November: Winter birds (Birdseed part 2)

November is the time when birds' nests begin to show themselves, as the trees lose their leaves. You can read all about our homemade birdhouse and our birdseed here. We also bought a birdhouse that would attach to the outside of a window (as we don't have an easy way to attach a hanging birdhouse). It's become popular with many little birds in our neighbourhood and we have a steady stream of visitors outside our window.

We decorated with stickers and added a bell to alert us to the birds. We had our first birds this week: black-capped chickadees. They ate up all the seed in the feeder.

November: Butter in the Buttercups

Today, as part of our November week, a poem from from Butter in the Buttercups, 1980, by Stella Browning.

Winter-Green Palette
(Mix Buttercup Yellow with Winter-green...)

We will mix the colours of our paintbox
Like Woodland days of Summer's rainbow hue,
Just as BUTTERCUP the yellow toadflax
Dies the mellow field with scabious blue

Violets — harebells, yellow St. John's wort
Lie between the seeds of couchgrass green
Where cow parsley's skeleton: her tall foot
Mixes palette to Winter's colour scheme!

These spangled leaves rest now in moss and seam
The yarrow leaf. Deep wood anenome —
The quiet sorrell seed; pink mallow leaf,
In speedwell dwarfed without her bloom and gnome
Of ale-hoof, ground-ivy locks in sheaf
Whispered rise in Spring mix yellow with leaf....

The winter leaves and skeletons were picked by the children for those which remain green throughout the winter