The idea: Head out to your backyard to bird watch.
Our notes from the field: A few weeks ago, my oldest son and I painted a bird feeder to hang in our backyard. We filled it with black oil sunflower seeds, hung it out near the end of a branch on our lemon tree and have been feeding the birds ever since.
One afternoon, my son wanted to help me refill the feeder. Since we were already there, we plopped down under the tree for a few minutes to watch for birds.
While we waited, we heard a ton of chatter coming from the trees above. The little birds that hang out there are plentiful, small and quick. So quick I couldn’t snap a photo of them. But we did see quite a few!
We had a lot of fun taking a break from our day to listen to all the chatter and connect with each other and the environment around us.
Take-home tips: I’m sure as we add more bird feeders to our collection, we’ll have even more visitors stopping by. In the future, I’d make a few changes to our backyard bird watching time:
- Bring binoculars! My son has a pair (which we forgot for this outing), but I’m in denial about the fact that I’ve lost mine. This puts me at a severe disadvantage when it comes time for games of bird “I spy.”
- Get to know your birds. Prior to our backyard bird watching adventure, I didn’t really notice the different types of birds hanging out in our trees. I’ve since become obsessed with figuring out who’s out there. The best part is my son wants to help! So far we’ve identified the house sparrow.