Birds are often located by sound but they sing less in the winter. They do make calls and chipping sounds as they forage, but the best aid to locating them is that the tree limbs are mostly bare of leaves this time of year!
White-throated Sparrows are one of the species we listen for to discover their arrival. They often sing when they arrive on their wintering territory and begin singing again in the spring before departing for their breeding grounds in the forests of Canada. With the help of binoculars, students were able to see the sparrow's bright yellow lores or bird eye-brows!
The small size of the barn owl skull caught some attention. Most of the size we see in the barn owl's head is its feathers!
filaments hold together. Birds take care of their feathers by preening. Paula compares preening to a zipper on a jacket--preening zips the filaments back together!
Each of the students received a Discover Birds Activity book. Ms VanWinkle has used the book to help introduce vocabulary related to the study of birds.
Ms VanWinkle's students are creating a field guide of the birds they find! I hope they will allow us to share some of their projects with you on this blog!
A special thank you to Billie Cantwell for the images appearing in this blog post and to Ms VanWinkle and her class for a great experience!
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