Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bird Blind: Field Study


We transformed into Bird Watchers today and created our own Backyard Bird Blind for observational purposes. http://something2offer.com/free-bird-watching-resources/#_a5y_p=1176154

Originally, we brought out the bean teepee, but as it turned out O and Baby C had other plans in mind.
They started bringing wood boards from the back of the yard to cover the opening of their outdoor art studio and used the Christmas tree as a forest decoy!



They even chose a board that had a natural hole for viewing!



Then O prepped a bucket-on-a-string and explained that it was for holding items and clothing!


Baby C attempted watching for birds from the uncovered teepee, but that became boring quickly!


She soon retreated into the Bird Blind with her sister and started using the equipment!

'I can't see!!!"

 

We added previously made Bird Masks complete with real feathers as 'camouflage', but those were retired upon finding how tricky they were combined with binoculars and our new telescope!

Geosafari Telescope
This lovely bit of childrens equipment comes from the same brand as one of our microscopes gifted to us.
It's not heavy-duty, but works extremely well, especially for it's low price. https://www.amazon.ca/Educational-Insights-GeoVision-Telescope-Microscope/dp/B000A3YI2S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460629900&sr=8-1&keywords=geosafari+kids+telescope
We set up the tripod under the easel with a tiny stool.


O & Baby C took their field study very seriously.
Initially I asked them to "hide-out and be very quiet!", to which O replied, "But we're kids!"
After a half hour of (near) complete silence, they were still hard at work with the supplies and sketch boards.


  




Finally, O suggested that we would likely see birds better from the kitchen table!
She was absolutely right on!
We retreated to the indoors for a snack and some actual birds!

EXPAND ON BIRD WATCHING 
Great Backyard Bird Count. Come February, your family can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count.
http://gbbc.birdcount.org/


'Mole and Baby Bird' is one of the best books we have in our home library. 
A little mole discovers a baby bird without a mother and takes him home to build him a cage, despite everyone's wishes to free him back to the wild.


'Shh, we have a plan' remains one of Baby C's favourite reads.
Another story about a bird who people would potentially like to trap!


'The Encyclopedia of Birds' was a $2 score from a second-hand store. It is loaded with colour pictures and simple facts. A great field study guide.


'Backyard Birds' was written by Robert Bateman and contains some of his early sketches as a young boy.
Stunning paintings and interesting tidbits about backyard wildlife.


'Birds in your backyard' is chocked with DIY projects to attract birds to your surroundings.


'Bird Songs' has been playing in our house all week. A bird call is followed by the species name. It's like bringing the outdoors in!!

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