After spending a week birdwatching in Florida, I decided that I wanted to welcome birds to our New England home. Or at least a comfortable 8 feet from our kitchen window. I bought a feeder with a unique anti-squirrel mechanism that keeps the critters away and provides a safe place for the feathered creatures to enjoy a snack. The kids and I like to hang out it the kitchen and watch the birds come and go. I have to keep reminding them to be still, quiet, and not to tap on the glass. I consider it part of my informal effort to “unplug” – watching birds rather than TV. When the kids are napping, I open the window just wide enough to poke my 300mm camera lens out and snap some clear shots. I've seen seven species so far, the White-Breasted Nuthatch and the House Finch being the most frequent right now. I'm hoping to see a wider variety as the summer progresses. My next project is to help Sophia identify each one.