I remember visiting my great-grandparents as a kid and listening to them talking about the birds they were watching in their backyard. They could see a huge tree from their rocking chairs, and they could always identify the birds they saw. I admired how much they knew about the world around them.
On the other hand, there aren’t many birds that I can identify immediately. Somehow bird identification never really crossed my educational radar, but my kids love it. We keep animal identification books on hand, and they can often be seen flipping through them to find an animal that they’ve spotted through the window.
It’s really coming into play lately, though. With the weather alternately warm and seriously cold, we’re seeing large amounts of birds in the backyard.
Then we realized that we could carefully sneak out the back door and onto the deck, which is elevated above much of the backyard. From that vantage point we have been able to get some great pictures of the birds feeding all over the backyard.
Can you identify these birds?
Aren’t they beautiful?
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