BIRD WATCHING

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Bird watching was not something I did as a hobby before I met my husband and I have to say, it is contagious! I have always had a bird feeder in the garden and since the children were small, it has always been a major attraction.

We move around quite a bit, and a few of the houses we have been in have had no trees, so we have had to be creative when erecting bird feeders! It has always been worth it though. At the moment, our feeder consists of two plant pot holders on top of our post box!

When they were about 3 and 4, I put a pair of binoculars and a bird book near the window where we could see our feeder from. I still remember walking into the lounge one morning and seeing my daughter standing on the couch and banging on the window while trying to balance the binoculars on her nose! When I remarked that she was chasing the birds away, she said, "But Mommy, I have birdwatched those ones already!" She laughs about it now, but I still find her on the couch peering through the binoculars regularly! In fact, she can navigate her way quite quickly around the bird guide and knows more birds than I do now!

We quickly get to know the birds of the area, and there is great excitement when there is a new visitor!

Bird watching, child nature activities, birds, learning about birds, watching birds

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