Monday, March 7, 2011

Nature Study: Catching Up

We had our floors refinished these past two weeks.  It has been quite the adventure.  We spend some quality time as a family at our lake house, and had some informal nature studies.  What is really nice about getting away is that we can fast from being on the internet.  I did find it a bit frustrating that we missed out on connecting with our friends at The Outdoor Hour.   We have really enjoyed doing the studies along with everyone.  The next few entries will hopefully catch us up to speed.

Our bird observations had several components.  First we completed the Great Backyard Bird Count and watched our feeder.  We recorded our results as a family.  The majority of what we able to observed were chickadees, nuthatches, and goldfinches.  We did see two pair of cardinals and a downy woodpecker.

Here is a sample of one of our recording sheets.  We used our two field guides and our tin identifier to help us recognized what visitors we had to our feeder.

This tin identifier I picked up at a craft sale is just perfect for preschoolers.  It is a bit hands on and a constant reminder next to our feeder window.  While I am cooking dinner the boys frequently asked me, "Mama, what is this one..."  if they forget the name.
We read our Rookie Read About science book on birds.

Our other tie in was a visit to our local mall for a close up look at some owls.

Here is the screech owl. 

Here is the barn owl.

The boys were most taken by the screech owl as they were able to get so close.  There is going to be a "Raptor-fest" in our area this month and we are planning on going.  



Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

I love the tin bird finder! What an amazing idea! Great tool for your little ones too.

My favorite is the barn owl with its sparkly face feathers which look so soft and fluffy. What a great experience for your children to see these up close.

We missed your entries, so glad you are back on the internet, and thanks for sharing your link with the OHC.

Monica said...

The tin bird finder is awesome! I bet it was neat to see an owl up close!