Yesterday was Henry’s 2nd birthday! Pictures of that to come shortly, I haven’t had time to go through all of them yet.
During the day yesterday we went to check out a local metro park. Did I mention how impressed I am with the parks here? Hundreds of acres of preserved prairie land and woods WITH CLEAN FLUSHING TOILETS.
The parks we’ve visited are so so clean too, and perfectly landscaped with flower beds and such in main areas.
This metro park is about 15 minutes from our house. Our new friends down the street invited us to go with them and they showed us their secret spot down by the big creek.
The park also has a little nature center, which was pretty awesome. It has a big bird blind window with tons of bird feeders. Lining the wall in front of the window they have picture ID charts of local birds. I’m surprised at how many different birds there are in Columbus, just a few hours away from where we lived in Kentucky. There are tons of red house finches and golden (?) finches around here. They’re so cute and colorful!
There were some tiny black capped chickadees at the bird feeders yesterday also. Baby ones, just feathered out and flying around. Black capped chickadees are one of my most favorite birds.
The kids loved the turtle tank in the nature center. We have three midland painted turtles in the pond at the head of our subdivision that we visit daily. They enjoyed getting to stare at one up close in the tank.
We got close enough to a doe to see her nipples. Not every day you can get that close to a (live) deer in the wild.
Here we are at the bank of the creek…
Henry was in heaven. So many rocks to throw!!
Can you see the flying rock? Ada was fishing for crawdads in the water, completely oblivious to the huge rock Henry was launching at her. It didn’t hit her, but she was not too happy with the huge splash!
(Ada had on face paint from the night before when we went to an event in our neighborhood.)
Igor caught a few crawdads by himself. He was thrilled.
On the hike back to the parking lot (which was very long…) we found a baby monarch caterpillar and several monarch eggs on the underside of milkweed plants. Our friends took them home to put in their butterfly set-up. They release the monarchs once they are butterflies. Next week after my sister’s wedding I want to get something set up for us so that we can do the same at our house!
Did I mention how much I LOVE the metro parks here? So impressed. There are tons of them in the area. We have lots of exploring to do. :D