Funny Things Kids Say About Nature

Birds & Blooms readers share hilarious quotes from their kids and grandkids about birds, butterflies and nature.

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Anitta Staats Baltimore oriole

Our 4-year-old granddaughter was visiting on Mother’s Day. We were watching the birds from our big picture window and a beautiful oriole landed on the feeder. She said, “Oh, look, Grandma. A Halloween bird!”
Janice Seebecker

While gardening with my grandchildren one morning, the 4-year-old excitedly announced that he had found a worm. His sister informed him that it is food for the robins. He was happy with this until someone announced that the worm’s mother was probably looking for it. In utter conflict, he though a moment, then turned around and tossed the worm over his shoulder and said, “Let them figure it out.’
Dolores Eisenbraun

My husband spotted a pigeon while out with my 2-year-old daughter and pointed it out to her. “Do you see that pigeon? It’s a kind of bird,” he said. A few days later she saw another pigeon and proclaimed, “Daddy, there’s a kindabird.”
Krista Frank

My grandson, Daniel (3 at the time), and I were watching a nature program about birds on television. A female mallard and her babies came on the screen. At that moment, Daniel yelled, “Look, Gramma, duck puppies!” He’s 21 now, but we still call ducklings “duck puppies.”
Debbie Hayes

For decades, we’ve been feeding raisins to the robins who visit our backyard. The same robin families return to us year after year, and I often assign them names based on their appearance or behavior. My niece (5 at the time) was visiting one day when Chester and Miss Hairdo appeared in the yard. I started telling her about their behaviors and instead of being impressed at my expertise in bird behavior, she looked at me with wide eye and said, “How do you know their names?”
Kathy Showen

BONUS: Adults say funny things, too…

Recently my mom and I were taking a walk near our neighborhood. While I was busy setting up my camera, Mom suddenly grabbed my arm and whispered urgently, “What IS that bird? It’s brown with a red head and it’s the size of a hawk!” Thinking she might be seeing a large woodpecker or young red-tailed hawk, I took the binoculars and after some effort, located the mystery bird. I began laughing. “Mom, that’s a house finch!” She said, “Well, the binoculars did something to magnify him!”
Alissa Pendorf

Have your children or grandchildren said funny things about nature? Share their quotes with us in the comments below!

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Kirsten Schrader
Kirsten is the executive editor of Birds & Blooms. She's been with the brand in various roles since 2007. She has many favorite birds (it changes with the seasons), but top picks include the red-headed woodpecker, Baltimore oriole and rose-breasted grosbeak. Her bucket list bird is the painted bunting.