Friday, 16 April 2010

Outdoor Hour Challenge ~ Spring Bird Study

We have been watching the Red-Winged Blackbirds eating at our backyard bird feeder and listening to them too, near our house and at the farmer's field.

As part of our ongoing nature study, we decided to find out more about these particular birds. The Handbook of Nature Study has a couple of pages (pg 117 to 119) on this particular type. The Red-Winged Blackbird male is one of the earliest visitors in the spring in our area, the female comes a few weeks later. The male is mostly black with red and yellow on the epaulets, while the female is mostly brown.

I read the pages aloud from the Handbook of Nature Study and discussed our observations together, using some of the questions from the lesson on page 119. I find these questions are a great starting point to get our conversations going, but I wouldn't try to use every single question available!

We found the Red-Winged Blackbird in the Feeder Birds Colouring Book by Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and National Audubon Society and used it on our notebook page instead of sketching the bird this time.

We also listened to its song on our Backyard Birdsong Guide (from Cornell) and online as well at the All About Birds site.

We went for a walk near our house and could hear a lot of birds. I took a short video and you can hear the Red-Winged Blackbirds in it, along with a few other birds, and our dog panting too!

Barb at Handbook of Nature Study Blog has excellent suggestions for doing this Spring Bird Study


  1. Very encouraging report! I'm having a hard time narrowing down which birds to study- I think - like usual - I'll just go out with the boys and wait to hear what they see. :)

  2. Very nice, as per usual...we are behind ont his lol. We never see those Red-Winged Blackbirds around here, they look so nice.

  3. I think we enjoy a few of the suggestions questions and ideas for study each time we come back to a particular subject. If you go over a few from the HNS this time, then the next time you want to spend a little time on the blackbird, you will have some fresh material. I have learned over the last few years that our nature study builds each time we visit a topic.

    Thanks for the video and I immediately recognize the red winged blackbird! That is one I actually know for sure.

    Have a great week.


I ♥ comments! Thank you for stopping by.


Related Posts with Thumbnails


Fun home learning book sharing monday family books wordless wednesday nature journey north art wrap-up weekly report Reading nature study holidays photography science geography sketch tuesday canada homeschool report Me pets quilting cooking for our earth DPP Movies outdoor challenge sewing exploring get outdoors Fairy outdoor hour Iditarod birthday challenge math summer celeste journey north 2009 100books Dragon Lego music Princess animals halloween home journey north 2010 lapbook NaNoWriMo author fiesta field trip public school wreck this journal poetry 12 secrets baking birds blogs journey north 2011 spring city curriculum fitness gardening moving black history month bugs earth hour journey north 2012 planning reading my library shutter sisters sled dogs this moment travel unschooling December board games calendar quilt lego quest swap air cadets feeding my family food revolution hockey library recipes what works air show author study award backyard bird count camping dr seuss father's day pirates roald dahl space sports what my children are reading year 5 Ballet DQS6 St Patrick's Day TED talks arnosky basketball biographies eating clean for others geocaching happiness mail medical memory monday orion poems science rendezvous scree-free week 2011 skating spelling winter solstice winterfest youtube 2010 olympics Charlottetown PEI Patricia Polacco Rant appreciation book collecting good deeds helping others hooping hunger games jamie oliver maze nat orchestra peace quilt-along screen-free week snail stamps the next chapter book club video games wilderness wednesday wish wednesday world news writing