Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter July 2017 – Bird Tails and Bird Song

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July 2017 – Bird Tails and Songs

 

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Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter June 2017

Contents of this edition of the newsletter include:

  • My article: Learning Birds by Song- We are going to be learning about birds this month! One of my favorite activities is to listen to birds sing so this month in the newsletter I am encouraging you all to give it a try!
  • There are several printables in the newsletter this month: planning page with lots of simple nature study suggestions, nature journal toppers, nature study bookmark, and a bird life list.
  • Shirley Vels of Under an English Sky has written a very helpful article about beginning a bird study.

Resources for your Nature Library: I have started to build a nature library store on Amazon that will feature by category my favorite nature study books and resources. Take a look and see if there is anything you would like to put on your wish list for your family’s nature study library: Handbook of Nature Study Nature Library Suggestions on Amazon.com. Note this is my affiliate store to items I personally recommend and have read or seen in person.

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Printables for Members July 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy

New printables are now posted in the Member’s library!

1. Bird Tail Comparison: Use this notebook page to learn more about the shape of bird’s tails by making some comparisons.

2. Learning About the Shape of a Bird’s Tail: Do some research on bird’s tails and then do sketches of each kind of tail.

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Outdoor Hour Challenge – Summer Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly nature Study @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge

Monarch Butterflies

From the Archives and from the More Nature Study – Summer ebook

The monarch butterfly is an amazing creation. It is such a quintessential butterfly, easily recognized by its brilliant orange and black accented wings. It may appear to be fragile, but just learning about how hard this butterfly works at keeping the life cycle going makes you realize it is a mighty creature. The distances it flies to find its perfect host plant, the milkweed, is a story all in itself.

Use the ideas in the archive challenge to learn more about the monarch and then look for it in your garden or neighborhood this summer.

You may also wish to complete a milkweed study alongside the monarch butterfly study because they are so intertwined in their life stories.

Be sure to create a nature journal page to follow up your study.

Monarch butterfly garden

You can read about our monarch study here in this entry: Family Monarch Study.

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June 2017 Bird Observations

Bird List for May and June 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy

Moving to a new habitat has renewed my desire to learn more about birds. I now live right on a river that has a grassy meadow that leads up to my house. I also live on the edge of a pine forest and at a high altitude. In addition, I live in a place where I will see migratory birds that will only visit for brief periods of time or for a whole season.

It’s a whole new birding world here in Central Oregon.

I have been keeping track of the many birds that visit my yard or fly overhead during the past month and a half. It can be such a distraction to spot a new bird and feel the impulse to drop everything to grab my binoculars and field guide. But, this is part of the reason we moved here; to have our love of nature stimulated again with new and exciting nature experiences.

The people who lived in our house before us were birders as well so they had their binoculars and field guide at the window when we came to view the house. They also had a seed feeder and a hummingbird feeder set up in the backyard which made my heart happy. We have since added three more seed feeders (two sunflower and one nyjer seed), a suet feeder, an additional hummingbird feeder and two bird baths to the yard.

This list is in no way a list of EVERY bird we have had visit our yard. A few of the birds I am struggling with identifying and if I happen to capture a good image, I will share the photos in the hope that someone will know what they are and tell me.

May and June 2017 – First Bird List from Oregon!

  1. Black-headed grosbeak
  2. Mourning doves
  3. Canada goose
  4. Brewer’s blackbird
  5. Red-wing blackbird
  6. Tree swallow
  7. Cliff swallow
  8. Mountain chickadee
  9. American robin
  10. Mallard duck
  11. Osprey
  12. House finches
  13. Northern flicker
  14. Steller’s jay
  15. Common raven
  16. Turkey vulture
  17. Great blue heron
  18. Red-breasted sapsucker
  19. Rufous hummingbird
  20. Bull bat (common nighthawk) – heard early morning

 

You may be interested in reading this entry about keeping a bird “life list”. There are several suggestions for your family to get started with this satisfying project: Keeping a Bird Life List. It has a free printable list!

Birds of North America Notebooking Pages
If you are looking for a fantastic set of bird notebooking pages that includes all of the birds in the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford-Comstock, this is THE product to have on hand.

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I have used these pages with my children and in my own nature journal over the years. Please note that I am an affiliate for NotebookingPages.com and will receive a small commission if you purchase any of their products. I highly recommend this set for your bird nature study. In fact, they go perfectly with my new Learning About Birds ebook challenges!

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