Our Backyard Birds

We have a crape myrtle in our backyard that a pair of Northern Mockingbirds have made a home in… We watched as they built their nest from sticks and other yard items. This past Tuesday, Ian noticed that there was an egg in their nest! A beautiful one, at that. Then yesterday (Thursday) we saw there was another egg! It is fascinating to watch the birds protect their nest and babies as squirrels attempt to get at it. Something that we learned in home school last year was that gray squirrels like to steal eggs to eat (A great book is The Burgess Animal Book for Children). It is truly amazing to see the defense and attacks that take place on the utility wires that run high above our back fence… the squirrel is chased away by the swooping, attacking bird (we think it must be the daddy bird). To learn more about Northern Mockingbirds (which happens to be Florida’s state bird) click here. God’s creation is amazing! Enjoy the pictures (courtesy of Ian)!

The Crape Myrtle... The nest is in the very center.

The Crape Myrtle... The nest is in the very center.

Bird on a wire

Bird on a wire

The beginning stage of their nest.

The beginning stage of their nest.

The nest... complete!

The nest... complete!

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Their eggs... they are beautiful!

Their eggs... they are beautiful!

2 Responses to Our Backyard Birds

  • Cris says:

    We have been studying birds for a few months and we are just amazed at how they work. God created such neat animals.

    I have some neat posts about the bird banding that we went to recently, owl pellets and a good link to a bird coloring book that you can download for free.

    Just scroll down until you find the posts.

  • carolyn says:

    Thanks Cris! I took a peek at your blog… I’ll have to explore more thoroughly sometime soon! We may go ahead and make this a quick unit study before our end of year evaluations (May 23rd!)… Hope you all are settling in well in TN!

    Blessings,
    Carolyn