Geoff is the hero around here. The girls really look up to him.
(Notice Nellie running away...again.)
But tree-hugger that I am, I drew the line at kissing wild animals.
It's important to me to teach the girls about the birds I love, and to show them what all the fuss is about. And I don't pull out chicks just for fun. I am also checking the nests for parasites, so I can take action if necessary. And doing head counts.
The girls are being shown the changes a baby chick goes through, and how fast it is.
These little chicks were basically featherless a few days ago, and now pin feathers cover their backs and punk-rocker down crowns their heads.
Lorelei is too young to show just what she knows about birds, but ask Isabelle "what bird is that" and she will nail it every time. I hope our kids grow up to be awesome grown-ups who think before they throw things away, get involved in community clean ups, donate their time to conservation, stop if they see an injured raptor.
I think they are off to a good start.