Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Coming soon to a blog near you...

Take one last look at my broken down, magnolia-leaf-covered, sorry backyard.  It is getting a face lift as I type.  Michael is cutting down trees, pulling down fences, and making our backyard a place we can enjoy this summer. 

You can read more about his plans as well as our May Tweet and See birding list over at Birders for Life.  It's a small list this month.  The birds are not as happy about my hub's project as I am. 

Be on the lookout for the great reveal of our updated backyard soon!

Speaking of reveals...Heather, of Kingdom Arrows, and I have teamed up to bring you...

The Great Curriculum Reveal 2011! 

Please join us on June 6th as we reveal our school plans for next year.  You can post your plans on your blog and link in at Kingdom Arrows

Make sure you visit me here at Olive Plants that day, too, because I will be offering a great giveaway! 

Click here to read more about how to participate in the meme and visit Olive Plants on June 6th for all the details on the giveaway.  I do hope you will join us.  It's sure to be great fun, and the giveaway is a good one!!  Help us spread the word, too, by grabbing the button from my sidebar.  Thanks!


Hope to see you around for all the fun,

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Seoul Food

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people. ~Orson Welles

You may have noticed I haven't written a Wednesday Weigh-in for several weeks.

Well, folks, that has been totally on purpose and with good cause.  The end of the school year brought a few challenges my way, like organizing a science fair, completing my term as support group president, and nearly blinding myself.

Something had to give, and that, my friends, was counting calories. 

The good news is I weighed today for the first time in weeks and have only gained a few pounds.  Even though I have not recorded my caloric intake daily, I have tried to stay away from sweets and munchies while watching my portion sizes. 

Well, that is until last week....

Michael and I celebrated our sixteenth anniversary!  Actually, we didn't really celebrate on the day of our anniversary.  He had to serve as the high school's graduation announcer and was gone until 10:30 that night. 

What did I do, you ask? 

I had a party of my own.

I cleaned the bathroom.

Party animals, we are.  Animals....


Anyhoo, a few days after our actual anniversary, we decided to celebrate properly by going out to eat at a local Korean restaurant.  One night many months ago, we had popped in, glanced at the menu, and made a mad dash for the door before anyone could notice we were there.  In that quick glance, we determined we would have to take out a small loan to pay for the four of us to eat.  On the night of our celebration, however, the kids were with Nohnie and Papaw, so we decided to live it up and splurge.

We weren't leaving that restaurant unless we had spent at least $50, people.

Like I said... party animals.

We entered the lobby, and this time, actually waited to be seated.  A lovely Korean hostess led us to a private room with a drawn curtain...very Asian, very private, and well, very romantic.  I was liking our choice already!  The hostess exited, and the waitress entered and handed us each a menu.  We were shocked by the prices! 

I'm not sure what we had seen the night we went with the kids.  Maybe the prices were listed in Korean.  Some of the dishes did cost $30 or more, but many were very reasonable.  In fact, the two we wanted cost $12 each.

This presented a bit of a dilemma because we were not leaving that restaurant unless we had spent the budgeted $50! 

So what did we do?  Splurged for sweet tea and two appetizers.

TWO appetizers.

You have to understand.  For us, ordering one appetizer is radical.  Two is verging on absurd.

The waitress must have thought so, too.  As we ordered a SMALL potato pancake appetizer, a SMALL order of dumplings (our 2nd appetizer), a plate of spicy pork stir fry, and a plate of chicken stir fry, she gave us an are you sure about that look.  (a look that knows no cultural or language barriers)  We brushed it off, thinking she probably thought we boring Americans would not like our food selections.  Pancakes, dumplings, and stir fry didn't seem that adventurous, so we went with the $50 plan.

Well, we soon understood her look.

First, she brought us each a bowl of soup and a salad.  These were not listed on the menu as part of the meal, and we were pleasantly surprised.  It was yummy, and we both lapped it up.

Then she walked in with the SMALL potato pancake.

Obviously, in Korean SMALL means platter-sized.

Then came the SMALL order of dumplings.  I could barely see Michael over the mound of food between us.

Next the waitress entered with a large tray filled with bowls of Korean delicacies.  We had not ordered what she was setting before us but they also came with the meal although not listed on the menu.  We decided to be good sports and try a little of it all.  Evidently, this was another manifestation of Korean generosity and hospitality.  So how could we say no? 

