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Friday, February 6, 2015

Winging It

Getting my ducks in a row for birding!
Chirp, chirp, tweet, tweet.  Oh the sounds of spring, where have you been?  I know, we are a bit away from spring yet, but I can dream, can't I?  I am a nature girl through and through.  I love hiking and being outside, but this snow and cold really clips my wings.  Not to worry though my friends, I have a solution.  You see, it is National Bird Feeding Month, and I love nothing more than my little birdie friends.  Find some good bird seed, a feeder, and a good strong branch, and you are all set to be entertained by nature's little wonders.  You will be amazed at the sheer variety of birds that will come to visit your feeder. 

Now this would be a rare bird to see in Illinois!
While you're at it, check out a bird book or two from the Roselle Public Library, and then you too,
can identify just what birds are flying by your window.  Was that a Downy Woodpecker or a Black-capped Chickadee?  A Brown-headed Nuthatch or a House Sparrow?  Red-shouldered Hawk or a Red-Tailed Hawk?  There are literally hundreds of different birds to see just in Illinois, so get birding!  Get a notebook and write down every different kind of bird you see, draw them, and listen to their calls.  Keep track from year to year, and soon you will have a life list (all the birds you have seen) a mile long!  Birds are truly beautiful little creatures, so take a few minutes to admire their fine feathers with the kids.

Now, I also know that not everyone is as bird brained as I am.  Wait a minute, that didn't come out right.  Make that has birds on the brain - not everyone has birds on the brain as I do.  There, that's better.  Anyway, maybe you still are getting a little cabin fever and think birding is for the birds.  To combat this, I would check out those classic books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, who just so happens to be celebrating her birthday on Saturday, February 7th.  She would be celebrating her 148th birthday this year.  Not only do we have the original chapter books, but we also have picture books, and DVDs of the television show.
This guy is ready for spring too!

Well, there you have it.  Two perfectly fabulous ways to enjoy nature without truly going out into nature.  Hopefully, someday soon we will thaw out and you will be able to go outside again for more than 10 minutes at a time.  I am waiting for you spring, and I am ready!

Nonfiction Bird Books
Bird Picture Books
Laura Ingalls Wilder's Chapter Books
Laura Ingalls Wilder's Picture Books
Little House on the Prairie DVDs

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