This year in Zoology, we have been using Jeannie Fulbright’s book, Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day. One of the projects in there included making Homemade Suet which has brought new birds to our yard. While all the normal Spring and Summer birds have left for warmer climates (smart birds!) we have a number that are now using our bird feeder hanging right outside our kitchen window. Our friend, Luke Haley, a homeschooled young man made us a feeder log for us and we fill it with the suet we learned to make from the Zoology book.
Here are some of the pictures from our kitchen window. One bird is a European Starling. We have not yet identified the other type of bird in the area. My 17 year old took these terrific pictures, so photo credits go to Christina.
Update from May 2008: The kids went on a field trip to the Louisville Zoo today. Christina, Sarah and Anne went into an interactive lorikeet exhibit so they could feed the birds nectar and take some fun pictures. They really enjoyed talking about the differences from the birds we have been seeing at home in our homemade feeders and the birds at the zoo.