Little J and I took our first nature walk of the year yesterday while Juiciness and Sassyfras enjoyed some Daddy time. We decided to head to a pond in our neighborhood and see what was happening there.
We were impressed with the number and variety of birds we observed. We used the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website to identify the birds we observed. We saw yellow-rumped warblers, a female downy woodpecker, black vultures, Carolina chickadees, and Carolina wrens, to name a few.
We decided that it would be fun to make this a weekly walk and start keeping track of the birds we saw. When we came home, we ordered a Pocket Naturalist Guide to birds in our state. We have the butterflies and pond life guides and really like them because not only are they informational, but they are laminated and easy to carry.
We also made a quick bird watching journal to take with us on our walks. We used some cardboard out of Little J's inventor's box to make the outside and I made pages for the inside. The binding is just a file folder cut to fit.
While doing some on line searches to find out what kinds of birds we saw, we found the Audubon site and about The Great Backyard Bird Count that will take place during February 18th-21st. We're planning to participate, maybe you'll join us.