I've been keeping a nature journal along with my winter A Sense of Place e-Course participants, and so I'm recording what flies through. Sunday was a big day, with the following spotted or heard:
- a white egret and a great blue heron down by the lake
- male & female blue jays at the bird feeder, around the garden pond and in the strawberry plants
- 2 red-bellied woodpeckers in the cypress tree
- 4 wood ducks swimming in the lake
- male & female cardinals in the bamboo and cypress tree
- mockingbirds singing heartily
- a nearby rooster crowing incessantly
The Backyard Birdsong Guide, which has a digital audio module with over 130 bird sounds.
It's a Great Time to Start Bird Watching!
Attracting birds to your yard is an excellent way to get kids excited about and involved in nature. If you haven't one already, consider adding a bird feeder to your landscape. Position it in an area you can view easily from a porch or window. Then, give your littles a notepad and pencil to record what flies in.
This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count (Feb. 15-18), an annual event that anyone, anywhere in the world can participate in. You simply tally the number of individual birds of each species you see during the 4-day timeframe and enter your numbers on the GBBC website. An easy, free, and fun way to engage bird enthusiasts of all ages! Check out the GBBC kid's page for some games and activities that help kids learn more about their feathered friends.
I'd love to know what birds you're spotting in your neck of the woods... head over to the A Natural Nester facebook page and share your sightings!