The winter is a great time for bird watching! 51.3 million Americans birdwatch. So this month g2g Outside is going to join in the fun!
The mission for this week is to throw out some bird seed in the back or front yard, near a window where it’s easy for you and your children to watch the birds that come to feast.
What seeds do you throw out? Sunflower seeds attract the most variety of birds (jays, finches, nuthatches, etc). Safflower seeds are also great. Millet and corn work well too. You can find bird seed mixes at the store that have all of these.
If you don’t have a bird feeder, just scatter the seeds on the ground or on a tray on a porch railing and see who comes to eat. It’s lots of fun for kids to see which birds visit the backyard, and then go to a bird ID book or website to discover the name of the bird they saw. Check out this online bird guide.
Mission Report: 1) How many birds came and ate your bird seed? 2) Can you name any of the birds you saw? 3) Draw or take a picture of the birds you saw eating in your backyard.
For more information on bird watching join me at Wichita Tractor Supply East, at 11am on January 22 for an hour bird feeding and watching seminar. This is geared towards adults, but older children who are interested in birds will enjoy it. I will include hints on how to encourage young people to start bird watching.