Last year I saw them once. This time they were around for several days. I had as many as five males at once.
|The one on the right is the female. She's well camouflaged.|
I frequently get American Goldfinches,
and sometimes Downy Woodpeckers.
The American Robins love my birdbath!
Once I even had a stray Indigo Bunting.
Last summer I watched as a pair of House Wrens courted, chose our birdhouse, feed their young and they fledged.
I have seen thirty-four kinds of birds in my back yard!
Are you wondering what all these beautiful birds have to do with family mealtimes?
I call the bird world I see from my desk window "my soap opera". I watch birds fight, court, mate, have babies, raise them, send them off, and even die (when a hawk got one sparrow and when a Goldfinch crashed into my window too hard). And it gives me a wonderful topic of conversation with my family. They might think I'm a bit "bird brained" about it. But what an opportunity to revel in God's marvelous creativity, to praise Him for it, to remind us all that God knows when even a sparrow falls, and to show them how a hobby that isn't electronic can be amazing, fun, and educational all at once.
Do you share your discoveries with your children? Do you teach them by example about how to develop their interests, even if they don't become experts? Do you talk about the wonders and care of God in everyday conversation?
I am a firm believer in our example being our biggest ministry. Our children, and others, are watching us all the time. When they see us do something right, it registers. I can't tell you how many times people have said to me, "I was watching how you related to your children and husband..." Kind of scary to think what they might see.
So what is your conversation topic example around your table teaching your children?
Connect your family with its past: For ideas on this see Family Day.