Friday, February 17, 2012

Fun with the Great Backyard Bird Count

We're heading out in the morning to do our bird counting for the Great Backyard Bird Count.  We don't get a good variety of birds in our own backyard, so we're going to a science/nature area with some feeders set up that attract a wide variety of birds.  The GBBC is going on from February 17th-20th and you can find more information here.
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We've packed my grandfather's binoculars, a state pocket bird guide, a pencil, the GBBC data collection sheet and a clipboard.  We've decided to go early in the morning and then hit our favorite cafe for pancakes!
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I found these little birds at Rebecca's Misc. and thought they were beautiful.  Little J cut them out and we hung them on our ornament tree.  We've been using them to learn the names of various birds we might see while doing our count.

Oh, I almost forgot.  Natalie at Mouse Grow, Mouse Learns tipped me off to this great website that allows you to listen to different bird calls.  What is interesting about it, is that it gives you the bird's song, mating call, and alarm call.  We've listened to a few to see if we can notice any as we watch the birds.

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8 comments :

Raising a Happy Child said...

Oh, how fun! Too bad I am going to miss it completely unless I am counting birds in the airports :)

Rick and Alison said...

I love this! thank you, we will enjoy this.

townmonkey said...

We tried to something like this last year for the RSPB. But of course all the interesting unusual birds that normally visit took a day off. It was still good fun though and I always like seeing the antics of the birds.

Ticia said...

Our backyard has the same problem, no real birds.

But, one of our nature centers had an event for this going on. Unfortunately it's raining cats and dogs here right now.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

We got NO birds today - during the times we were counting (we did see some at other times)! Not sure what the story is - normally we do have birds.

Will try again tomorrow =)

Kim @ The Educators Spin On it said...

One of my littest one's favorite thing to do right now is to go outside to watch the birds and listen. We've been enjoying all the birds and counting. Thanks for sharing the resources, I love the little birdies you added to your tree.

Phyllis said...

We usual do the Bird Count, but we were too sick this year. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. I love the birds to cut out.

Carrie said...

Oh, how fun. I love the bird count idea. Thank you for all the great links. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! Have a wonderful week!