Bird feeder (Wednesday)
Welcome to our Bird Feeder!
Look out for different birds that come to visit each Wednesday!
Listen to their songs and learn to recognise each bird by its own distinctive call.
Look this bird up on the internet and find out some facts about it.
In response, you could draw/paint this bird, you could write a short paragraph describing this bird in detail.
Go into your own garden and look/listen for this bird. Report back to us here at All Saints'.
We can set up a Bird Log of your sightings!
Get your binoculars out!
I hear this bird on my long walks in the countryside, usually near an open field or at the edges of a woods.
Listen carefully to its call (click here). I'm sure you have heard it on your walks and not realised what it was.
Here's a picture of what we heard:
- Find out all you can about this beautiful bird-of-prey. The best websites to visit are RSPB, Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust and Birdspot.
- These websites all contain beautiful photos of the buzzard: flying, in the nest, feeding, close-up.
- You might want to draw/paint/sketch an image of the buzzard from these photos. Try to match the colours of its feathers with your pencil crayons/pastels/chalk.
- Keep your ears and eyes open for a buzzard when you go for walks in open countryside or near the edge of woods. Click here to watch a video of various buzzards, with their call in the background. It's a haunting call and instantly recognisible once you learn it.
- The buzzard used to be an endangered species (meaning: close to extinction, there aren't very many of that type of animal left in the world). Here's an article from the BBC about buzzard numbers in the UK, celebrating the fact that buzzards are no longer considered endangered.
Look what I have found during my early morning walks in the past few days! Can you work out which birds they might belong to?
- Look carefully at the different shapes and colours of the feathers. Where on a bird's body do you think they come from?
- Find some feathers on your walk (ask an adult first and make sure you wash your hands after you handle the feathers). Look at them close up with a magnifying lens. How do the bits of the feather hold together? Why do they need to be this way?
- Choose a feather and tease the bits apart. Look again closely. Can you see the 'barbs' that hold each strand to the next one? Find a labelled diagram of a feather online (e.g. click here and here) and draw your own labelled diagram of your chosen feather.
- Compare one feather to another very different one. What makes all feathers the same? What parts are different? Measure the length and width of two or three different feathers. How do they compare? Are feathers symmetrical? Why do you think this is the case?
All of these birds belong to the same family!
These birds are all tits: Great tit, Blue tit, coal tit
They belong to the Paridae family and can be seen often at your bird feeder. Their calls are clear and distinctive and can be heard in your garden or nearby woods all day (Great tit song, Blue tit song, Coal tit song)
- Look at each bird carefully. What is similar/different between the three birds?
- Look these birds up on the RSPB website to find out what they eat, where they live, how they sound, sizes, habits, ....
- Write a report about these tits in your own words. Illustrate your report with careful coloured drawings to show the differences between them clearly.
Here's the next exciting visitor! You'll hear it before you see it!
You know it is spring when you hear this sound!
High up in the trees, this bird makes a rapid drumming sound, as it searches in the bark for insects.
A great spotted woodpecker has white shoulder patches, black and white wing patterns and vivid red patches under its tail.
Once you hear this bird, try searching for it on a branch high up in the tree, amongst the new leaves.
Find out more about this fascinating bird on the RSPB website.
Wood pigeons are found in gardens and parks, and frequently under bird-feeders, picking up the seeds and scraps that have fallen off the table.
They make a 4-5 note call that you all know - we hear it all the time!
I think they are saying: I don't .... want to go, don't ...... want to go, I don't want.... to go.
What do you think?
Another bird that sound similar is the 3- note call of the collared dove.
I think it is saying 'I loooove you! I loooove you!' Do you agree?
Make up your own words to each call. Let us know what you come up with!
This bird makes a clear two-note call that is easily recognised.
It sounds a bit like tee-cher. tee-cher. Think of your teacher when you hear it!