Monday, 18 February 2013

Backyard Birding In Winter

The Spark:
Did you take part in The Great Backyard Bird Count this year?  If you did not then take this as your spark to get ready for next year by birding in winter now.  Becoming a backyard birder is quite simple and it can quickly become quite an addiction.  To start, you will need a reference guide that will tell you what birds may live in your area during the winter months so that when you spot a bird you can quickly refer back to your guide in order to correctly identify that bird.  Throughout the year you will become more and more familiar with identifying, naming, and recognizing their songs.  By the time next year rolls around, you will have become a proficient birder.  Starting now in winter time is most fascinating as you will be very surprised at the multitude of birds that actually stay the winter.  It's astonishing!  But how do these tiny creatures do it?

Hopefully, your are super interested in becoming a winter backyard birder in order to find out more about the birds in your area.  Hopefully, this will turn into a most amazing life-long hobby for you and increase your love of birds.  If you are interested then start your quest.  Calling all Super Natural Superheroes to ACTIVATE!  Of course, you should always start your quest with the question WHY?

Start Your Quest:
Why:  To become a life long lover, admirer, and protector of birds!
What:  Set up your backyard to attract birds so that you can more easily observe them.  If there are predators in your area (you find out who and what they may be with mom and dad), then I recommend you go lightly on the "attraction" of birds to your backyard.
Where: In your own backyard, but your neighbours may want to get involved as well.  They may want to share the love of birds.
When:  As soon as you can get yourself organized.
Who:  You, your friends, and family.
How:  Find out below.  It's a S.N.CH., or is it?

Take Action:  

Find a reference guide of birds in your area:  Go to your local library and ask your librarian to help you choose a good bird reference guide.

Attract Birds to your backyard by providing food and shelter:  Place bird feeders in areas that are sheltered by branches so that birds are not exposed to predators.  Make sure that the feeders are placed high enough away from the ground.  Provide seeds, suet, fruit, and corn.  Remember to keep your bird feeders clean by washing them with hot water (ask your parents to help.)

Keep a Birding Journal to keep track of the birds you identify:  Find a book that is sturdy enough to take outdoors with you.  You may want to sketch and wright down some notes while you are birding outdoors.

Get suited up for birding: You don't need any special equipment to start birding but if you would like to get a closer look at birds you may want to get a set of binoculars.

Every Superhero Needs Super Hero Attire!
Inspired by The Great Backyard Bird Count:  The U.F.O (Unidentified Flying Object) Bird Neck Warmer (for all those birds that you may not yet be able to identify.)

The Cardinal Bird Neck Warmer

Visit the SuperNaturalChild Etsy shop to purchase neck warmers.  Price includes taxes and delivery fee for single orders.  Get your child inspired to get outdoors.
Don't Stop Here:
Keep on researching and finding out more about birds.  Who knows, birding may become on of your great passions in life and to think it all started on this quest.  If you have a hunch about something, drop us an email and we'll give you hunch a whirl and get back to you.

Quest Check:
We are extremely interested in keeping you extremely interested on your quest to find out more about nature.  Keep checking back with us on a regular basis to see if your interests match our quests.

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