Building Bird Blinds
Fun for Kids!
Placing a bird feeder in your yard or school yard can provide lots of fun and entertainment, but getting close to the birds at your feeder can be a challenge. Birds are very wary, and they often fly away as soon as they see you. The trick to viewing birds up close is to become invisible, and it is easier than you think!
If you do not have a bird feeder, try looking for other wildlife animals, like deer and rabbits.
You will need the following items:
• A cardboard box large enough for you to comfortably sit inside. (A refrigerator, stove, or other large appliance box will work well.)
• A pair of scissors.
• Green, brown, and black markers or paint.
1. Turn the box onto its side and crawl in the open end.
2. Decide which side of the box will be facing the feeder
and, with your marker, draw a rectangle. This will become your window.
3. With the help of an adult, cut out the window with your scissors.
4. Camouflage the outside of the box by using your brown, black, and green markers or paint. Draw trees and bushes on the outside of the box. To really make your box blend in, have an adult help you hot glue leaves and sticks to it.
5. Position your new bird blind near the bird feeder with your window facing the feeder so you get a good, unobstructed view.
6. Grab your binoculars and a field guide.
7. Crawl back into your new bird blind and quietly wait for the birds to come back. Be patient because it may take a few minutes for the birds to get used to the box being close to the feeder.
8. You can take a journal and some drawing pencils, and sketch the birds you see to help you learn all of the markings that make each bird different.
9. You can take a camera, too. See how close you can get the box to the feeder to take some close-up pictures.
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