Tuesday, May 07, 2013

for the birds

We live on a lovely corner lots that sits on a wetland- which means we have neighbors on one side and wildlife 
on the other! From deer to wild rabbits to squirrels to coyotes to eagles to ducks and a variety of birds- we are 
surrounded by all creatures great and small! 

It was our plan, when we left our busy and hectic life in Southern California, to get back to nature and instill
a passion (that both Andy and I grew up with) in Lucy for the outdoors. And now that we are getting a settled into 
our new digs, we have begun the process of showing Lucy all the simple wonders of nature.

Since Lucy is smitten with birds we have been setting up feeders in our yard.
(yes, Andy climbed that tree barefoot)

It turns out that the best location for bird watching has become our window seat which over looks 
our deck/backyard and it was the perfect place to add a tray bird feeder. Andy created a SUPER simple design 
and knocked it out in a matter of minutes. 

We've had all kinds of birds and squirrels visiting the feeder throughout the day and Lucy loves sitting in 
the window to watch. Its so much fun to see her face light and hear her yell B I R D when a bird flies in 
for a treat.

Its even become a wonderful source of sketching and photography inspiration for me!


We are hoping this is just the beginning of making nature a part of our everyday life!

24 comments:

  1. I love this idea and how lucky for you to have these cute little creatures next door. That first photo is stunning! It's awesome that your helping to feed them and giving a perfect spot for Lucy to enjoy them too.

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  2. The birds over there are very pretty. We have a feeding place in our garden to so we can enjoy the little bird that live here in the nethelands.
    Liefs, Melanie

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  3. The birds over there are very pretty feed them and giving a perfect spot for Lucy to enjoy them too.runescape gold sites


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  4. You live in a BEAUTIFUL place, Alisa!
    I LOVE nature and the outdoors too! Lucy is a very lucky little girl, growing up amidst such beautiful nature and animals!

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  5. what a beautiful blue bird ! I will surely paint it sometime too

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  6. Oh!
    What a beautiful blue feathers...

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  7. Wow...pretty bird. Is that a Steller's jay?
    Does Lucy have a bird book? My daughter loved birds at that age too...we gave her a kids bird book but she preferred the adult ones...more bird pictures to look at. She would try to imitate their calls, but the only one she was any good at was teh blue jay.

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  8. Thanks so much for all of his info,,,,,,,,

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  9. Thanks so much for all of his info,,,,,,,,

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  10. lucky you!! pl share a very simple bird feeder idea which even kids can do!!

    http://kalasirjana.blogspot.in/

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  11. When we moved to Missouri almost 2 years ago I was thrilled to see so many birds, squirrels, and bunnies right in my own backyard. Both of my children (3 and 18 mo) love to point out the animals they see and fill up the bird feeders.

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  12. Wow! You caught a beautiful shot of that bird. Gorgeous color and I can see why you were inspired to sketch and paint it.

    Out in nature is the perfect place to teach our children natural and wonderful things....and your little one is so blessed to have her mommy and daddy who made this move so she could be raised there.

    Lee Ann

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  13. What a gorgeous Stellar's Jay! You are lucky to have such beautiful animals in your yard.

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  14. LOVE THIS!!! :) xoxxo

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  15. wonderful pictures.

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  16. Is that a Stellar Jay? He is sure pretty. You have some wonderful photos here.
    Glad I came a visiting your blog for my first time.

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  17. livethegoldenrule9:05 PM

    WOW.....just beautiful.

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  18. Your husband is very clever at building things,, just like my hubby.I really like what you did with the chair, amazing!

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  23. Alissa, love that blue bird! What is it? I'm like you... love to have the bird feeder out where the kiddos and I can watch all the wildlife visit. Some of our favorites are cardinals, yellow finches, squirrels and chipmunks. There's something peaceful about these little creatures!

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  24. Ahhh,
    Gods wonders brought right to YOU!
    His gift to us.

    Time for a pulley system...rope and sash for your husbands feeder filling ease!
    Works wonders and assures you won't get tired of filling the feeder...and another great learning tool for your sweet daughter:)
    Laura

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