We see them when we look up at the sky, we hear them chirping every morning, birds really are brilliant so this week let’s have a hoot and celebrate our feathery friends!
We need to encourage birds to visit our gardens and windowsills so that we can watch and learn from them with our own eyes, so let’s start the week by making some bird feeders:
If you don’t have a garden or back yard, you can ask an adult to help you scatter some bird seed along your windowsills, or hang the feeders from a tree, wall or fence that you can see from your house.
Try to get your bird feeders outside as soon as possible; birds can be shy and may not visit your feeders at first, but don’t worry, they will soon start to visit once they know it’s safe to do so, and that there’s food there!
Now, let’s discover just how brilliant birds are, watch this short film and see if you can learn something new about them!
Are you an early bird? If you wake up bright and early and look outside your window, can you see any birds singing? If so, then perhaps you could help us to make a big bird song by filming a single bird singing for about 15 seconds on your phone or tablet, and emailing it to us. Ask an adult to help you and visit our webpage for more information.
How many different types of bird can you see? Let’s do a bird watch and find out! You will need your eagle eyes, a pencil and a notepad, our garden bird spotter sheet (below) or online bird identifier and if you have binoculars you can use them, but they’re not essential.
Find a comfy spot to sit either in your garden or by a window that looks onto a garden, park or trees in your street.
- Be still and quiet.
- Look all around you, on the ground, in the trees and in the sky.
- If you see a bird, find out what it is using the spotter sheet, a bird book or our online identifier.
- Write down each type of bird that you see, and tell us what you’ve seen by taking part in our bird survey!
Do you have a favourite bird? Choose a bird that you have seen, or a bird that you really like, and draw it, paint it, make a collage or create it using lego, clay, plasticine or playdough.
Next time you go in your garden or for a walk, see if you can find any feathers on the ground that you can collect. When you get home, see if you can identify what type of feather they are and how a bird uses them, as well as what type of bird they may have come from. Make sure you wash your hands with soap when you have finished touching feathers. This website has useful information about feathers which may help.
Challenge yourself with our Birds of Prey Wordsearch. Click on the picture below to print it out.
Finally, here are some quacking jokes for you to share with your family:
Q: What do you give a sick bird?
Q: What is black and white and black and white and black and white and…?
A: A penguin falling down the stairs!
Q: What kind of bird works at a construction site?
A: The crane!
Q: Why does a flamingo lift up one leg?
A: Because if it lifted both legs it would fall over!
Q: Why do birds fly south in the winter?
A: Because it’s too far to walk!