After sampling, we knew one side dish was broccoli with hot sauce, one was some variety of greens, and another looked like cabbage.  We thought one contained sprouts and corn, another hot dogs, and another maybe had sea weed.  We were clueless about one bowl but ate some anyway.  It was crunchy and sticky but lacking in flavor, at least any recognizable flavor. 

Soon she served each of us a bowl of rice and followed with large platters of chicken and pork.  It was kind of like when you get fajitas at a Mexican restaurant- sizzling on an iron platter that is set inside a wooden tray to keep you from burning your fingers off and heaped up so high you have to dig for a week to find the center.

We were sooooo full from all the soup, salad, pancake, dumplings, rice, and assorted side dishes that we did not need our main dishes at all.  However, we were not going to offend any of our Korean friends by leaving untouched food on the table.  As we were picking at our stir fry, trying to eat as much as we could force down, the hostess walked in to talk to us about our experience. 

I think it was all she could do not to burst into hysterical laughter as she saw two wacky Americans seated at a table for six completely covered in dishes, enough for twelve.  I'm sure we looked a bit odd, too.  The food was delicious, but we were growing miserable with each bite, and it showed.  We continued to shovel the food to our mouths, chew, gulp, and then, through forced smiles, make yummy noises and give thumbs up.

She eventually regained her composure and suggested next time we order less food.  Korean meals, she explained, offer a lot of variety.  She also decided to help us out by explaining what each side dish was.  She taught Michael how to wrap his pork in Kim Chi (the cabbage dish) and top it with tofu.  Surprisingly, he thought the pork-cabbage-tofu combo was good which motivated him to eat a little more....until he started feeling a bit woozy.

He thought this was because he was so full he was borderline comatose.

We later learned the Kim Chi he had been scarfing down is no ordinary cabbage...it's fermented cabbage!  I guess he stopped eating just in time to avoid trouble.

We cheered as she revealed what was in each side dish bowl.  We were right!  There were sprouts, sea weed, broccoli, spinach, hot dogs, and (fermented) cabbage.  We thought this was incredibly fun...

...until she told us what was in the mystery dish.

Wanna know?

I know you do, but brace yourselves.  It's not pretty.


Yes, folks, we ate squid.

Maybe we are party animals after all....

Well, just when we thought no more food could possibly fit on the table, she brought us a platter of melon for dessert.  We took it, along with two-thirds of the pancake, several dumplings, well over half of our main courses, and a mountain of rice home.

We left the uneaten squid there.

Turns out we CAN afford to feed the whole family at the Korean restaurant.  If you ever want to join us, we can go halvsies.  It will only cost $50, and...

...I'll even let you have ALL the squid!

Happy Eating!

P.S.  As long as no one serves me any more surprise, mystery dishes between now and then, I plan to publish Wednesday Weigh-ins again starting June 15.  :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cannot compute...cannot compute....

Danger, Will Robinson!  Danger!

Would you like to play a nice game of thermonuclear war??!


*R2D2 shrill, whistle, beep, beep, beep...collapses onto "face"*

That's just a little sampling of how my blog currently sounds.  Something strange is afoot at Blogger, and I'm having a hard time fixing it. 

Okay, really, I haven't even tried to fix it.  I've just looked at it, sighed, and refreshed my home page about 100 times in hopes it will just magically fix itself. 

Alas, despite my tech-savvy ways, all of the gadgets that are supposed to be in my right sidebar are in the left sidebar.  My blog looks hideous, and I do apologize. 

The funny thing is everything looks as it should on my design page.  I have no idea what to do to fix it other than copy all codes to docs and save, then delete the gadgets and start over again. 

Please excuse the mess while I clean it.  It may take me a few days to get things back in order again. 

If you have any solutions, please drop me a comment.  Muchas gracias!

*smoke puff from CPU as monitor blinks then fades to black*

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Great Curriculum Reveal Blog Hop


I think the whole reason I became a homeschool mom is so I could justify my book-buying habits!  ;)

Of course, my reasons for homeschooling my children are much better than that.  However, I am absolutely giddy this time of year as the boxes of books, teaching materials, and learning gizmo's arrive at my house in anticipation of the start of a whole new school year.

My fellow curriculum junkie connoisseur, Heather of Kingdom Arrows, and I are teaming up to host a blog hop in which we all have a chance to take a peek at each other's materials for next year. 

