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A Bird Unit Study by Donna Godfrey

We spent a good amount of time on birds and bird feeders. The apartment was in a wooded area with plenty of bird life and a small swap that added some unique birds.

The camera was used again to take pictures of birds...no matter where we went. But my son took about 13 pictures of different birds eating at our feeders. We lived in the second floor and had huge trees on the deck side. We could put several birdhouses and birdfeeders on them and also on the deck area. We were blessed with a big deck. First my son got a kit that was a birdhouse and he and his dad worked on that at the shop...my husband was maintenance supervisor and could always use the shop. They also made several bird feeders. They drew the plans on paper and into his journal and than took step by step pictures.

Then we went on the internet to see what seeds different birds liked and went to the store for these. Ryan made a chart of these and also decided to feed the many squirrels on the ground so that they wouldn't come up on the deck -- that sure helped.

What birds eat

This is a good bird unit and gave us the main facts. Ryan drew the beaks and the classes of birds, then he set up a log for the birds he saw on the deck -- really the whole property -- and a log for our trips to Helen, Georgia and for Amicola State Park.

Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Blue Jay
American Goldfinch
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Brown Thrasher
Chipping Sparrow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Mourning Dove
American Robin

We often saw this but never got a good picture: Red-bellied Woodpecker

This is a wonderful bird site... you can listen to calls and be sure what bird it is. They also have a free local nature guide and it tells you what will be in your area along with pictures and the sounds. I still come to this site! The songs and calls of more than 550 North American birds can now be heard online. Just click on one of the names below to find a particular species.

Printable Bird Journal for Kids


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