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This week we are looking at birds in our environment, so get outside in your garden, yard or in the park and look for birds. (If you can’t get outside look out of a window and see what is flying past.)

 

 

What do you already know about birds? Tell an adult or your brother or sister. Watch this video below about birds and see if you can find out some facts to share with someone in your family.

 

Birds | Educational Video for Kids

Look out for these common birds in the UK

Last year, the most commonly-seen bird was the blackbird, with 88% of education settings reporting seeing them.

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  1. Blackbird – Black feathers with bright orange-yellow beaks and eye-rings.
  2. Starling – Look black from a distance but purples and greens can be seen up close. They tend to be smaller than blackbirds
  3. Woodpigeon – Grey with a white patch on its neck.
  4. Carrion crow – All black, including the beak and feet. These are usually seen alone or in pairs.
  5. Black headed gull – All white, or white with a chocolate-brown head.
  6. House sparrow – Speckled with blacks and browns, but the males will also have a strip of blue on their heads.
  7. Magpie – Distinctive black and white bird with a long tail – up close you might notice purple-blue hues on its feathers.
  8. Robin – Golden brown with a bright red vest. These are found all year round – not just at Christmas.
  9. Blue tit – Blue, yellow and white bird that often travels in groups. Younger birds will have yellow instead of white cheeks.
  10. Jack Daw – A small black crow with pale eyes and a slightly silver patch behind its head.

 

This article originally appeared in the Alliance's Under 5 membership magazine. https://www.eyalliance.org.uk/big-birdwatch

 

Have you seen any of these birds in your garden? Use the worksheet below to count how many birds you can see.

We can look after birds by making our garden or outdoor areas bird friendly. We can also care for birds by making them a feeder, below are lots of recipes for bird feeders. Have a go and see if any new bird come to eat the food.

We would love to see pictures of any birds you see or any of the activities below that you try at home, please email these to your teacher.

 

 

nadine.elvin@audleyinfant.blackburn.sch.uk

allison.diggle@audleyinfant.blackburn.sch.uk

laura.whittle@audleyinfant.blackburn.sch.uk

 

 

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