So…. part 5! (This was before spring break, which feels like eons ago!) For part 5 in our garden journals, I had the kids copy pictures of all the birds we commonly see in our backyard. We used colored pencils, which are my favorite! We learned that the birds I was calling turtle doves are actually mourning doves. I also learned their sound is much like an owl, and I grew up hearing them so they must live near my parents, as well!
My favorite bird, (which I sadly did not capture with my camera this time), was the cedar waxwing. We were surprised to find 4 or 5 of them huddling around a puddle in our backyard one Sunday morning before church. When we looked up their breed, we discovered they are a northwest bird, who were probably just down here for the winter. We have not seen one since! Thankfully, we still see robins once in a while and hummingbirds daily.