and we have a pair of Finches (?) that have a spring/summer home above one of our outdoor speakers and they return to it each year and obligingly fill it with baby birds.

He is very careful to sketch and categorize his observations:

The Finches, feeding the babies.

He started a little book of birds he has observed in our backyard.  For some of them, I think he’s mistaken.

1. Just in case you thought it might be yours…
2. Can you read the description of the Humming Bird…?  The humming bird is the fastest flapping bird that ever lived. It has no legs.  (No, it is not mutated.)

Also, it appears we have a wayward Siki Bird.  We are a long way from Japan.  I did not know they had an official bird, but I guess that makes sense.

3. I am sorry I missed the day when a peacock came into our yard….
4. This bird is either a Robin, or is very embarrassed.

He is such a crack up.  My very favorite though?  This way he came up with to categorize the birds he saw in the yard.

Small, Medium and Big

Do your kids do things like this?


  1. says

    This is hilarious. I haven’t laughed out loud at a blog post in a while. The hummingbird thing was priceless.

    Punky has always been a font of this sort of briliance. From the time she told MacGyver, “If you were my kid, I’d leave you on the train,” To the really interesting sculpture she fasioned out of a whole lot of random stuff but mostly naked barbies.

  2. says

    That is just so sweet Viv! My son does similar things and I find the most hysterical and adorable drawings and writings all over my house. It is a blessing to have boys who are curious and interested in the world around them, isn’t it?

  3. says

    I love this post, Viv! Yes, my boys did things just like this when they were small. But I never got photos like the ones you captured. One day you’re going to be really, really glad you took these pictures. Grant is such a cutie, and those drawings of his are just the best.

    I’m kind of like the robin–red-faced that it took me so long to view and comment on this post! :)

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home!

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