Well, our feeders have become a HUGE hit! Today, our backyard was a parade of colors, species and personalities that we have been hoping we might somehow be lucky enough to lure in. We have never seen SO many amazing and beautiful birds in our backyard since we moved in!
Today, when we returned from our homeschool P.E. class, we had about five Starlings hovering around our suet feeder and they kept coming back for more. Within the hour, word had spread and we had Starlings, Morning Doves, House Wrens, Robins, and a Cardinal making regular rounds through our yard snatching up some bird feed and taking a few minutes to take in the views.
We were so excited! I couldn’t snap pictures fast enough and the best part is that we got to put our bird skills to use and try to determine which birds we were seeing. It was perfect timing for our Science lesson today. Today, we will be creating our own Bird Field Guide. This will be a book we make from construction paper and lined paper that we will staple together and label. We will be using this book to glue pictures of the birds we have been seeing inside and making important field notes about each bird. Some things we will notate are the bird’s field markings, that is any markings they may have on their body, their bird calls (sounds or songs they sing) and personality traits we might see like flying in pairs or groups, hopping around the yard, etc. We are so excited to have our photos printed so we can put them in the book.
We will also be starting our Life List today. This is a list of the birds that Mister M has identified in his lifetime, or in the case of this course, the birds that he has identified during the “life” of the course. However, he is so excited about this project that we are going to actually create a Notebook Life List for him to track all that he sees. He will record the date, where he was, the birds that he identified and he can also add photos too if he desires. This notebook will be long term and we will keep it with us whenever we travel or go to places such as the botanical gardens or the zoo or parks and use it until it is filled up and we can start a new one. It will be amazing to see all the birds that he is able to identify throughout the years.
This project has been such a wonderful bonding experience for our family and it has given us a new love of birds. How often have we just watched a bird fly by and paid not attention to it’s beautify and wonder? When you really begin to take the time to study these beautiful creatures, you begin to see a whole world of excitement and wonder begin to unfold. There are so many birds and it can become so much fun trying to see how many you can find in one day or in one place.
If you have never thought of bird watching with your children before, I encourage you to give this a try. I promise you that you will NOT be disappointed.
In Christ’s Love,