It's like a virtual Tupperware party!  We can all take our stuff, pass it around, and ooh and aah!  Only, you don't have to buy anything... just share what you have already bought!!

To participate, write a post or create a page on your blog telling us all about your curricular plans for next year, 2011-2012.  You can add pictures and links to products if you like.  Then link in your post at Kingdom Arrows on Monday, June 6.

In return, we ask that you do three things:
  1. Display our picture header in your post or post the button in your side bar.  You can grab the picture from above or the button code over in my sidebar.
  2. Link to Kingdom Arrows.  If you display the button, that's already done for you!
  3. Link to Olive Plants somewhere in your post.  You can mention that I am the co-hostess if that helps.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Archiving School Plans

Hi all,

I am getting ready to post the plans for next school year on Our Academy page and wanted to archive last year's plans.  So this post is a cut and paste of that page for my personal records.  If you are new to Olive Plants, feel free to scan this post at your leisure.  I wrote a mini-review of each program we used at the conclusion of the year because I like to know the thoughts of other mom's concerning a curriculum before I buy.  I hope you find it helpful.

If you're an Olive Plants regular, thanks for sticking around!  This post is old news for you, so please, feel free to skip it.  But, please do return soon because I can't wait to tell you about our plans for next year!  It's my favorite time of the year!!


Oh yeah, here are the completed plans and reviews. 

*smacking forehead*

My comments and reviews are typed in red.


We plan to follow the New Testament portion of the Bible in one year plan. Our History curriculum and Orville's Omnibus studies include large portions of the Old Testament which we will read as well.

The boys will also continue to memorize the Westminster Shorter Catechism for training in doctrine.

This plan worked really well. It took some tweaking, particularly because Orville's Bible reading schedule in Omnibus was tough. He and I completed each of the following books of the Bible this year: Genesis, Exodus, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Minor Prophets, all four Gospels, Acts, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, James and the Revelation.

Wilbur read all four Gospels, Acts, Galatians, James, and the Revelation.

We plan to read Romans over summer break and memorization of the Shorter Catechism is on-going.


Diana Waring's revised curriculum, History Revealed: Ancient Civilizations and the Bible.

I think this is a GREAT history program! We had to tweak it to fit our needs (isn't that what we homeschoolers are all about?!). Each boy only read a few of the supplemental recommendations because their regular reading list was weighty this year, particularly Orville who was also completing Omnibus I.

The boys really enjoyed Mrs. Waring's CD's and listened to them many nights while in bed before falling asleep. Overall, I think the worldview and Biblical content on them is great. However, I did disagree with some of the content (doctrinal issues). The differences were slight, and I was able to use those sections as teachable moments by presenting what we believe and by "showing proper respect to everyone and loving the brotherhood of believers." (1Pet 2:17). We disagree with Mrs. Waring on some points, but we do not discredit her Christian testimony or all of her teaching.

I did add in Story of the World Book 1 because History Revealed focuses so heavily on worldview that it does not present as much historical content as I would like.

Language Arts

I am teaching both boys from the Institute for Excellence in Writing's Student Writing Intensive course.

To better understand the methods of IEW, I am also watching their Teaching Writing Structure and Style.

All I can say is "Best Decision I EVER Made!" You can read more about our experience here if you would like.

Both boys will complete Daily Grammar Practice. Wilbur will complete the 4th grade book, and Orville will complete the 2nd 1/2 of the 6th grade book and the 1st 1/2 of the 7th grade book.

We have used this curriculum for several years now and love it. Orville completed the 6th grade book and has completed about half of the 7th grade book. Wilbur finished the 4th grade book and has begun work on the 5th grade! It took plugging away at it for a couple years, but it finally "clicked" this year for him!

Wilbur will complete All About Spelling, Level 3.

He finished level 3 and is almost half-way through level 4! We are going to keep working on it over the summer! Second Best Decision I Ever Made!

Orville will complete Omnibus I from Veritas Press.

Wowzers! What a program!! Okay, I'm not going to gloss anything over here. This is one tough study, and Orville hated it at times and loved it at others. He completed all the primary reading selections and thought it was great for the first two studies: Genesis and Exodus. We have studied these two books of the Bible so frequently in the past that he basically has them memorized, so they were easy to read and it was easy to transition into the higher-order writing and discussion activities.

