Boy Meets Bird


Feeding Birds at the Birds of Vermont Museum
22 February 2009, 4:15 pm
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Bird seed! We got the seed from big cans, and scooped it with little cans. We carried it outside with the basket. Auntie Erin had to shovel, and I spread the seed. We were careful going outside because the roof — icicles and snow. They slide off.

Erin took the high up feeders down so we could fill them. She used a ladder.

My favorite is the mixed seed. I spread it on the ground.

We saw chickadees!

Now I’m going upstairs. Me and Erin are going to listen to birds.

MamaTypist-Interviewer adds: You can watch two of the feeders here:  http://www.birdsofvermont.org/camera.php Sometimes a lot of action; sometimes not.



What He Likes Best
6 November 2008, 11:27 am
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We are filling the feeders. It’s a balmy November morning, maybe already 50°F and due to rise into the 60s. Not really critical, for the birds, this feeding. But we got up early, strangely for us, so why not.

Mama: “What do you like best about feeding the birds?”

LittleBirder: “The way the seeds fall and sprinkle all over.”

And here I was thinking about the birds we see, and he likes the cascading sound and feel. Pay attention to the now, MamaBirder. He is!



Consequences
29 October 2008, 10:47 am
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I am washing dishes, looking out the window at the way last night’s heavy snow*.  It’s bowed the branches of our small trees and various shrubs, making rather lovely arches and temporary small cathedrals. A few usual small birds have been to the mixed-seed feeder we have going at the moment. There’s one right now, making the feeder swing with every attempt; it’s really too large for that feeder.

“Hey, LittleBirder, there’s a Blue Jay in the crabapple tree. Go look!”

He runs to the front door. This is a glass door, and at the moment surprisingly clean. I assumed he’d look through, since the crabapple is only about 8 feet from this door. Plus he’s in jammies, and it’s somewhat chilly, having snowed and all. But no. I hear it swing open.

And surprise, surprise, the Jay flies away. Oh well!

* 1″-2″ very wet and sticky, perfect for snowballs



First Snow
22 October 2008, 7:59 am
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“Mama, birds like the snow because of their warm fur.”

“Hm. I don’t think so.”

and

“Mama, it’s snow time, so we should feed the birds.”



International Migratory Bird Day
17 April 2008, 11:03 am
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Saturday, May 17th, will be International Migratory Bird Day.

Come celebrate at the Birds of Vermont Museum, if you are near Huntington, Vermont, that day!



“Who Cooks For You?”
5 February 2008, 8:54 pm
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Dadda came home after dark and didn’t come inside. He told us to come outside right away to listen to something. It was the Who Cooks For You Owl! We listened and talked back to it.



Mind Your Head
26 January 2008, 8:37 pm
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LittleBirder and I added birdseed to the feeders — until he bent over and klonked his head on the open lid of the big green one.  Ooops.  Poor little guy.

Partly sunny, but no birds (a few whistles and twitters as I walked with Orca). Are they out of the habit of being here because we haven’t put out bird sees/black oil sunflower seed?