Tuesday 17th March
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There are lots of different birds in Britain, over 400 species. So when you see a bird it can be quite tricky to work out which one it is! Birds are very interesting and an important part of our lives so quite often people do know the names of quite a few birds. Can you make a list of all the birds that your class know? without looking in a book!
Identifying some birds is easy, such as the Robin. The Robin has a bright red chest, there are over 6 million in Britain. Most people will know the Robin because they are often on Christmas cards. Blackbirds are also pretty easy to identify. Mr. Blackbird has black feathers and Mrs. Blackbird has brown. Blue tits and Great tits are also common birds in our gardens and parks. There aren't many birds with blue and yellow feathers so they are easy to spot - but how DO you tell the difference??? The Great tit is bigger, has a black "cap" and has a black line down his chest. So one of the ways to identify a bird is to look at it very carefully and then use a book or "spotting chart" to find the bird.
Useful bird-spotting websites
Here are some links to help you identify birds nature. If you are not sure where a bird lives then a good bird book will tell you. Why not sit and watch the birds at a bird feed feeder, local pond or even school playground for 10 minutes and use a spotting sheet to help you identify the species?
Nature detectives | bird hunt
RSPB counting sheet
As well as looking at the colour and size of a bird it is very useful to know about their habitat. For example, White-tailed eagles lives in the mountains of Scotland near the sea and lochs so that it can find fish to eat. It would be VERY VERY VERY unusual to see one on your school bird feeder. If you saw a big, fast, gliding bird of prey in your school grounds it is probably a Sparrowhawk hunting small birds for dinner. Some birds, like the tiny Wren, can make their home almost anywhere. Woodpeckers need trees to nest, so they are live in woodlands, parks, schools or gardens.