(Click to enlarge and see if you found all of them. Look for the yellow stars)
We keep pen and paper nearby to write down the names of our bird visitors. It's fun to go back and see what bird visited on what day and when certain seeds or suet were offered.
The field guides are kept by the window to look up the birds we don't know. These are the two we use the most.
We also have our bird chart hanging by the window, especially for people who visit. Before long they are trying to identify the birds themselves. Birding is contagious.
The birds visit the haven in all weather.
There are those who hang out and wait their turn.
sometimes on a nearby fence.
BUT there are others who come and partake of the birds' food. . .
but after all, they are living creatures too, I guess there IS room for all.
The squirrels are quite brazen and and don't even care when we appear at the window.
They are fun to watch.
The hens have discovered good eating here too, and make their way up the deck from their coop
The Bird Haven has also been quite the entertainment for the kittens in the house. Each morning they sit atop a chest by the window and watch. Sometimes they peek through the curtains .
Children LOVE the Bird Haven. Perhaps you would like to make one. You can see how we made it HERE. You can make one now, even if the ground is frozen where you live, just buy potting soil from the store.
Activities to do with the Bird Haven.
- keep a list of the birds that visit and the date
- notice their markings, beaks, what they eat and where they eat
- look up the birds in a field guide and learn more about them
- take pictures of them
- draw them as you watch them, or from the pictures you take
- paint them with watercolors or use watercolor pencils
- make a bird book, telling what you know about each one or create a story
- fill the feeders and add suet. We provide black oil sunflower seed, shelled peanuts, niger (thistle seed), saffllower seed, and suet.
- put out a very shallow dish of fresh water
-colored pencils ( we love Prismacolor)
-drawing paper, watercolor paper
- field guides on birds
A great activity for the Hands On Homeschool blog carnival.