My new work-at-home morning routine begins each day with coffee outside on the back deck listening to nature’s chorus: the birds!
There are tens of different sounds and birds darting from tree to tree. I put out a few bird feeders in hopes of getting a better look at my feathered friends, and it worked!
I took to google and my Sibley’s Guide to Birds to research my new bird friends. I illustrated images of the birds and hung them in my window so I could easily identify the birds as I looked out the window.
Drawing, or engaging in creative arts around a specific topic allows kids (and adults!) to understand things more deeply. For example, I did not notice that a Northern Cardinal had an orange beak until I drew it but now, it is a telltale sign I look for when identifying the bright red bird.
Learn about the birds in your yard with this fun, hands \-on activity!
- Colored pencils or watercolors
- Binoculars, if you have them!
- Scotch tape
- Go for a walk outside in the morning and look for birds. You may want to walk outside everyday for a week and notice the different birds you see.
- Take notes of the birds colors, size, and sounds.
- Using a bird guide, or Google, try to determine who your bird may be! Merlin Bird ID is an informative app that even has the sounds of each bird available.
- Draw and color your birds and hang them in the window for easy bird watching!
Repeat this activity at night and see who you hear!