Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Bye Bye Birdies…… June 25, 2011

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So, now we officially have 2 empty nests at our house.  Yep…the little baby killdeer clan and the little baby robin clan have both left the nest and are playing in the neighborhood.  And both bird families were kind enough to allow us to see their babies grow up.  Now we get to watch them run all over the yard.

Here are some pictures of the last week with the 8 babies…

The little Robins Four, the day before flying lessons.

 

Waiting for breakfast

 

Resting up for the big moment...

 

The biggest of the birds making his final preparations for takeoff...

 

Seconds before take-off! (Which I didn't know was about to happen. And the bird ended up springing right towards me and almost landed right on me!)

 

And his big landing...right at the foot of the fencepost the nest was on. After peeking around at the kids, he decided to take off running around in the fields.

 

One of the killdeer babies running around near the raspberry bushes.

 

Mama killdeer and her baby

 

Little baby killdeer walking down the sidewalk

 

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Baby Birds, week 1 June 18, 2011

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So far, mama bird has been letting the kids and I look at her babies every day this week.  She doesn’t seem at all stressed, and just sits on a nearby post and watches us or goes off and catches a few worms and then comes back to feed her babies after we’ve taken a quick peek.  It’s amazing how big the babies are getting and how much they are changing!

Day 2:

Three little ones, just a day old

Waiting for food

Stretching their bodies

Day 3:

And baby #4 is born!

The older babies are starting to get some fluffy feathers

Sleepy babies!

Day 4:

The little ones are starting to fill the nest a bit more now!

Getting a little fuzzier!

Two interesting things...first, you can see the bone structure in the wings starting to form. Second, you can see the fecal sac--mama bird either eats it, or carries it off like a trash bag, depending on the age of the baby. This helps keep the nest clean.

Day 5:

The little guys are really getting bigger! There's a lot less room in the nest today.

 

We're still here! May 25, 2011

We haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, despite my lack of posting. 🙂  The weather is finally getting nicer here, so we’ve been out of the school room and spending our days outside gardening and enjoying nature.  I’ve also been spending this time getting prepared to start homeschooling Jedi in June.  We got our homeschooling approval letter from our county, and Jedi’s officially excused from school after the end of this school year.

So, while I get prepared for that, Monkey and Bug have been spending less time in the school room.  That’s ok though–like I said, it’s been gorgeous out and that’s what they need to be concentrating on right now. 🙂  That, and the school room is under construction again (about a month and a half ago, we had a flood in our house that destroyed part of our first floor and finished basement, and so the insurance company and contractors have it torn apart so it can be fixed again. 🙂 )  So, my regular montessori and homeschooling posts will be back mid June. 🙂

In the meantime…here are some pictures of our outdoor learning…

A gorgeous post-thunderstorm sunset.

We have a guest living in our garden beds! I went out to pick salad greens, and found this killdeer egg.

Day 2...a 2nd egg showed up!

And here's mama bird! She lets me go over to the garden, but if the kids come over, she does some cool theatrics. Killdeer pretend to have a broken wing if something comes too close to the nest. They hope that the predator will follow the easy prey (hurt bird) and leave the nest alone, but then when you come close to the bird, it up and flies away. The broken wing 'dance' is amazing!

More of the wing dance...

More of the wing dance...

More of the wing dance...

Mama bird watching me harvest.

Day 3! A third egg!

Turkey vulture really close to the house.

Frogs in our little pond

Bigger frog in the pond

The garden beds--where the killdeer nest is has the herbs, next to it has the salad greens, spinach, broccoli, and oregano. There is also red potatoes, cilantro, onions, green onions, cantelope, bush beans, and cucumbers.

The first box is strawberries, the second box has green peppers, banana peppers, hot peppers, and lemon basil. The far box has tomatoes and basil.