|Bird on our feeder|
My middle daughter loves birds and we have tried to incorporate bird studies every so often into our school work for her sake. We bought a feeder right around Christmas that really does a good job of keeping those pesky squirrels out, so I am happy to feed birds now. This has been a real opportunity for our whole family to observe birds on a more regular basis.
We are still not very good at identifying our feeder birds. We recognize cardinals and seem to have a nesting pair as both come to the feeder at different times of the day. There are occasionally robins in the yard, and under the feeder, but we have not actually seen them eat any bird seed. They prefer worms and we observe them especially before rainstorms, interestingly. Almost all of the other feeder birds are strangers to us.
We hope to begin to develop a feel for the birds at our feeder, and hope to eventually know the names of the little birds that often feed there.
I haven't been out on a hike with our children in several months, and since this is bird month, I hope to take the kids to the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary and trails. That would be a good hike for us for this month. It goes well with our study.
I hope to work with the kids on some identifying some of the birds of prey by their shadows. I found a couple of good books at the library that offer images of their forms in flight.
One of the books I read about bird watching said that a good goal is to make 15 second drawings of birds you see to help with identification of the birds. I hope to do this with my children this month, as well.
So there you have it. My goals for this month's bird watching nature study:
- Identify at least one new (to us) bird at our feeder
- Hike the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary
- Learn identifying features about birds of prey
- Practice quick drawings of birds for our nature journal