Then he had to read an edited version of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Not a fun week at our house! Michael and I had to do that thing that parents do and nudge him along by encouraging and rebuking, and he survived.

After jumping that hurdle, he went on to enjoy the subsequent studies (excluding Last Days of Socrates). His legal mind sprang into action as he analyzed the Code of Hammurabi and his knowledge of history from having read works like The Last Days of Rome, The Twelve Caesars, and Herodotus leaves me dumbfounded (and feeling a bit ignorant).

The results? We have seen huge growth in his thinking and reasoning and his ability to write a thorough response. This was something we had to work on CONSTANTLY throughout the year. He wanted to give simple answers (ones that could be written quickly), but we required him to do rewrites, and he is maturing as a scholar.

We decided, however, that reading the secondaries was requiring too much of him. He did complete Chosen by God and the Holiness of God (both by Sproul), but at a very slow pace. We did not require him to complete the questions in the Omnibus text for these works. Instead, I also read each book and took notes. We discussed these works chapter-by-chapter and compared our notes.

We dropped all other secondaries except for...

We will read each of the seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia series and use the Narnia Comprehension Guide from Veritas Press as a discussion guide. This will be a time that the boys and I switch turns reading aloud.

LOVED IT! It took a concerted effort on our part to make time for reading as a family; however, we all think it was time well-spent and are so glad we did. The Narnia Series was a perfect read, and the Comprehension Guide gave us a good resource for quickly and easily checking their understanding. We also used the book Roar! as a companion to The Silver Chair and Last Battle and wished we had had it from the start. Doug Wilson's What I Learned in Narnia is on their summer reading list.

By March, we had finished Narnia and moved on to Shakespeare. We read Julius Caesar, also an Omnibus I secondary reading assignment. It was a tough read, but can you guess who understood the plot better than any of us??? Wilbur, the youngest of us!!! We were really proud of him and had a lot of fun assigning roles and having our own little reader's theater!

Wilbur will complete Rod and Staff's Pathway reader for 4th grade with accompanying workbook for his independent reading work.

Readers and workbooks do not fit my homeschool philosophy, AT ALL! However, going into this school year, we had some concerns about Wilbur's progress in Language Arts and decided to take a more traditional route. We hoped it would give us more insight into which skills were causing him trouble.

It did not take him long to complete each daily assignment and it gave him something to complete independently when I could not work directly with him. It also eased many of my fears as he completed the skills-based activities with ease. It did allow us to isolate a few trouble spots and work on them. He finished the 4th grade set and has moved on to the 5th. We are going to keep this study going over the summer.


Orville will complete Singapore Math, Levels 6 A and 6 B.

He is almost done! This is the only curriculum that we have used from the 1st to the last level. It makes me feel simultaneously proud of him and sad. Where did that little boy go who was learning to count and add? Emotional mommy issues aside, this has been a great elementary math curriculum.

Wilbur will complete Singapore Math, Levels 4B and 5A.

He is almost finished, too, and about to start level 5! My BABY!!!


Orville will complete Apologia's General Science course.

If there is one area where I get a big ol' fat F for the year, it is science. (Although I think coordinating a science fair should give me enough extra credit just to pass!) Orville finished five modules before Christmas break, and I decided for the sake of my sanity to drop the study altogether after the break.

I know this is a highly revered curriculum within the greater homeschool community; however, I found the format frustrating. No supplemental work is included. The hands-on activities are excellent, but I never felt like setting them up because I was too exhausted from finding ways to help him retain the content. I felt like the module review basically gave the test answers to him, so then I felt uncertain about how much he was really learning as opposed to just parroting back to me. I don't like being the one Apologia naysayer, but it just did NOT work for us.

Wilbur will study Zoology III through Apologia's Young Explorer Series.

Wilbur loves these books and has almost completed this study. Nonetheless, I have decided to take a new approach to science for next year. What is it? Well, you'll just have to wait and see! :)

Foreign Language

Both boys will complete Lively Latin's Big Book I (the second 1/2).

We're done with Latin!!! We're done with Latin!!! I really do like Lively Latin, but we have new plans for foreign language/word study next year. Again, you'll just have to wait and see! :)

Orville will continue to study Japanese with Rosetta Stone. He is taking a leisurely pace with this study as it is a delight-directed study for him.

Orville did not complete much of his Japanese study this year.  We were just too busy with other things and we bought this for him three years ago to complete as there is time.  He will keep working on it as he wants.

