|I took this photo of an American Goldfinch |
at my feeder. It is a beautiful bird!
- Put the bird feeder in the yard where you can view it from a window.
- It sometimes takes a week or so for the birds to find your feeder.
- Remember to keep the feeders full and clean.
- Adding a bird bath will attract even more birds.
- Have a camera ready to take a photo of the different birds.
- Your child could get a notebook or journal to place the photo in. Then they could write the birds name and the first time that they saw it and anything else they'd like. They could share their bird journal with family and friends. Its a great way to work on writing skills during the summer.
- Make a bird blind by building a stick fort or putting out a toy tent for your child to spy on the birds.
- Keep a yard list. Birders often keep a list of all of the birds that they see or hear in or near their yard - including fly-overs. I keep my list taped to the inside of my cupboard door and I add to it as I go. This yard list is kind of fun to view.
- Your child will probably be able to identify most of the birds, but if they are unsure you could look up birds at "All About Birds".
Visit our local business, "Fairway Seeds" and they could help you get set up with the kind of bird feeder and seed that you would like. There are finch feeders that you fill with Nyjer thistle seeds. These feeders will attract American Goldfinches. Many other birds don't have the correct bill for eating out of these feeders. Black oil sunflower seeds work in most other feeders. There are other seeds you could use too. Don't worry about the seed that falls to the ground as it will not go to waste. Some birds do their feeding only off of the ground.
You may feel frustrated with squirrels or Common Grackles that come and seem to eat too much, but the squirrels are entertaining and they are just doing what squirrels do. The Common Grackles are only here in large groups for a short time and then most of them will move on.
Watching bird behavior is both entertaining and relaxing. I hope that you will consider attracting birds to your yard. I'm sure your child would love it!