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.