Thursday, June 12, 2008
We have had so much more rain today (many inches)...and once again tornadoes throughout the area. What a June.
One of A's favorite things to do lately is watch and identify birds. Our neighborhood has been so full of birds this year and watching so many right from our own porch has sparked a big interest which is carrying over to birdwatching on our walks/hikes as well. He wants to know about their eggs, nests, songs, what they eat and if they migrate. We have found so many great resources which are good for kids ... books, sticker books, bird watching logs, bird song Cd's, and some great websites and birding blogs. Here are just a few of our current favorites:
Backyard Birds of Summer by Carol Lerner
Beginning Birdwatcher's Book: With 48 Stickers
This is a favorite because it is a birdwatching log for kids. You see a bird, you place the sticker, read about the bird, and can add notes about where you saw it.
Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song
This is a digital audio book - you look up the bird, and then play its song - or vice versa - so you can instantly match a sound with a bird.
Birds, Nests and Eggs, by Mel Boring
We have so many great birding books right now (we have several in our sidebar reading lists), but have found we are also visiting some great birding websites and blogs to find out more about what we see (or hope to see). Here are just a few:
Mike's Wisconsin Birding & Digiscoping Blog
American Birding Association
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
And when Dover's eggs hatch we will reach a whole new level of birdwatching!