My daughter, 7, tested into independent science this semester and gets to choose a long term project. She consulted with the teacher last week and decided she wants to compare the calls of Eastern Bluebirds with a certain kind of blackbird (I can't remember the name). Unfortunately, there is no information about blackbirds in her school library, and oh, by the way, she doesn't mean crows or ravens or red-winged blackbirds. And, no. She will not switch the project to a bird that is readily studied and for which we can find info.

This year for Halloween, she's going to be a crow. Not a raven or blackbird. And she's busy designing a beak that is an accurate shape.

Her recent bird fascination is all the more weird to me because wolves are her passion and she is constantly doing research on wolves!