Summer Read-a-thon: Week 3 Activity

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This week’s theme is animals, and today’s activity is for the birds, literally! We are birding nuts here – studying and gazing at every bird that visits our yard.

We’ve tried many different types of bird feeders over the years, from fancy squirrel-proof feeders to homemade, to simple suet cages.

DSCN4776Living smack in between the woods and a pond ensures that we get a pretty good variety of wild life in our yard throughout the year.

So, this week, in honor of our winged friends, why not try making a homemade bird feeder?

A favorite for small children is the simple pinecone feeder. Just coat a pinecone in peanut butter, roll it in birdseed and hang it on a nearby tree (especially one by a window!). The biggest downside to this feeder is that if it rains, it’s ruined, so be sure to try this one out on a sunny day.

A slightly sturdier version is to use a plastic gallon sized milk jug. Cut a rectangular hole in the top and poke a few smaller holes in the bottom (to allow accumulated rainwater to drain out). Fill it with bird seed and hang on a nearby tree.

DSCN4845For some more birding fun – can you identify the birds in the pictures? These are all photographs of the birds we’ve seen in our yard. ¬†As you can see, we get a nice variety!

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I will leave you with one of my favorite poems by Emily Dickinson:

 

Hope is a thing with feathers

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;

And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little bird

That kept so many warm.

 

Remember to check back throughout the week for more animal themed fun! Happy Reading!

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