We had a family of cardinals in our home garden in June. We had watched the mom and dad build their nest and soon discovered the eggs in there. Before we knew it, we heard tiny chirps. For a week I would go out and take a picture every day.
We talk a lot to the kids in the Titan Garden about how our garden supports more than just plants. It supports an entire food chain starting from plants and worms and moving up to larger animals like coyotes and hawks. Even though we may not see these big animals, what grows in our garden and the habitat we have created supports their food chain at the bottom. And the kinder and 1st graders know that a food chain without a strong bottom of the chain just falls apart. (Remember playing the Food Chain Game, guys? When we needed to have more worms and beetles?)
So while we focus a lot on the plants that grow in the garden, I’d like to share some pictures of the birds that may also be living in our school garden habitat, like the ones that were born in my home garden.
The next day, the little birds were gone. They were fairly well protected in our climbing rose, so I hope they just began their life out of the nest.