Monday, April 25, 2011

Nature Study- Spring Bird Song

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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.
Our focus this week is on identifying birds by their call or song.  We climbed up the "fort"  in our yard to get still and listen to the woods.  While we were sitting quietly the children used their spy glasses to see if they could spot any birds.

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)

1. Bluejay*

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.


Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

Loved the bird call game! I knew most but not all of them. This is something our family has been working on over the last year and it is amazing how many you can learn when you take them one at a time.

Great journals and sketches.

Please submit this to the carnival!

learning ALL the time!!/Susan said...

What a fun time! We've had a lot of April showers lately, too.
Isn't All About Birds a great site?

Melissa said...

Looks like you guys had fun even without making it to the sanctuary :)
We love to use that website for bird sounds as well!