Fine Arts

Both boys will complete Harmony Fine Arts for 5th grade and The Violin Book, Books 1 and 2 by Eden Vaning-Rosen.

I really like HFA! The boys do, too!! This study was particularly good for my VSL. The author, Barb (Harmony Art Mom), really understands right-brained children. From this curriculum, Wilbur gained an appreciation for history (through art history) which increased his interest in our regular history studies. He also decided he might want to be an architect when he grows up! In a nutshell, HFA opened his eyes to a world of possibilities.

The Violin Book, however, did not work so great. I do not think the fault lies with the program. Rather, I bought very cheap, very poor quality violins. I spent more time tuning the things than they did practicing. I even lost a toenail because of them. Well, that was the straw, folks. After my injury, I couldn't look at those violins without shuddering and because they would not stay in tune for more than 3.8 seconds, we dropped violin.

Moral of this story?

Don't be cheap like me. Buy a good violin!

Orville has become very serious about his piano studies and really does not want to study violin anyway, and Wilbur wants to focus on art and architecture. So I guess we learned this year that we are not violinists.

Wilbur will complete Artistic Pursuits 1st book for grades 4-6.

He has almost completed it and really enjoys the assignments. He has grown as an artist this year!


Both boys will take tennis lessons and go swimming twice per week. They go for a morning run with Michael twice per week, too.

After the toe injury, swimming was out. I had to keep my foot bandaged and dry for almost two months. They took tennis lessons every week until Christmas break during which time Orville broke his arm. They rejoined the class just last week. (Orville's arm has completely mended, like new!)

Extra-curricular Activities

Both boys participate in our local Mathletes team. The group competes in the National Math Olympiads.

Orville was the second-highest scorer on the team! He earned a patch this year and missed earning a silver pin for the top 10% by one question! Wilbur's total score improved from last year and he missed the patch by 1 question! Both are great accomplishments...good job, guys!

We are active members of our local homeschool association. Our group holds an annual International Festival, Spotlight Night, and Field Day. We also take 4-6 field trips per year. The boys' favorite event of the year is the annual skating party!

Ay, ay, ay...it's like a blur! I know they had fun, and all the activities added so much to their educational and social experience this year. I am thankful for SDHSA and all it affords our family!

All plans listed on this blog assume "Lord willing".

Some of our plans for the year panned out. Some things did not work out as we hoped while other happenings completely took us by surprise. Through it all God has been teaching us how to live abound by praising Him and receiving His blessings with appreciation and to live abased by being content whatever the circumstances and resting in and trusting His Providence. We can do all things through Christ Jesus who is our strength. (Phil 4:12-13)

Our plans for 2011-2012 are in place, and I will share them here soon. Thank you for reading and may God bless you as you homeschool your children!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

31 Days to Clean: Week One

Homemakers Challenge - 31 Days to Clean

I have joined the Homemaker's challenge at Joyful Mothering and am supposed to report in on Fridays.  However, tomorrow I will be off to the Big City for the Big Homeschool Conference and won't have time to post.

Those of us participating in the meme are following the advice in the new ebook, 31 Days to Clean by Sarah Mae.

I'm being a tad-bit stubborn independent Dawn-like in my approach and am not following the plan exactly as it is written.  Each chapter offers good suggestions on how to break cleaning into smaller, more manageable chunks and also offers a 31-day plan for giving your house a good thorough cleaning by completing one "Martha" task per day.  A "Mary" task is also included each day which challenges me to reflect on the whys of my cleaning and home management.

This week we are supposed to start with the kitchen, and that just does not work for me.  I needed to get ready for the curriculum fair and we are finishing school TODAY! (except some subjects carry over into the summer but that's only about an hour of school each day rather than 6-8)  YIPPEE!

So I have flipped over to the chapters on home office and am working through them as I clear and sort curriculum from the classroom and office to make room for the goodies I will bring home Saturday (and for the mounds of books that have arrived via snail mail and are stacked in towers around my office and living room).

I don't have pictures to share yet.  It's not that I'm being prideful about the state of my office, rather I don't want to scare anyone!  :)  However, I would like to share my answer to one of the Mary tasks for the week.  We were asked to complete a mission statement detailing why we want to maintain a clean home.

