|MT found a feather!|
Brilliant Idea!!! I remembered that the Challenge post stated that you could do the study with whatever local birds you can find.
So, we set up five chairs near the bird feeder, which is also next to the copse of trees, passed out crayons, pencils, and paper to sketch our birds. I read to them about Cardinals and Chickadees from The Handbook of Nature Study and we watched. We saw several birds, Black-Capped Chickadees, a female Cardinal, and one I didn’t recognize. Maggie said it was a Titmouse and when we looked it up it appears to be a Tufted Titmouse.
Notes from The Handbook of Nature Study:
- They eat insect eggs, caterpillars, and some insects.
- They hang upside down from the branch to search for insect eggs attached to the bottom of the branch.
- They can be very friendly.
- They wait in line in the tree branch to eat at the feeder.
- They enjoy tapping on the glass as though it will bring more seed.
- They leave the feeder when a Titmouse approaches.
- They are very noisy – they love to chatter and chirp!
Notes form The Handbook of Nature Study:
- They are seed eaters.
- The male will stay with the “toddlers” while the female sets a second clutch of eggs. Other than that they usually do not stay in groups.
- The females often dig in the dry leaves for seeds. You can hear little noises in the trees as soon as you step outside, but their coloring is perfect for hiding, so you have to look very hard to see them on the ground.
- They are more polite than the Titmouse and will sit back and wait for birds to leave the feeder before they approach. (because of that, we couldn’t get any photos of them yesterday!)
We have come to recognize the Cardinal’s voice, but paid special attention to the Chickadee. Later we went to whatbird.com and allaboutbirds.org and listened to the sounds of the Chickadee and the Titmouse. This is a great way to begin to identify your backyard birds by sound.
The next challenge is Horses! We will be heading to Papa's & Mimi’s house for exploration of this one. Take some time to get outside this week and see what is around you!