A cursory glance did not reveal any butterflies, but suddenly I noticed something bigger! A small, bright yellow bird perched on a flower and nibbling at it! I hushed the kids and tried to point it out quickly. A few moments later it was gone. Maggie (6 years) had seen it, Susannah (4 tomorrow) had not. I promised I'd go home a look up a photo online.
I discovered many photos that looked like this little fellow:
|From www.birdjam.com on the American Goldfinch page.|
Now, maybe I was imagining it or just so unfamiliar with different birds' songs that I can't tell the difference, but a song that was quite similar to the American Goldfinch's kept wafting in the open window as we were sitting in our school room doing our math....
I'm really enjoying Charlotte Mason's focus on nature and especially becoming familiar with the plants and animals in your particular area. How useful! I feel so much more connected to my surrroundings just knowing a tiny bit about them. That's a Maple, this is Queen Anne's Lace, we just saw a Red Admiral and an American Goldfinch! The internet makes it so easy to identify the wildlife you see on a brief walk. And of course Anna Botsford Comstock had something to say about it too. And then there's plenty of fodder for the Nature Journal, which is just the first step into Science.
Oh, and for fun, I was going to add this video, too. For some reason, this bird comes to this family's window every day and knocks!