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Visual Monday: Birds

Well, the sweetly singing birds are waking us up, the grass is turning greener, and Spring is clearly not being left behind! One of my favorite things about Spring is the 'coming home' party the birds seem to put on. The other day we had over 100 birds in our yard and a surrounding yard and it was loud with twittering between old friends, mates, and roomies taking over their home neighborhood. Needless to say, we didn't venture outside without hoods on that day...!
My mom is a 'birder' (someone who loves to spot, record, etc. birds and their calls out in nature) and I think with every passing Spring time I start to like the hobby more, too. I have recently taught my kids the sound of a woodpecker, as we can often hear the heart noise around 9Am in our neck of the woods. They stop what they're doing and try to spot him first.
I'm so happy they are learning to appreciate the little creatures that we share our land with. As I grew up the same way, I am enjoying the cultivation of my young minds and taking care of the world they are growing up in. As for you? Perhaps some of you dislike birds. Believe me, I've had my fair share of being pooped on from above...but I still love birds.
Cheesy? Probably. But so darn cute.
(is that not a great shot?)

Love the symbolism here.
Love this naturalist's art. I see learning inspiration.
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What is your favorite memory of Spring time? Is it something you notice growing, returning, or that you can smell in the Spring? Do tell!
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All pictures via weheartit.com

Comments

Hearthandmade said…
oh i love that first picture!! That journal is fantastic too. i cant wait for the sun to come out so i can take my journal out and do some spying

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