Notes from Nature
We are seeing so many interesting birds this year and I’ve rarely ever seen the kind of feeder frenzy that we’re seeing here at school in Tucker. We’re seeing mockingbirds and blue jays guarding the feeders. We have seen goldfinches, red house finches, chickadees, catbirds, titmice, white-bellied nuthatches, brown-headed nuthatches, Carolina wrens, downy woodpeckers and hairy woodpeckers. We’ve also seen incredibly red and beautiful cardinals. I think we’re getting more diversity this year because we are using several different kinds of seed instead of just the expensive sunflower seed. Because much of our sunflower seed comes from Russia and they’ve raised the price, sunflower seed has actually almost doubled in cost during the past 18 months.
We are also seeing more turtles than ever before at both of our lakes—Cofer has such a large number that we have even found some very small baby turtles swimming up close to the shore and at Henderson, there are very large snapping turtles sunning themselves and looking about 8 to 10 pounds in size. The bus kids found a big turtle in Hannah’s yard at drop off one day and Emerson found a dinner plate sized box turtle on the playground at Cofer. This must be a turtle year.
If is definitely a bug year—so much rain has given the bugs a serious change to expand their territories, so test drive a few insect repellants to find one you like and use it if you go out onto grass or onto a field to watch baseball. I’m experimenting with a body lotion that has eucalyptus oil in it—feels better than OFF but I’m not sure it’s as effective.