Hi, today I had my Grand Daughters, Phoebe 6 and Millie 5. Firsts for them today, whilst we were in the garden, was a Jay not one, but two !! , my girls faces were a picture!! and a second first was juvenile Starlings, lots of "ahhhhs" all round !! Phoebe also knew a Magpie feather, a Wood Pigeons feather and a Great Spotted Woodpeckers feather without me telling her and she's yet to see a GSW,(only told her about GSW's once) so I thought all that was amazing, she just has a natural talent for recognising birds feathers, a future bird watcher and possible ornithologist if ever there was one lol
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Well done both granddaughters for the interest and Phoebe for the feather ID. It sometimes does need a grandma to inspire! I hope they continue the interest.
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Hi Birdie Wild, Ain't Grand-kids brilliant!!!!!!!!!! (keep an eye out for the postman for the girls)
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Well done Birdie it sounds like they really love the outdoors and nature, hope you can keep them interested and you never know we may be looking at a future president of the RSPB.
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That's lovely Birdie - great to hear your grandchildren are taking such an interest - long may it continue. If they are that knowledgeable already, they are going to be real experts when they grow up You must be a good teacher!
Well done to both of your granddaughters! What lovely girls, and what fab talent! :)
Your bringing them up well Gran lol
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@ Thankyou for your kind words everybody xx
@ Grandpaddy Mick, Thankyou !!! I shall let you know of the arrival and the reaction !!! xx
I have them again for the day on Monday, lol, I'm hoping we shall go for a walk that day, weather permitting lol!
Birdie Wild ,take them out what ever the weather throws at you!! Jump in the puddles with them that's what Grannies and Grandpaddy's do (Don't we)? hee!hee!
Yes Mick, you're right !!! I will !!! LOL !!!
Excellent, your grandchildrens introduction to birdlife will be a lifelong interest I can assure you.
When my young neice and nephew come to visit their dad takes them to feed the ducks and geese at the local lake beforehand. They love looking in my bird books and telling me what they have seen, usually Mallard, Swans and Canadian Geese.
On one visit my nephew said I'm bored so i took him to the local nature reserve. He amazed me when he said " I want to see a Heron, are there any here ". "Yes" I replied "I know just where to go". How excited he was after clambering up on the bench in the said bird hide, to see not one, but three Heron at close range.
That day we saw about 35-40 species. He said "this is the best day of my life" He was only 6, bless!
If it's not outdoors it's not worth watching.
Such a lovely experience, Snowman.
It's Monday so hope you're having lots of fun, Birdie Wild!
Hope you have had some good sightings today... mind you, any bird is exciting when you're little (and when you're grown up, actually... never mind the teenage years, ha ha) You are just the one to get them keen on nature at an early age, good on yer Birdie!! XX
Best Wishes, Rosy
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HiSnowman, that's really lovely,and a wonderful memory, very,very special.
Hi Snapdragon, and Rosy, thankyou, we had a smashing day today.
We had a lovely walk this morning over an area at the back of where I live, part of which is an area of scientific interest ( we avoid that, due to respect for it's protection) and passed by the pond, my girls fed the Swans and saw two baby coots and watched the parents diving and feeding them. We went on to a beautiful area full of Meadow Cranes bill and Oxeye Daisies, there's so much of the cranes bill that the beauty was eye popping as we walked along by which time it was raining but we kept going and had the most loveliest of times. In the afternoon the girls made a nest each ! they consisted of old ice cream tubs filled with leaves and grass and rose petals and ants !! If any of you on here can guess what bird they made the nest for, you shall have the deepest of respect from me !! (there is a clue).