We go there for dessert. When all the math and reading and other work is done, we head to the woods to feed the birds and marvel at new species we find. It's our reward.
I kid you not, Meg counted 80 "hits" from chickadees, nuthatches and a red-wing blackbird on her hand for seeds. They just kept coming and coming!
Somehow the woods makes the squirrels (which are pesky in our yard) seem so much more interesting. Everyone crouches to entice one.
Julie, our "adopted" daughter since September, experiences her first chickadee landings.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (male)
Kinglet's wife :)
See what I mean?
House Finch couple
Another husband and wife (Mourning Doves)
My mom and the kiddos
Delighting in the touch-down :)
Tree Swallow and Northern Rough-winged Swallow
American Tree Sparrow
Those kiddos of mine clamor into the truck after puffing up the final hilly stretch of the woods, chattering on about what they've seen. It's been a good couple of days saving our dessert for last.