I so excited that I saw a the Cedar Waxwing. I officially added him to my Great Year LIST today. I wanted to list all the perching birds I have seen so far.
1) American Robin
2) Blue Jay
3) Common Grackle
4) Eastern Wood-Pewee
5) Black-Capped Chickadee
6) House Sparrow
7) American Tree Sparrow
8) Song Sparrow
9) Chipping Sparrow
10) House Finch
11) Purple Finch
12) Dark Eyed Junco
13) Brown Thrasher
14) Red-winged Blackbird
and 15) A CEDAR WAXWING!
Dear Diary, I know I told you about my Dad saving snow. What I didn’t tell you is that he does not remove snow from the ground where there is soil or plants. He only collects the snow off our many roofs on our farm, and some places where there are slabs of concrete. The old slabs are on our farm from the previous farmer. A tornado many years ago past through and took away some of the farmer’s barns!
If you have any ideas about new uses for slabs of concrete email me at:
Thank you. Enjoy Spring!
In honor of the Bufflehead I saw I made a list of Wisconsin duck-like birds
you should have on your GREAT YEAR LIST:
4) American Black Duck
5) Blue-winged Teal
6) Hooded Merganser
7) Red-Breasted Merganser
8) Ruddy Duck
9) Greater Scaup
10) Common Goldeneye
11) Pied-billed Grebe
12) Green-winged Teal
13) Lesser Scaup
14) Northern Shoveler
15) Horned Grebe
AND 16) A BUFFLEHEAD!
It was 4:37 PM when Myles and I were walking slowly up the hill
and onto the gravel path that leads to our house. Myles meets me
everyday by our mailbox when I come home from school.
Today, Myles was extra grumpy, or growl-ie, his teeth were showing.
I didn’t know what to expect as we got closer to the front of the
house. Last night I opened the front door quickly and threw bird
seed onto the stump near the porch.
All of a sudden we heard a branch crack and leaves crunch. We looked in front of us and there was the evil, red squirrel. He is much bigger than I thought. He almost looks as big as Myles. I thought we might see the red squirrel again so I had packed a small bag full of bird seed in my pocket. I threw the bag onto the ground near the squirrel as we ran by him and up the steps onto our porch. I could not open the front door quick enough, but the squirrel was busy eating the bird seed.
I don’t know what will happen when I come home from school tomorrow.
MY FAVORITE WISCONSIN BIRDS:
1) Common Loon
2) Ruddy Duck
3) Sandhill Crane
4) Green Heron
5) American White Pelican
6) Ruby-throated Hummingbird
7) Pileated Woodpecker
8) Lesser Yellowlegs
9) Turkey Vulture
10) Indigo Bunting
11) Cedar Waxwing
12) Nashville Warbler
13) Common Crackle
14) Barred Owl
16) American Coot
17) Herring Gull
18) Tundra Swan
19) Northern Shoveler
20) Wild Turkey
There so many birds that live in Wisconsin I cannot list them all.
I think I might change the list in a couple of weeks it depends
on which birds show up for my Great Year project.
The crocuses are blooming around our farm house. We did not plant them, the flowers came with the house!
I can’t wait to start my smell research project again. As you know one of my favorite flower smells is the one that smells like Chocolate.
I think I would like to make my own perfume with Wisconsin prairie flowers.
I am excited that Earth Day is coming soon!!!
Today, I wrote a letter after school to my best friend in Tuvalu, Raita. I made some new stationery, with recycled paper and added seeds into it as it dried. I know she will plant the stationery in her garden after she reads my letter.
I invited her to visit me this Summer in Wisconsin. I hope she can come here to see my farm, and meet my forest friends. I know she would like meeting Jezebel too. I am sure she would like to see the Earth’s Clubhouse, and all the experiments my friends and I are doing to save the planet.
My Dad is driving me tomorrow in Morrie the Electric Truck to Viroqua so I can pick out some pretty stamps at the Post Office. I hope I am finished with my letter writing by then! I like to write!
I don’t want to forget to tell you that I am growing snow peas, lettuce, and tomatoes in my hoop houses! I am also building a terrarium that people can put on their bikes.
But the most important thing to report is Spring is here, and the Red wing Blackbirds have returned too!
Today I went up the hill behind our house and looked at Asimina my favorite tree in the whole world. She is so beautiful every season. I imagined it was Summer and I was visiting her,
with Myles, and my forest friends. I imagined she had Paw Paw fruit in her branches and that we would be bringing the harvest to our house.
Today I watched the farmer down the street from our house walk up and down the backyard stairs that go to the bottom of a very big hill. Every time he went down the stairs he disappeared behind the green grass hill! At first, I could only see his shoulders, head and hat and then as he went down the stairs I would only see his hat until I could not see him any more. It reminded me of Tuvalu when I would play with my classmates in the lagoon and we would walk on our knees in the sand until we were underwater.
The farmer is very kind. He rents a field to my Amish friend’s family. Her family grows hay for horses in our community.