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Bird watching has always been an interest of mine. Although, admittedly, I’m no expert at identifying the birds or their calls. The boys and I love to look for birds on hikes and along the trail during bike rides. That’s why I was excited to check out the Look and Learn Birds set by PBS Kids.
The kit makes it super simple for the boys (and me too) to identify common birds. It comes with a pair of easy to use binoculars, a portable laminated list of common North American birds, a bird poster with activities and a 64-page book.
The photos in the book are bright and engaging. Honestly, sometimes reading nonfiction with the boys doesn’t keep their attention. That was not the case with this book. The bright pictures and graphics pull them in as they learn why males and females sometimes look different, how to tell the difference between birds based on their size and pattern and what the different types of feet are used for.
We started by checking out the laminated list of common North American birds. Using the list, we picked out the birds we already knew or often see but didn’t know the name.
Then we started reading the book a little at a time. The next time we played outside we were sure to take out the binoculars and laminated list and started identifying birds in our backyard.
As we continue our study, we have special bird outings planned.
Owling Under A Full Moon
The first of which we set out on right away. We had been waiting for a full moon and got our chance at the end of January. A perfect snowy, full moon night that had enough of a break in the clouds for the moon to light our way. We grabbed Grandma and Grandpa and all of our snow gear and set out to look and listen for screech owls and great horned owls in the woods.
We did just what they did in the classic book, Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. With a 2 year old and a 4 year old we were a pretty noisy crew. Even though, I think we did hear the call of a screech owl in the distance (along with Grandpa hiding in the treeline making owl sounds and growling noises!).
Biggest Week In American Birding
Our next big birding adventure is to take part in the Biggest Week In American Birding. Since we live in the “warbler capital of the world”, we’ll be setting out with tens of thousands of tourists who flock to northwest Ohio for 10 days of birding festivities. The festival includes workshops, guided tours, keynote speakers and more. In early May, large concentrations of warblers pass through northwest Ohio on their way to northern breeding grounds. As many as 30 species have been spotted. If you’re interested in birds you’ve got to check this festival out May 4-13!