Last week we took a bit of a vacation and drove to Boston. We braved both the Boston Children's Museum and Sturbridge Village during the school vacation week. We had a great time and the boys learned all kinds of new things ranging from touring a turn of the century Japanese house to hammering pegs in to make a shoe sole circa 1840. I was very glad to get back to our routine this morning. We jumped right into the spring bird study.
The plan was to drive down to the Hudson River to the bird sanctuary. As soon as we were headed down the road the April showers kicked in. We turned around and decided to make our observations from our backyard.
We could find nothing in the rain with our eyes, but our ears were given a workout. Most of what we heard we could not identify.
We headed inside to the computer to learn some more of the calls of what we have observed in the past on our yard. We went to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website to listen to the songs and calls. We started with the Black -Capped Chickadee, because we actually knew that one. Here is the rest of the list of the birds we researched. I will put a star next to the birds that we recognized the call or song. See how many you know. (You have to scroll down to the audio)
2. Northern Cardinal *
4. Mourning Dove*
6. Downy Woodpecker*
We were very surprised at how many we knew the sound, but not the name. I would like to set up a listening activity that matches the call to the bird.... that is one to work on.
The boys each picked a bird to complete their notebook page. "I" picked the Eastern Bluebird and "T" picked the Pileated Woodpecker, both of which we have observed in our yard the past few weeks.
Here is a picture I took with my phone of the Pileated Woodpecker we saw in our yard.
Overall a fun study. I will be sure to share the bird call game when I get it completed.