Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Nature Study: The Dark-Eyed Junco

We do not see the cute little feathered penguins (as we like to call them) until there is a good covering of snow on the ground. Once we have a couple inches of snow their visits to our feeder are as frequent as the sparrows that live here year round.

The Engineer laughed when he saw this compilation of photos. He says I should have put the feeder one at the top and the snow one at the bottom. I see what he means, but for now, it is what it is :o).

Today, the children and I pulled out our much neglected nature journals and spent some time drawing, colouring, and learning more about these feisty little birds. We are so glad they stop by our feeder and keep us entertained!

l-r Peach's, Squirt's

l-r Beans's, Bub's

Yes, I did one too.


  1. I love this! My nephew kept a bird journal for years, starting in elementary school (my sis's home school)! He talked birds a lot! Your photos are awesome!

  2. Oh so cute love that bird I have never seen one before the sketching Looks wonderful Great Job .....ugh we need to do some nature studies as well. are books are getting dusty ~Blessings Heather

  3. Wow This is really cool. Faith has just started keeping a journal. She seems to like to draw in it mostly.

  4. Those are great! Looks like a lot of fun. You're a very good sketch artist, along with your kids. :D

  5. What a lovely bird! Everyone's nature journal is really lovely.

  6. Such a cute bird! It is cool to see everyone's different drawings.

  7. I love the drawings. Birds are so beautiful... great job!

    In regards to your comment on my blog, yes let's hold each other accountable! That would be great! Maybe on Friday afternoon we can email or chat on Facebook( are you on Facebook) with our progress! My email is & my Facebook is Evangeline Snyder Staker, let me know what way you want to go about this! Thanks for your support & tips!


  8. Absolutely wonderful drawings in your nature journals. I have always felt a certain propensity for the little modest juncos. I love how you call them feathered penguins!

  9. I'm so glad you took pictures of the nature journals. I had some of my homeschoolers do this, too, and though they grumbled about it at times, they were so proud of the pages they had crafted when they looked back later on. Now that I am reminded of them, I want to look again, too, but I'm afraid they are not in my house any longer!

  10. Thank you everyone for your sweet words. It was a good feeling to be working in our nature journals again.



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