Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Today my grandpa would have been 113 years old. It's hard to believe he's been gone, physically, from this world for 38 years, because he's been very much of a spiritual presence my entire life. He wasn't particularly knowledgeable about birds, but did inspire me more than anyone else in my childhood to learn about birds. I wrote about that in Grandpa's Canaries. I haven't yet had a redpoll at my feeder this year, but I sure hope one turns up today.

If any of my children turn me into a grandmother one day, I hope I'm as nurturing, loving, and inspiring as my grandpa was for me.


  1. That's a wonderful comment on your grandpa.

  2. What a sweet photo. And a nice tribute to your Grandpa. Lovin' grandparents are such a meaningful influence on the person we grow up to be.
    My own Grandpa was born in Jan of 1895. And so would be 114 yrs old. Kinda brings a tear to the eye.
    My Gramps also taught by his example of being respectful to all the critters. They lived on a small, 10-acre farm in Minnesota.

    While we aren't seeing any Redpolls here in Hudson, WI, we have a large number of Pine Siskins mixed in among the Goldfinches.

  3. After the previous post, I clicked the link to "Grandpa's Canaries" and now after reading it, I do have tears in my eyes.
    That is a very special relationship.
    Thankfully his influence on your life has resulted in so much more bird knowledge for all of us by way of your books, podcasts, blog, writings etc.
    That is a great tribute to your Grandpa.

  4. I enjoyed this so much, Laura. This is a wonderful photo of you and your Grandpa. I was raised by my grandparents, and my Grandpa, "Doc", was so special and so kind. I can tell you felt the same way about yours.

    By the way, I'm the cousin of Kay Cox of Camp Across Texas w/ Skip and Kay and she told me about meeting you at the coast. She had high praise for you, your photos, and your knowledge of birds. Although I share little of your knowledge, I enjoy looking. Your blog is great. I have genealogy blogs at Genealogy Traces and Tennessee Memories. I'd love to have you visit.

  5. I have just finished reading "Grandpa's Canaries" and I was so touched by the beauty you describe through your child's eyes. Your Grandpa was indeed a wonderful, loving mentor, wasn't he? It is wonderful how you have been able to turn his and your love for birds into your life's work.