Your activity kit has several items in it that we will use together this week, and some extra fun ones that you can do on your own. There is a pair of binoculars, a bird pocket field guide, an owl pellet, a book of stickers, a paint by sticker bird image, two bird paper airplanes, and a bird wind chime. There is a journal as well that includes some journal pages, a guide to see what's in your owl pellet, and activities that you can continue to work on during our gatherings and beyond!
This is my favorite introductory video to the simplified Five different voices of birds. The reason I love starting with this in studying bird language is because it's universal. No matter where you are in the world, whether you know the kinds of birds or their calls, you can understand the patterns of voice and movement, and then understand disturbances in those patterns to learn about and connect with your surroundings.
There are many different types of birds nests, depending on the size of the bird and it's habitat. Click on the image below for your own printable worksheet to practice six basic types of nests.
Or gather materials in your backyard and build your own platform nest on a plate, or cup nest in a bowl!
We don't have nearly the same magical skills as birds, but we can start with a base of sticks or leaves on the bottom, and then build up around it to protect from wind and help camouflage it from predators.
I am in awe of these 10' wide eagle nests (raised platforms)!
For more birdcams from the Audubon Society, click here
This is a great video to learn about some common owls sounds, and what they look like. For more information about owls in TX, check out this list (with photos).
And feel free to share this story again!
(If you're an Amazon Prime member, it's free to watch)
This short video talks about four different types of beaks, and offers lots of photos of birds and their beaks! This channel is all about birds too, if you want to check it out.
Beak knowledge is also universal in that no matter where you travel in the world, you can gain knowledge about local birds without knowing what type of bird they are.