"'Education is the Science of Relations'; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we train him upon physical exercises, nature lore, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books, for we know that our business is not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of––
'Those first-born affinities,
That fit our new existence to existing things.'"

Charlotte Mason, A Philosophy of Education
with a quote from The Prelude by William Wordsworth

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Killdeer At Co-op

Paula's house has some expanses of rocky areas, perfect to camouflage killdeer eggs.  We have not gone hunting for the nest of the one that was running along her drive way that I was able to photograph so nicely.  I was hoping to get a picture of the orange feathers hidden at the base of the tail under the wings, but not this time.

To protect their nests, killdeers will run away from it hoping that the intruder will chase them instead of finding the nest.  This guy was certainly running away from the rocky areas so perhaps there is a nest in the yard somewhere.  We'll have to be careful when we are out there for our co-op cloud study, or when the kids are playing.

I am still hoping to capture the image of a red wing blackbird that also likes to visit her yard.


Cheryl said...

WOW! That is awesome!

School for Us said...

How neat! I remember the first time I learned about Killdeer. I was probably in junior high and we went to visit friends in the country. The friends warned us that there was a killdeer nest on their long drive and what to expect. I still love seeing Killdeer!

Beck's Bounty said...

How lovely !!