1.) Get a birdfeeder
I got a squirrel-proof (and more importantly, mouse-proof. Ugh) birdfeeder for around $12. It hangs on the front porch, where we can see it from inside on those snowy days. It’s better than television.
2.) Get a birdbath
If the thought of one more (or twenty more) mouths to feed makes you cringe, set up a birdbath in the front yard. Birds are always looking for water that hasn’t iced over — if you keep yours filled, they’ll visit there as well. You don’t need a storebought birdbath, either — mine is a flower pot saucer on a stump.
3.) Go on a bird watching hike or walk
A few visitor centers around here keep track of the kinds of birds they see. Keep an eye out for those. And bring along a pair of binoculars (we like these) and a notebook to draw pictures or keep notes about what you find.
4.) Get an app
The Audobon Society has a birdwatching app that helps you identify birds, play their calls, look up what other birds have recently been seen in your area, and make your own wildlife lists and charts.
5.) Get a bird book
I like the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, probably because my mom always had a Roger Tory Peterson bird book around. It’s not specifically a kids’ book, but the kids will have fun trying to find the birds they spot in it.
You can also read children’s books featuring birds — fiction and non-fiction, they’re both fun ways to relate to our feathered friends!
–No Two Alike by Keith Baker
–Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
–Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
–Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
–National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America by Jonathan Alderfer
Do you go bird watching? What do you do?
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