We have two new birdfeeders on our deck and a hummingbird feeder. Especially built for our deck by my husband’s friend. They are huge and wonderful, and of course filled with food. We have been waiting for the birds to discover them. We want them to come to the deck so we can watch them more closely. We added a bird bath in the back yard too. Now it really feels like a bird sanctuary!
When our granddaughter was a tiny baby, my sister Nancy sent her some talking birds. The cardinal sounded like the real cardinal and he was Jessica’s favorite of all. Nancy knew that my legally blind husband loves the bird sounds and identifying them, and she was sure Poppy and little baby Jessica would enjoy those birds – and she was right. The birds made authentic sounds and I found them again on Amazon. What a beautiful gift for your grandchildren.
American Goldfinch – Audubon Plush Bird (Authentic Bird Sound)Northern Cardinal – Audubon Plush Bird (Authentic Bird Sound)Blue Jay – Audubon Plush Bird (Authentic Bird Sound)Common Loon – Audubon Plush Bird (Authentic Bird Sound)
What none of us realized at the time, was that Jessica was really paying very close attention to those bird sounds. Jessica is school-age now and this afternoon, she went out on the deck and “talked” to the cardinals in their language. She whistled and whistled and told me that she invited them to come eat. In a very few minutes, we had cardinals at the new feeders — and a few hummingbirds, too.
Coincidence? I don’t think so. I think Jessica’s “whistle” was very familiar to them. I saw it happen. Just like I saw my friend Kate play music for the alligators at Seabrook — and yes, this big mama gator suddenly rose from the depths of the lake. Right in front of my eyes!
You can teach your grandchildren bird songs identification from any of these resources if you do not remember from your childhood. What a wonderful legacy to leave with our precious grandchildren.
Bird Songs From Around the WorldA Field Guide to Bird SongsBird Songs Bible: North American BirdsNorth American Birds SoundsCommon Birds and Their Songs (Book and CD)Birdsong by the Seasons: A Year of Listening