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I’ve been pretty excited about birds lately. A pair of cardinals have decided that our backyard is where they wanna spend all their free time and have been flitting back and forth distractingly between our mangly apple tree and the vine on the fence. It’s home to some kind of delicious berry, but on the advice of a few knowing better-birder friends, I’m breaking down and buying them this baby for the yard.

image by mrhsfan

What tipped me over to the $85 side of (bird) crazy, you ask? A two-year-old who now points to the back door saying, “CAW-dinal!” when he hears her little “whooo-eet, whooo-eet, choo! choo! choo!

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It’s shaping up to be beautiful, warm weekend in Toronto – really the perfect weather to take the family outside to see some (non-attacking) birds. And there are TONS of bird-related activities happening:

Project Feederwatch gets underway this FRIDAY and Saturday and for the rest of the winter at the Ontario Science Centre. Kids can help identify birds visiting the feeders and identify the species. Meet at Weston Family Innovation Centre at the Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Rd. 416.696.1000 for more info.

Our National-Park-within-a-city Rouge Park holds its 10th Annual Winter Bird Count this Sunday. RSVP to birdcount (at)  rougepark.com or call 905.713.6007 to let them know you’re coming.

Winter Birds is the theme of the High Park Nature Centre‘s family walk this Saturday from 1-3 p.m. Co-presented by  Bird Studies Canada 

Need binocs? See our guide to binoculars for the kids here. See posts by the High Park Nature Centre — including feeding birds right out of your hand over here.

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