Keep track of the birds you see and learn more about them with this Bird Journal Bird-Watching Project.
What You'll Need:
- Composition book or notebook
- Pen or pencil
- Stickers or bird pictures (optional)
- Bird guide for your area
Get a sturdy, bound notebook, preferably one with a hard cover. An ordinary composition book will work very well. If you like, decorate your notebook with bird stickers or cut-out pictures of birds. Reserve the first two or three pages for your "life list" -- a listing of every kind of bird you've seen. You will add to your list each time you go outdoors and spot a new bird you haven't seen before.
Now find some good places to watch for birds. Feeding stations, parks, ponds, shores, marshes, meadows, and fences are great places. Take your journal with you each time you go. Find a comfortable spot to sit, and stay quiet as you watch for birds. Take a pair of binoculars with you if you have them.
On the top of a fresh page, write down where you are, the time of day, and the date. These are important, because you won't see the same birds everywhere, and you'll see different birds each season. List the names of the birds you see. Sketch or write a description of birds you don't recognize.
Note as many features of the bird as you can so you can look it up later. Record what the birds are doing. Are they feeding, flying, singing, fighting, or displaying? Is there a bird on a nest?
Your bird journal entries will teach you a lot about birds. You'll be able to tell which birds migrate through your area and which stay a whole season or all year. You'll get a pretty good idea of which birds are most common, too.
Now that you know how to keep track of your bird-watching activities, continue to the next page to learn how to study their tracks.