Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Great Backyard Bird Count


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 woodpeckerblack vulturesCarolina 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.





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9 comments :

Christy said...

This is fantastic! My kids will have fun with it.

Phyllis said...

I love your notebook! It looks like a great bird journal.

Discovering Montessori said...

Nice! I love how you guy were going on a nature walk and took it from there. I really like the cover of your journal. Thank you for sharing.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Great ideas!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Awesome links - thanks for sharing these ideas.

karen said...

how fun! I love your birdy note book

April said...

That looks great! We love birds!

Elise said...

What a great weekly activity to look forward to. The information you record will be interesting to look back on in the future.

Ticia said...

I love this, we're starting to study birds, so this is perfect timing.