Bird Study

Liz has gotten to be a rather good birder and photographer. She took these shots of the woodpecker and finches from indoors.

I just love this one!

Kate drew this lovely picture unasked:

Kate's birds drawing

We made pinecone birdie Valentines for the birds.

The gloves didn’t fit Alex so he did it bare-handed. You can tell he doesn’t like it.

Kate loved every second!

I love Tori’s reaction to the gooey-ness:

Kate loved her finished pinecone, ready to hang!

She picked a branch in our lone tree in our backyard.

We shook the pinecones in a baggie of birdseed and tied yarn to them.

Tori picked our shepherd’s crook to hang her pinecones.

Rubeus guarded the deck.

Recipe for Bird Pinecone Valentines:

  • Large open pinecones
  • Birdseed
  • Peanut Butter
  • Lard
  • optional: dried fruit, berries, dried corn, seeds, nuts
    1. Mix the PB and lard.
    2. Spread the mix into the crevices of a pinecone.
    3. Shake the pinecone in a bag of birdseed to coat.
    4. Tie a string to the pinecone to hang for the birds.
    5. Sit back and watch your new feathered friends flock to the gift!

The kids loved it that our Bible reading for the day was from Luke 12:22-34 about the birds and flowers. And we also read a lovely poetry book: Birds of a Feather by Jane Yolen.

Bird sightings in our backyard so far this month: chickadees, sparrows, scrub jays, towhees, finches, woodpecker, magpies, crows

Awesome woodpecker page and article here.

Check out the Great Backyard Bird Count info.

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  1. says

    This is a great way to help our kids start to notice God’s creation………there is so much to see right in our own yards. :) Thank you for sharing this. Gentle Joy

  2. says

    I love that you had them get their hands dirty (with an option for gloves, of course) Such great sensory training. Great idea to focus on nature in their own backyard. Great job.


  3. says

    I love observing wildlife with my children, we feed birds and squirrels so I have to try this with my kids.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  4. says

    We’ve don something like this before (but with corn cobs). Such a great activity! Your daughter’s pictures are great!