We did not plan anything for Earth Day. I knew we would spend time outside. We always do. I thought it would be nice to have a picnic lunch and maybe gather some sticks and things to make a little craft.
The kids woke with other ideas. It was all about the birds. The books were spread out. The supplies were assessed. Alternatives were found. Feed and water stations were made out of large turnips found in the veggie bin. They were hung in the apricot tree! It was a whirlwind of activity after breakfast...
Then we watched...
The guide books were brought out. Discussions were had about the various birds we have yet to see here.
And we watched.
We saw our first hummingbird of the season. As if on cue it showed up just as the little hummingbird bath turnip was being hung. That provided some extra motivation to sit and wait quietly for more birds... and to get a new hummingbird feeder!
We also saw throughout the day...
red tail hawk
a blue heron
and a mystery bird we have yet to ID
But no one visited the feeders...
Time. It takes time. I can be hard to wait but I am looking forward to the moment when one of the kids comes running into the kitchen to report a feeder sighting. That will spark a whole new round of birdie excitement!
Are you bird watchers?