Never thought I'd feel this way, but I love birding with our baby girl. Despite only being able to go out for short periods of time and her controlling much of what we do (diapers, bottles, and snuggles are at her demand), I love sharing the sights and sounds of nature with her.
We went out into the world for three days in a row, looking at birds, listening to the leaves rustle in the wind, and smelling the fresh air. On day three, we even participated in the Brooklyn Birdathon and had a very very special sight!
Our first day was baby's first Elizabeth Morton NWR experience along with grandma too. In addition to the chickadees, titmouse, and nuthatch beggars, we saw a few other friends too, like this very boisterous Carolina Wren. This and another Carolina Wren came falling to the ground in a scuffle ball, then chasing each other after hitting the ground. Then some much needed rest. A blackpoll warbler sat out of the way of the wrens to bask in the warm sun.
|The next day (last Friday), we did a walk around Marine Park. A beautiful day is wasted if you don't get outside for even just a little bit!|
This cedar waxwing sat low and in the warm sun.
|It also showed us its wax wing. See those little red waxy things? That's its name!|
|A bonus sparrow... a white-crowned sparrow!|
Among the many song, swamp, and white-throated sparrows, there was this juvenile white-crowned!
|Another "always happy to see" bird, a the blue-headed vireo. Also super close, just above eye level.|, Saturday morning, the kiddo and I did our first Birdathon. Our first bird sighted was this great egret. We call them all GREG, so we always wave hello to GREG's when we see them.
(Heck, I wave to every bird...)
Here you can see the yellow on its belly. This birds coloration makes them look similar to the lichens growing on the trees they cling to.