Bird Study Resources

Birds, folklore, and religion:
Noah and the Dove
The Phoenix – Egypt
Falcon/ Hawk Egyptian
Ravens and Odin (Norse Religion)
Peacocks in Hinduism and Buddhism
Bald Eagle in Native American
Ibis- Egypt

Poetry
* The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
* The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coolridge (Albatross)
* I know Why a Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
* A Bird by Emily Dickinson
* The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear

Books
* Jonathan Livingston Seagull
* The Works of John J Audubon
* Handbook of Nature Study Anna Botsford Comstock
* Mother Carey’s Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin The storm petrel is referred to
as Mother Carey’s Chickens. In this case a widow’s children are likened to storm
petrels.
* Chicken Little / Henny Penny
* stories about carrier pidgeons

Activities
* Go nesting- identifying the nests of Birds
* Keep a Nature notebook draw birds, eggs, and nests bird foot prints
* Learn the anatomy of birds
* Make a quill pen and learn Spencerian Script
* Find 10 local birds and identify them
* Learn some bird calls
* Learn about raising Chickens
* Build a Bird House
* Build a Bird Feeder or a Bird Bath
* Build a humming bird feeder and plant flowers that attract them
* Do a Feeder Watch to see what birds come to your feeder
* use a feather to paint faux marble
* Learn the state birds

Folksongs, Rhymes, and Songs
Mockingbird
Kookaburra
Yellow Bird
Sing a Song of Sixpence

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