Category Archives: Education

Close encounters of the bird kind

B12 and I are continuing our study of ecosystems with another family so we made the most of the good weather last week to take another field trip. I shared pictures of our first field trip here. Our trip last week was to a local woodland area with many trails which pass through various types of ecosystems. B12 & P12 were on the lookout for the flora and fauna in each different area but ended up being most interested in the birds we saw.

After waiting and changing location a couple of times B & P’s patience with the chickadees was rewarded.

We saw this little nuthatch next.

The highlight of the day came just as we were about to finish our walk. A barred owl swooped through the woods ahead of us. It passed a few feet from B12’s face and then landed in a tree about 15 metres away. We went as close as we could and I snapped a few photos. I’ll include the full photo first to see if you can pick it out; the camouflage is superb. (click on photos to enlarge)

Did you spot it? We wondered what it was doing flying around in the middle of the day. There is a bird sanctuary in the area so perhaps it had a day pass.

 

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Our graduate

Last week our seventeen year old daughter graduated from high school. We attended her graduation with pride and delight as her final year of high school, the only one she has spent at school, has been a wonderful one for her. After homeschooling all her life she attended our local high school for grade 12. She has thoroughly enjoyed learning in a classroom setting, has worked very hard and has achieved excellent results.

She also made wonderful friends who made school all the more enjoyable.