Friday, February 27, 2009

Nature Journal {Can you scramble them?}

Cockatiel eggs
"Mommy" Pigwidgeon

Our cockatiel, Pigwidgeon, is determined that spring has sprung. She has four eggs so far and continues to sit on them like a chicken. We have tried to convince her that they will not hatch, but she is still hopeful!

We didn't know Piggie was a girl until she started laying eggs. Up until that point, we'd been calling her a "him" since the breeder thought she was male. We've learned that she will lay eggs, one every day or two, until she has a full clutch. We still aren't sure how many that will be. [Ed. -- She ended up with eleven!]

If you remove the eggs, she will continue to lay them to replace the lost ones. So, we are leaving her alone and letting her be broody for a while. Her eggs are the size of grapes, and they have white shells with  a slight pinkish tint. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wonder-full Wednesday {Happy Groundhog New Year}

The boys were excited about the outcome of the groundhog's venture out of his hole.

We read Groundhog Day by Gail Gibbons and Gregory's Shadow by Don Freeman in anticipation of the big event.

We have been studying hibernation and animals in winter, so it was a great tie-in.

We celebrated the day by eating Chinese food for lunch and observing the lunar new year. We also packed another box of goodies for a soldier and sent it off, hopefully in time for Valentine's Day. Check out for care package tips.