Spring Spotting

Today this little fellow has kept us company:

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The powerful transformation in the nature in the spring is, to me, magical. And hugely enjoyable.

There is loads to look at that gives reason to much more interesting biology lessons than I ever had at school: Today spotting the baby squirrel made us talk about the animals that hibernate, the birds that emigrate to the south and the animals and birds that just adjust to the winter, eg by changing their fur. All this because the 3 yo noticed the squirrel was part grey and part brown. And there is so much more to spot and to explore, just turning some stones to check if there are worms underneath can be sooo exciting. I think kids attentiveness is often a great reminder to enjoy all the small wonders of life!

17 comments

  1. […] start recording this years happenings. I just checked that last year we early on enjoyed one of my kids spotting a grey and brown squirrel, which led us to a real life biology lesson, then there was the magic of the flowers pushing […]

  2. Such a cute squirrel πŸ™‚ Love spring!

  3. I love how three year olds just naturally ask questions and all you have to do is answer them, and then the next one, and then the next one…

    I know it drives some people crazy, but I kind of like it.

    1. I like it too in these kind of context, and I love the way they bring up the details.
      I like a lot less when it is the same question over and over again, e.g. when driving downtown: “why did you stop? why did you stop?…” “Red ligths and other traffic, my dear, for the 375th time” πŸ˜‰

  4. Reminds me of the rabbit in Alice in wonderland! πŸ™‚

    1. Haha, even though this was a squirrel opposed to the earlier thousand or so bunny posts πŸ˜‰

  5. It’s such a precious sight to see animals change fur. You are so lucky. Children are always so intrigued by animals and nature. It certainly opens up a good opportunity for educational talk. You too must be very knowledgeable to be able to share with your kids πŸ™‚

    1. No, not really very knowledgeable; everybody here grows up with the basic knowledge I have as most wild animals somehow change either their appearance or their habits together with the seasons. But it was a good talk – and I suppose now my kids know this stuff too! πŸ™‚

  6. I love those red ones with their tufty ears πŸ™‚

    1. They are cute!

  7. Wow! That’s awesome! And I love that you were able to get a shot of him! And I wasn’t aware of the fur changing colors.. that’s interesting!

    1. He came really close at first but since my kids wanted to cuddle him, there was no time for pictures then.
      I suppose squirrels in your latitudes don’t have the need to change their colour to fit in the changing environment? Most of our wild animals actually have something changing with the seasons.

      1. Yeah, I’m so close to the equator that winter coats aren’t needed very much!

        1. Some people (and animals) are lucky πŸ™‚

  8. He is such a cutie!

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