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Birds of a Feather….

04/28/2010

Field Trip Friday (plus a couple more)

I am drawn to nature…not for nature itself, but because it SCREAMS to me about our Creator.  Everything is so intricate and detailed.  I have found myself watching documentaries about nature…Life, for instance.  I love the pictures and “facts”(the little tidbits are awesome, but every other word is about evolution).  I can’t help but see how they miss the whole point.  They are fascinated by nature and don’t see God’s hand in it.  I am fascinated by the Creator through nature.  It makes me worship Him more.

Recently, the boys and I have watched Winged Migration and Equator, both which have amazing facts about birds.  It has piqued our interest in learning more about them.

If you saw my post about spring break, you know that the boys and I went on our very first bird walk.  The guide told us about High Island, by Galveston, TX  where hundreds of migrating birds stop to rest after flying over the Gulf.  Here is a link if you’d like to learn more about it.  Or you can check out Houston Audubon here.

Ang and our clans set out before 6am on Thursday to head down to see how many birds we could see!

We started out at the Boy Scout Woods.  It was pretty slow.  Though we did see a couple different species.  Boston started barking at the first bird we saw :)  As we left, we saw a baby Carolina Wren.  Poor thing fell in a trash bag.  :(  He was rescued by a sweet lady.

Next we headed over to Smith Oaks to the Rookery.  This is where we saw what we had come for!  There was an island not far from where we were walking.  On it were mass amounts of

Roseate Spoonbills,

and Great Egrets.

We also saw countless Scarlet Tanagers.

We even had the privilege of seeing the fuzzy head of a Baby Egret as it poked its little head out of its nest.

We continued our walk where the kiddos found a tree to climb while we watched for birds.

We ate a quick lunch and rested a bit, then it was off to Eubank Woods.  It was a nice, relaxing, peaceful walk.  The kids did great, we even made a birder out of Boston! :)

Next it was back to Smith Oaks.  The late afternoon/early evening was the perfect time to see the birds!  We spent a couple more hours peacefully watching for birds.  During our trip, we saw:

A Carolina Wren, many Scarlet Tanagers, Great Egrets, Herons, Summer Tanager, Eastern Wood Pee-Wee, some kind of woodpecker and hummingbird, Roseate Spoonbills, a Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Red Winged Black Birds, Prothonotary Warblers, a Cerulean Warbler, Baltimore Orioles, Grackles, a Northern Cardinal, and a Tennessee Warbler.  I’m sure there were more that we just didn’t identify.

The rest of our birding clan:

While there, we saw other life as well.

We took the ferry back to Galveston and got some dinner.  The older kiddos crashed soon after we got to the hotel (not before we had some priceless laughs) , and the 3 little ones helped us look through our bird books to see what birds we had seen and listen to their calls.  Boston learned how to push the buttons!

The next morning, we woke up and headed to the beach.  It was very windy.  I loved that it wasn’t too hot :).  However, when we went to put our feet in the water, we realized we weren’t alone :)

Look at the size of that jellyfish!

Man of War

We were careful to step around them to put our feet in…but that wasn’t ok with most of the kiddos.  They did not want anything to do with the jellyfish!

I had to let Boston experience the beach for the first time and he absolutely loved it!  I haven’t seen him this excited about anything before!  It was so sweet!

Hannah, Rylan, Boston, Amber, Will, and Caden

Of course no trip to the beach would be complete without trip to the local old fashioned ice cream shop!  Yes, we eat a lot of ice cream :)  We enjoyed yummy pumpkin pie ice cream, rock candy, and salt water taffy!

Look at those eyes!

The next day, we continued our bird fun by making edible birds nests and filling them with jelly beans!

I can’t help but look at the amazing creatures that we saw over those couple of days and see how much God loves His Creation.  And the truth is plain…that He loves us more than they.  I am grateful for that Love!!

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26

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