We sat at our patio table, drinking cool drinks, and whispering our excitement when a bird would come to the feeder. We saw five different varieties in about 15 minutes (which was as long as I could keep her sitting and quiet). Later, we went to National Geographic's Backyard Birding Page to identify those we saw. I plan to print out the pictures so she can cut them out and paste them into her nature book, a notebook where she adds pictures, leaves, and other things that fascinate her from outside.
Many birds will never touch a birdfeeder, which is why I am trying to increase the number of native plants and shrubs on our property. I just planted a gorgeous Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin', which I hope will attract different birds, like cedar waxwings.
|American cardinal (the Illinois state bird)|
|English house sparrow (considered a pest)|
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