I have to admit that I have been very affected by the Korean community as I have tutored their children this year.  Hospitality is central to their culture.  I am a paid employee coming into their homes, yet they do not treat me as such.  They greet me at the door with smiles.  They have a special place set up for me to teach with all the supplies I need laid out and ready.  They always have a snack and drink at my spot at the table, waiting on me.  And it is always something thoughtful...fresh fruit, homemade waffles with homemade syrup, Korean pancakes with syrup and nuts in the center, and even sushi!  (Can you believe I lost weight this year?)  Their food is always served on a special plate.  Each family has a different one- a wedding plate, a flowered piece of china, hand-painted glassware.  These special touches are never ostentatious.  Instead they create an atmosphere where I know I am welcomed and appreciated. 

I could say much more about the hospitality of the Korean community and about how they have cared for me this year, treating me not like an employee but a friend or a sister.  They have given me a real vision for hospitality which is at the core of my mission in completing this challenge.  I plan to simplify and purge things from my home which are weighing me down and hindering me in the area of hospitality.  I want anyone who comes to my door to feel like I do when I enter the home of my Korean friends.

I may have to march to the beat of my own drum when it comes to this meme, switching around chapters and challenges and posting late or early.  However, I look forward to participating and reporting the results.

Happy Cleaning!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Oh Happy Day!

Could it be?

Is it really, really true?

Someone pinch me because I think I'm dreaming...

Orville is completing his Omnibus I final
as I type!

I'm not sure who is happier, Orville or me!

The 2010-2011 school year is almost complete at Olive Plants Academy.  You can read about how our curricular plans worked for us here.

Return soon for The Plan for Next Year!

Happy, Happy Day!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Tweet and See: April 2011


Visit Heather at Kingdom Arrows
for links to other birding reports!
Hi all.

We saw a good variety this month, mostly at a state park in our area.  The first week of April was our spring break, and since my husband, a public school teacher, had six days off from work, we spent a couple of them bird watching.  The weather was lovely, and most of the birds on our list were found during these outings.

The Georgia Youth Birding Competition was held in April, too.  My boys usually compete, but we decided not to participate this year because it was held on a Saturday/Sunday.  We held what we called the "HBC".  H for our last name Birding Celebration.  Although we did not bird watch for a straight 24 hours, we had fun trying to find as many birds as possible around our town.  It was very windy that weekend and difficult to hear anything other than the wind.  Not many birds were visible either.  The second day was very hot, and there was very little bird activity.

The end of the month brought an eye injury for me and tornadoes!  Therefore, I do not have much to report for the end of the month.

Here is our April list...
  1. Osprey
  2. Killdeer
  3. Chipping Sparrow
  4. Ring-billed Gull
  5. Great Blue Heron
  6. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  7. Bluebird
  8. Double-crested Cormorant
  9. Brown-headed Nuthatch
  10. Tufted Titmouse
  11. Eastern Meadowlark
  12. Yellow Warbler
  13. Belted Kingfisher
  14. Carolina Chickadee
  15. American Crow
  16. Prairie Warbler
  17. Blue Jay
  18. Pileated Woodpecker
  19. Golden-winged Warbler
  20. Chimney Swift
  21. Brown Thrasher
  22. Mourning Dove
  23. Northern Mockingbird
  24. Fish Crow
  25. Canada Goose
  26. Barn Swallow
  27. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  28. Red-winged Blackbird
  29. Common Grackle
  30. European Starling
  31. Wood Thrush
  32. Whip-poor-will
  33. Eastern Towhee
  34. Field Sparrow
  35. Northern Parula
  36. Hermit Thrush
  37. Worm-eating Warbler
  38. Bobwhite
  39. Orange-crowned Warbler
  40. Northern Cardinal
  41. American Robin
  42. House Sparrow
  43. Eastern Kingbird
  44. Black Vulture
  45. House Finch
  46. Bobolink
  47. Carolina Wren
  48. Mallard
  49. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  50. Cowbird
  51. Summer Tanager
  52. Rock Pigeon
Join the birding fun by listing what you see on your blog and linking in to Kingdom Arrows at the end of each month for Tweet and See.  It is a lot of fun to read the other posts and find out what birders from across the country (and maybe one day world!) are finding.  Thanks, Heather!

Happy Birding!

Edit:  I must not be seeing as well as I thought.  This post was supposed to be published to Birders for Life.   Hello...bird brain!  Please forgive my faux pas and feel free to fly on over and check out some of my birding content.  :)