OHC Winter Bird Study – Looking at your resident winter birds.

Winter bird watching can be rewarding! Even when the landscape is covered in snow or ice or mud, there are always birds that will come to visit if you create a little bird friendly habitat with some seeds, suet, and fresh water. You can observe birds right from your window if the weather isn’t friendly. Or, if you have the right conditions, take a bird walk in a near-by wood. Winter is an amazing time to stroll your neighborhood looking for resident or visiting birds.

In addition to just enjoying your local birds, this week’s Outdoor Hour Challenge helps you to learn a little bit about bird migration using the information in the Handbook of Nature Study and couple of online resources. Click over to the original challenge and see how easy this nature study can be for your family.


I’m enjoying Project Feederwatch which helps keep me motivated to look for birds at my own feeder. Use this challenge as a way to motivate your family to look for birds during the winter months.


Looking at your winter resident birds nature study

Winter Bird Nature Study Handbook of Nature Study pages 35-37

Make sure to note the links and additional resources suggested for your tree study.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Bird Nature Study Index of Challenges @handbookofnaturestudy

Check the Handbook of Nature Study index for the bird you observe this week or use the bird tab at the top of my website to see if there is an archived Outdoor Hour Challenge for you to use in your study.

Make sure to click the link below to read the entire Outdoor Hour Challenge with helpful links, nature study ideas, and suggested follow-up activities.

Winter Bird Nature Study Handbook of Nature Study pages 35-37

Cornell Bird Coloring Book Dove

Additional Ideas for Bird Study

Download and save the Cornell Feeder Bird coloring book. This book has many of the most common birds you will see in your backyard and it makes a perfect complement to your family’s bird nature study.

Earlier this year I wrote about the book Birds, Nests, and Eggs as part of the Nature Book Club. You may wish to click over and read that entry and use the printables available in that entry for additional study.


Winter Nature Study ebooks graphic and promo

Please note this challenge is found in the Winter Series ebook found in the Ultimate Naturalist Library membership. Log into your membership and scroll down to the ebook download link. Included in the ebook, there is a custom notebook page for this challenge.

Learning About Birds 3D cover

You can find even more bird nature study ideas in the Learning About Birds ebook from the Outdoor Hour Challenge. This ebook is available to both Ultimate and Journey level members here on the Handbook of Nature Study.

Ultimate Naturalist Library September 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy


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