Every day the children go out to the garden to pick some lettuce for our salad. And every day a little black capped bird flitters and flutters about angrily. There was a nest hidden in the lettuce bed. This was the SECOND nest we had found on the ground. The first one was found under a thorny blackberry branch. Unfortunately, it was discovered by a local dog and destroyed.
"It's a chickadee's nest, Mom." The children insisted.
"Nope. Can't be. Chickadees make their nests at least a meter off the ground."
"It IS, Mom." Look at the eggs. White with brown specks. Look at the nest. Looks exactly like a chickadee nest."
"But why would a chickadee put it's nest in the ground?" Mom wondered.
Then I remembered some pictures Sophia had loaded on her own blog. We went to look at them. It was not a chickadee. After some research we found that this was a Junco. Their eggs look just like chickadee eggs and they make their nests in the ground. Isn't homeschool great?!
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.