A couple of weeks ago I had a surprise visit from 2 young bird nerds. We all enjoyed an impromptu bird walk in and around my yard (click here for previous blog entry), which thankfully is loaded with oak trees, even though it's not quite a quarter of an acre in size. I also basically let our yard go pretty wild, with little to no maintenance, which I'm not sure the neighbors appreciate, but the birds and other wildlife who visit prefer! I gave next boxes to my pals and asked that they decorated them as they saw fit and when they hung the box somewhere, could they please send me a photo so I could see their progress. So far - I have received one response... Please see photo below of both a beautifully painted nest box ready for spring nesters, and a very happy young ornithologist. (double click photo to enlarge)
In the words of Rachel Carson: "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder... he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."