Outdoor Hour Challenge Hawk – Bird Study

Learning about hawks using the Handbook of Nature Study and the Outdoor Hour Challenge will prepare your family for the next time you encounter one of these majestic birds in person. We often spot hawks sitting on fence posts, telephone poles, and atop trees in the forest. They can be seen flying or soaring over the tree tops, making it necessary to have a little knowledge of what they look like from below in order to identify them.

The Outdoor Hour Challenge linked below has some wonderful resources for gaining the skills to make a hawk identification even from a distance.

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Use this link to the challenges in the archives:

Outdoor Hour Challenge – Hawk Bird Study (from the Autumn Nature Study Continues ebook)

Hawk Bird Nature Study @handbookofnaturestudy

I invite you to read the information and then share it with your children. Perhaps you can pick one of the hawks mentioned in the lesson and start with learning about one hawk. After you learn about that one, pick another hawk for another nature study session.

If you get overwhelmed by the amount of information about hawks, remind yourself that birding and bird watching can be lifelong activities.

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This challenge is found in the Autumn Nature Study Continues ebook found in the Ultimate and Journey level memberships here on the Handbook of Nature Study. You can print the notebooking pages and the coloring pages included in the ebook to supplement your nature study this week.

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Top Picks for Field Guides

Building a library of field guides for your reference shelves is something you can do as you work through the Outdoor Hour Challenges or as part of creating a homeschool library. You don’t need to invest a lot of money all at one time, but choose a topic of interest and search out a good field guide as you can afford it. It’s an investment in your family’s growing interest in nature study that will enrich your life for many years to come.

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What is a Field Guide?

First of all, what is a field guide? A field guide is a book that helps you identify wildlife like plants and animals or other objects you find in nature like rocks or weather phenomenon. It’s usually created to cover a specific region or area of the world. The guide should have photos or illustrations of the object along with descriptions of the subject that help the reader identify it. Field guides are usually arranged to group subjects by color, shape, or habitat. Each guide will have introductory pages to explain how that particular field guide is organized.

Our collection of field guides has grown year by year. I will share three series of field guides to use alongside the Handbook of Nature Study: Audubon Society Field Guides, Peterson Field Guides, and Golden Guides.

 

Audubon Society Field Guides (This link will take you to a list of all the guides available.)

¨ Actual photographs – glossy and in color

¨ Separate section with thorough descriptions for identification

¨ Vinyl cover for more durable wear or carrying in your day pack

¨ Some topics available in Western or Eastern North American editions

¨ My favorite: Birds

 

Peterson Field Guides (This link will take you to a list of all the series available.)

¨ Illustrations of typical specimens

¨ Field marks for birds

¨ Leaves, nuts, cones, needles shown for identification in the tree guide

¨ My favorite: Trees

 

Golden Guides (This link will take you to the list of guides available.)

¨ Compact size and interesting to look at

¨ Illustrations in color

¨ More than a field guide with help in getting the most out of each study

¨ My favorite: Pond Life

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I’ve chosen field guides by category and listed them on my website under the particular topics. Click the appropriate tab at the top of the website (or the graphic below) to discover those I’ve used and love the best.

 Outdoor Hour Challenge Garden Wildflower and Weeds Index @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge Insect Nature Study Challenges Index @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge Tree Nature Study Index @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge Mammal Nature Study Index @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge Bird Nature Study Index of Challenges @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge Mushrooms Lichen Moss Fern Index @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge Reptiles Amphibians invertebrates fish index @handbookofnaturestudy

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Outdoor Hour Challenge: Belted Kingfisher – Bird Study

Whether it’s a lake, a pond, or a river, autumn is a perfect time to be outside looking for birds. The changes in the landscape will start to be noted by your family as you walk along the water’s edge. Keep your eyes open for any birds you see during your Outdoor Hour time. Listen for the belted kingfisher.

”The note of the kingfisher is a loud rattle, not especially pleasant close at hand, but not unmusical at a little distance.” Handbook of Nature Study

The information in the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock will prepare you for learning more about the belted kingfisher, a dazzlingly pretty bird. On a hike this summer, our family had a chance to see and hear two kingfishers as they flew by us along the river. It was exciting and now a treasured memory.

Use this link to the challenges in the archives:

Outdoor Hour Challenge –Belted Kingfisher Nature Study (from the Autumn Nature Study Continues ebook)

Belted Kingfisher Bird Nature Study @handbookofnaturestudy

Look for kingfishers sitting on branches near or overhanging the water. They sit there watching for their next meal of fish.

Remember, the alternate nature study this week is to look for and then learn about any birds you see near the water. Keep it simple and enjoy your time outside with your children.

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This challenge is found in the Autumn Nature Study Continues ebook found in the Ultimate and Journey level memberships here on the Handbook of Nature Study. You can print the notebooking pages and the coloring page included in the ebook to supplement your nature study this week.

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