One of my New Year resolutions is to have a little bit more structure and planning in our lives, so we don’t waste too much time trying to choose from too many options. I consulted an online calendar for the list of special days in January and picked a few to celebrate. One of them was a National Bird Day on January 5. As I was still recovering from my cold and Anna was coming down with it, we didn’t go far. We simply went for a walk around our neighborhood trying to see, hear and photograph as many birds as we can. It’s funny how many bird sounds we could see when we were focusing on them. We also saw quite a few flocks in the skies – after all, many birds, especially water birds, come wintering to our lands. Anna wanted to see birds up close, and we had a conversation about bird watchers’ habits of stillness and quietness – something that doesn’t come naturally to her. Still, we had luck at the house with a small bird bath, which had a sizeable flock of tiny birds visiting it just as we passed by. I estimate that we’ve seen a good hundred birds in one hour we’ve been out. There are a lot of additional extension activities that we could have done (and might still do later in the month):
- Listen to bird songs online
- Sign up for the Great Backyard Bird Count
- Make bird treats
- Read books about birds
- If your child is really into birds, make a hobby book.
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