Nature Study: Winter Backyard Birds

Birds are so familiar that you might not always notice them. In reality, they are amazing creatures! Keep an eye out for these birds in your yard, and watch them carefully.

Pay close attention! Can you learn these things about each of the birds you see?

  • What does the bird look like?
  • What shape is it?
  • What color is it? 
  • What sounds does it make?
  • What does it eat? 
  • How does it hide? 
  • How does it fly?

Look for these feathered friends!

You can click on these pictures for more information about each bird.

Northern Cardinal
American Robin
Blue Jay
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Mourning Dove
Northern Mockingbird
Carolina Chickadee
House Sparrow

Books About Birds

Have you heard of Anna Botsford Comstock’s Handbook of Nature Study? It’s a fantastic book that covers all kinds of creatures, plants, and habitats. Since it has all sorts of resources in it, you should download it for free here.

Anna Botsford Comstock talks about Birds on pages 25-147. Take a few minutes to look at some of those pages, and then keep those ideas in mind as you and your kids watch for birds this month. That way, you may remember the answers to some of their questions, and you have another handy resource to check when you can’t. (I know it’s a big chunk, but there is a lot of information as well as pages for specific kinds of birds.)



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