Robin's Birds

Birdwatching in Western Massachussets

Birds in your Backyard!

Backyard Birds and More Math and Memory Challenge #1
You need to observe the birds carefully!!
Preschoolers should download the activity and try to their answer questions while they view it. 5-8 year-olds can answer both sets of questions while viewing. Older children should not see their questions until they are done watching the video for even more of a challenge!

Watch Carefully and try to remember what you see!

Winter backyard bird activity 2

There are different populations in the bird world just like we have in our human world! Can you write or draw or say 5 things that you see that are the same and 4 things that are different between the different types of woodpeckers below? Little kids may wish to use the Red-Bellied and Harry species. Bigger kids can use all 3 species!)

Downey Woodpecker
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker

Winter Backyard Bird Activity 3

1. Make some homemade binoculars from your recyclables! You can copy mine or you could invent your own. You may have real binoculars you could use too.
2. Check out the birds in our Winter Bird Gallery.
3. Go into your yard or watch out your window.
4. Keep track of how many of each of the winter birds you see in your yard.
5. If you see different birds, comment your town and the different kind(s) you saw below!

Winter Backyard Bird Activity 4

Make your own suet with an adult’s help or your own pine cone bird feeder! Be careful to ask mom or dad for ideas if you have a peanut allergy! Birds need a lot of food to eat to be able to produce enough heat in their little bodies to survive the winter! Hang your feeder where you can see it. It might take a couple days, but watch and the birds will come!

Spring Backyard Bird Activity 1-Wait Until Spring to try this!

1. Use your homemade binoculars you made from your recyclables or your real binoculars.
2. Print the Bird Watching Checklist below.
3. Go into your yard or watch out your window.
4. Keep track of how many of each of my Backyard birds you see in your yard.
5. There will be many new birds as it is migration time. Write down the different birds you see as well! Then, comment what town you live in and the different kind(s) you saw below!

Spring Backyard Bird Activity 2
Part 1: Watch and read this video story I made last year! Try to identify what kids of birds you see. Go back and check the spring gallery to see if you are right!

Spring Backyard Bird Activity 3
1. Walk around your yard and try to find signs of spring bird activity, such as nests and baby birds! Post a picture of what you see to our Twitter #robinsbabybirds
2. Activity-Print the paper below and try to finish the bird!

My house finches are getting ready to have baby birds!

Spring Backyard Bird Activity 4
1. Go out in your yard or park or hiking trails (with an adult) and do some bird watching and bird listening! Try to write down, keep track of the birds and their sounds somehow so you can learn them and remember them. Bring a bird book or use the Merlin App if you need help to identify what birds make what sounds. If you really want to learn some more and help bird populations, ask mom or dad about joining Ebird. It is SO much fun to keep track of your birds AND know you are helping them too!

Summer Backyard Bird Activity 1-Wait until Summer!
Listen to the audio below. Try to identify and write down the different the birds you hear! This is very tricky but it is a great way to learn. Often, I will hear a bird first, and then try to find it! If you have the Merlin app,you can play the track again and let Merlin ID the sounds. Then, you can compare your list to Merlin’s! Remember, even Apps make mistakes!

Fall Backyard Bird Activity
1. How many of you did the bird-watching activities did you do this past spring and summer? If you did them, then you learned some of the kinds of birds that are in your yard during those seasons. As we talked about, many birds migrate. They came up for the spring, and now many will fly to warmer places for the winter. Look out your windows or go outside and discover how many new birds are visiting your yards on their journey. They will need a lot of food to give them the energy to fly such great distances. At the end of the fall, you will likely see some new birds that will come to stay with you for the winter season! Most of us will have Dark-Eyed Juncos as they return here to spend the winter with us. That is why they are called snow birds!

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