Quickie Update April


Howdy, friends and followers!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the sound bytes, photos, and re-posts since the last update. Now in the thick of spring migration, pretty much any spare time is spent outdoors watching for birdie passers-through. Just today, I watched as an unknown hawk — Swainson’s? White-tailed? — hover-hunted the ditch along a busy stretch of highway. I pulled off to watch, in awe, but without a camera or field lens, all I could do is cross my arms, lean on the hood, and enjoy the moment. Would have been great to get a photo, and given his proximity it would have been a head-and-shoulders shot for sure!

It’s the very best of living in my book, enjoying these moments as they happen.

With spring birding sprinkled in with life as Mother, Learning Coach, and Homemaker, I’m afraid there won’t be a whole lot of new posting action (aside from short ones like this) for the next few weeks until we come back inside. I will continue to re-post some old ones, because they’ll be new to most of you anyway.

In the meantime, welcome to DirtNKids, New Followers! With or without posts, these albums are always up-to-date at my SmugMug home:

2017 Baby Wrens — Video, photos…FUN! The baby bluebirds have already fledged, but you can watch life unfold on our back porch, very soon to end. They are going fledge within the next few days.

2017 Bird Sightings — we are currently at 217 Species … our highest count to date in April. In this photo album is a collection of our ‘tick-offs,’ most recently a Long-tailed Duck and Groove-billed Ani we could never have hoped see, much less capture with a photograph. Priceless.

Feel free to comment or email; the pocket computer keeps me engaged with you all. I’m enjoying your blogs when I can — on the go. Cheers!

~ Shannon @ DirtNKids Blog

Quickie Update

Hello, everyone. A quickie note — there’s been a lot going on here.

Between school and spring yard clean-up and mulching, birding and outings, music lessons, and planning for the spring break week off (next week…eeek!), I’ve not had any time to put a new post together. It’s not because I haven’t tried; hopefully I will be able to crank some out row during the time off.

When was it you last visited the blog rather than read in your RSS feed or in your email inbox? That is, actually going to dirtnkids.wordpress.com home page? Even though I’ve not been regularly blogging (writing, reading), you might enjoy how I keep things from getting too stagnant at my digital home-away-from-home.

Its a bit like moving the furniture whenever I get bored. (My husband hates that, by the way, so I do it here instead.)

When you do visit, a ‘sticky post’ with nature sound will be playing for your listening pleasure while you browse (I change this in Admin), a ‘Trending Dirt’ section of posts recently visited by others (others change this), and a handful of WordPress Blogger Posts that I enjoyed reading (changes with every ‘like’ I click).

Go ahead…click away! And certainly comment if you like…I’d love to hear from each and everyone one of you! Cheers…and happy spring-y days.

~ Shannon @ DirtNKids Blog
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Dirt Play Menu Item

Hi all. I’ve created a third set of pages called ‘Dirt Play.’ You’ll find it at the top of the blog’s home page with the other menu items.

I love organizing my digital space, and you’ll love the sweet, happy, dirt-y faces that greet you there. Within it are links to the Keyhole, the Lasagna Square Foot, and the more recent School Gardens project. Go ahead…click the link!

New!! Page: Dirt Play

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

Do you remember the Hummingbird post from a couple of weeks back?  One of the birds already had a band on her foot, you know, the barely visible band with even less visible teensy numbers and letters etched on it.

We received a post card about her:  

“The hummingbird you adopted last Saturday at GCBO was originally banded at GCBO last fall on September 11, 2013.  This is a significant recapture, because we get very few of the same from year to year.  Congratulations on your very special bird!  Just think how many miles she has flown! “

The children clamored to look at a map of North America, did some quick head math.  Wowza.  That’s 20 miles per day with a 500-mile non-stop trip across the Gulf of Mexico…at least twice.

She’s no WyldStyle.  That chick earned a new name from her young sponsor:  Magellan.

We are now down to maintaining one feeder (of the three kept during fall migration).  Though the swarms and “Hummer Warz” are gone for the year, we still watch a migrant here or there, happy to find a feeder all to himself.  By December, we’ll begin hosting some of our cold weather variety, like the Rufous Hummingbird from Christmas which started it all.

Do you maintain any bird feeders?  

Do you keep nectar feeders up during the winter?