The girls LOVE to go to RAPTOR with me. They like the kestrel immensely. They know how to speak softly and move slowly around the birds. Lorelei kept saying, "Hi there, guy!".
The girls had never seen the mouse colony in the basement, so I showed them today. They didn't ask why the mice are there. Whew.
And finally, a bird that I have been missing for more than a year:
Look closely at this picture and you will see a tree sparrow right in front of the Buddha's face. They are winter birds here in Ohio, but I didn't see ONE last year. There are at least two coming to the feeders these days, and I am very happy to see them. Don't you worry when a bird that is "supposed" to be there, isn't?
ID tip for tree sparrows: From the back, they look just like house sparrows, but look at the head and you will see a dark orangy cap with two dark stripes. And you can differentiate tree sparrows from chipping sparrows by 1. their range, and 2. chipping sparrows are tiny, whereas the tree sparrow is the same size as a house sparrow.