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25 Feb, 2008

Wintry outings of the best kind

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Ottawa for kids|Easy ways to make kids happy|Ottawa|Photography

White-breasted nuthatch

As I was just telling BeachMama in the comments of the previous post, Ottawa is a wonderful kid-friendly place to be. Lucky for us huh? There is stuff to do all year round. Outdoor adventures are my favourite kind. On Sunday we hiked along one of the lesser-used Stony Swamp trails and fed the birds.

I know, I know. I write about this all the time. I can’t help myself. It’s just.so.fun.

A few highlights from Sunday:

– mystery poop! What kid (and, um, adult?) isn’t intrigued by mystery poop? This is all part of our larger goal to educate our kids about wildlife… identifying footprints, looking out for nibbled branches etc. Finding poop, well, that’s just plain excrement excitement. You may dare to look at the photo. If you know what animal left it there, do do let us know. *snicker*

– an unexpected resident. Sarah thought he might have walked there all by himself. 

– the birds are brave little dudes

You can view the rest of the pics in slideshow format here.

2 Responses to "Wintry outings of the best kind"

1 | mark

February 25th, 2008 at 1:35 pm


Poop identified. It’s from a porcupine.

2 | M. Lucy Smith

March 1st, 2008 at 3:43 pm


My son got a book for Christmas that describes a similar mystery, called, The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was None of his Business, by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch.

It’s actually very cute. Check it out: http://www.amazon.ca/story-little-mole-knew-business/dp/1551920204/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1204404144&sr=8-1

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