Knowing our neighborhood is important to me, but knowing our neighborhood makes more sense when we know what surrounds it.
So, we go.
Last week we went to City Island, an island in the Bronx on the Long Island Sound. We knew how to get there because it's by the beach where we've been going. There is one bridge to City Island, and we got off the bus and walked across it. The boats and docks were the first thing we saw when we got there.
We walked the entire length of the island on the main drag and explored some side streets too, picking out the houses we liked best. We were disappointed there is no access to the water on the island except the benches by the docks right by the bridge, but we were charmed by the small town that City Island in the Bronx feels like.
I heard chattering birds as we walked along but I didn't tune in to them as I took in the sights. Then, my daughter saw a flock of bright green birds fly by.
"Where did they all come from?" she said and we looked up.
"That's a parrot's nest!" my daughter said, and my son agreed.
I messed with the colors on the photo below to better show all the holes in the nest where the birds fly in and out. Maybe you can see them.
As we walked back to the docks and the bridge, we heard the birds and searched for them. Their colors match the tree leaves perfectly and we only caught glimpses as they moved from tree to tree.
We sat by the water for awhile and drew what we saw.