Spring 2019 Bird List

I’ve been posting on my Instagram account (outdoorhourchallenge) the monthly list of birds we observe from our window and in our backyard. But, it appears I haven’t really talked about our bird visitors for some time here on the blog.  So in conjunction with or instead of the Baltimore oriole nature study from last week, I’ll be sharing some of our bird stories and the list too!

may chalkboard bird list

As you can see from the list, we had a huge variety of birds visit during the month of May.

Birds that Visit the Feeders

  • Northern flicker
  • House finches – They are seen in the feeder but also on the lawn as they eat the puffs of dandelion seeds that get left behind by the mower.
  • California scrub jays
  • Red-winged blackbirds
  • Pygmy nuthatches
  • Mountain chickadees – We have two nesting boxes with chickadee nests. I saw a mama bird fly out of the box, land on the sidewalk, pick up some ants, and then fly back up to the nest. What a good mama!
  • Yellow-headed blackbirds – I’ve learned the sort of mechanical sound of these colorful birds that will sit high up in our pine trees. They visit the feeder occasionally.  Here’s a link to what they sound like: All About Birds.
  • Evening grosbeaks
  • Western bluebirds – We have a nesting box full of bluebirds in our yard!
  • Black-headed grosbeaks
  • Hairy woodpeckers
  • Steller’s jays
  • Western tanager – This is a new bird to our list! It’s such a beautiful and colorful bird that appeared one morning. Then, by afternoon, we had 5 males and 2 females at our feeders. I haven’t seen them in a few weeks so I guess they have moved on.
  • Rufous hummingbirds – They seem to have come and gone. I anticipate that they’ll return again soon.

flicker bird backyard may 2019 (1)

 Birds that Eat under the Feeders

  • Mourning doves
  • Brewer’s blackbirds
  • American robins – We have a nest up on our bbq shed. The mama very dutifully sits on the nest day after day. I looked it up and incubation is 12-14 days so she must be getting close to hatching the babies.
  • White-crowned sparrows
  • Dark-eyed juncos
  • California quail

Birds that Fly By

  • Tree swallows – There is a swallow nest in one of our nesting boxes. I love watching the swallows fly and dive and swoop in my yard as they eat mosquitoes! I wish they would eat them all!
  • Osprey
  • Snipe
  • Canada goose
  • Mallard ducks – There’s a duck family with about a dozen babies on the pond behind our house. There is nothing sweeter than a little duckling.
  • Common raven
  • Turkey vultures
  • Great blue herons – We observed three herons flying behind our house a few nights ago. That’s a record number of heron being seen all at one time.
  • Cooper’s hawk – He is a fierce predator and we’ve seen him chasing birds from our feeder several times. He is fast and flies so agilely.

 Is your family looking for a resource to use to learn more about your backyard birds? You should take a look at my Learning About Birds ebook that is available to both Ultimate and Journey level members here on the Handbook of Nature Study.

Learning About Birds 3D cover

Here are the specifics:

  • This 65 page digital ebook has 8 challenges and supplemental activities that will help you learn more about your local birds using the Handbook of Nature Study as well as the book, Backyard Birds. (See the Amazon.com store for the bird related resources.)
  • There are 6 notebooking pages included in the ebook. Two of these are general bird study pages that can be printed multiple times to meet your family’s needs.
  • Full color photos of every bird included in the ebook.
  • Additional information on birdfeeders, bird seed, nature table ideas, life lists, field guide help, and online identification.
  • There is enough material in this ebook to provide 8 weeks of bird study or more depending on how long you take to complete each challenge. Every challenge has more than one bird – see list of birds included below.
  • The ebook contains a chart that links every bird discussed in the Handbook of Nature Study (the book) to a challenge here on the website. This chart will help you find the bird challenges found in other OHC ebooks as well as the corresponding notebooking pages (if available).
  • Sample: Print your ebook sample here: Learning About Birds from the Outdoor Hour Challenge.

Learning About Birds ebook Bird List @handbookofnaturestudy

Use the discount code BIRDLOVER5 for $5 off an Ultimate Naturalist membership here on the Handbook of Nature Study.

Ultimate Naturalist Library September 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge Summer Bird Study – Baltimore Oriole

Note: If you’re on the west coast, look for the Bullock’s oriole for your study instead. Information and a link are in the original challenge in the archive post linked below.

You can also substitute the How to Learn Bird Songs and Calls activity  linked in the original study.

The Baltimore oriole is a gorgeous bird! I’ve never seen one in person, but someday I hope to see one during my travels. This is one reason we can study birds or other nature topics we don’t expect to find in our local area. Gathering facts and knowledge ahead of time prepares us for the time we stumble upon something new or unexpected.

Click the link below to see the original challenge in the archives or if you’re a member here on the Handbook of Nature Study, you can open the Summer Nature Study Continues ebook (linked below) for the lesson, the notebook pages, and the images.

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore oriole image from Fishhawk

Would you like some fun facts about Baltimore orioles? Here’s a link to Wild Birds Unlimited: Baltimore Orioles.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Baltimore Oriole @handbookofnaturestudy

Link to the Archive Challenge: Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole nest

Baltimore oriole nest from synspectrum

Both the bird and the nest would make awesome subjects for a nature journal page. This challenge can also be all about differences in bird nests using the links in the original challenge.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Summer Nature Study Continues ebook

If you want to purchase the Summer Nature Study Continues ebook so you can follow along with all the notebooking pages, coloring pages, and subject images, you can join the Ultimate or Journey Membership Levels. See the Join Us page for complete information. Also, you can view the Summer Nature Study Continues – New Ebook announcement page for more details.

Ultimate Naturalist Library September 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy

Use the discount code SUMMER5 for $5 off your Ultimate Naturalist Library membership and you’ll have access to the Summer Nature Study Continues ebook and the Brook and Stream Nature Study notebook page along with 20 other ebooks and many, many more printables!

Summer Insect Study With the Outdoor Hour Challenge

As the season gets started, you may wish to plan a few summer insect nature studies. There’s such a wealth of knowledge about insects in the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock. Using the lessons along with the Outdoor Hour Challenge will make you confident to tackle insect nature study this summer. You won’t need to travel far to find an insect to learn about with your children!

Summer Insect Studies

Suggested Insects

  • Dragonfly
  • Cricket
  • Mosquito
  • Ladybug
  • Firefly
  • Moth
  • Yellow Jacket

You can find a complete list of the insects in the archives by clicking the “Insect” tab at the top of the website or clicking the button below.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Insect Nature Study Challenges Index @handbookofnaturestudy

If the insect is included in an ebook here on the website, you’ll find it noted after the insect name. Members have access to the ebook challenge along with the accompanying notebook pages, coloring page, and images.

Ultimate Naturalist Library September 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy

If you’d like to purchase a membership to have all of the ebooks at your fingertips, you can click the graphic above. Please use the discount code SUMMER5 to receive $5 off an Ultimate Naturalist membership.

Printables for Members Button

Members also have access to the printables library with additional insect related notebooking pages and activities.

 Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter June 2016 cover

Members may wish to download and print the June 2016 newsletter for even more insect study ideas and printables!