Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Nesting

Lesson 5 of Apologia's Zoology 1 (Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day) curriculum is all about nesting.  This was fun because we learned about all the different kinds of nests that birds make.  (Who knew there were so many?!)
One of the things that the text challenged us to do was to build our own cup nest.  A cup nest is the most common type of nest, the one you know is already shaped like a cup or bowl.  Here is Maggie, with her materials collected for her cup nest.
We got right to work making mud for the foundation.
Trust me, this is not an easy task!  I have a newfound respect for birds!
Once we put the main structure together, we added some soft things to the center for our hatchlings.
It looked pretty pitiful compared to a bird's work!
Though she had fun, we both agreed our cup nest was nowhere near as sturdy as it needed to be.  Kudos to the birds!
In her notebook, we matched the different nest pictures to the nest names and then wrote in an example of a bird who would make such a nest.
Love this curriculum!
One of our favorite activities was making a real estate advertisement for a bird, advertising a particular kind of nest.  Maggie loves woodpeckers, so she wanted to advertise for a cavity nest.  We used the real estate section of the newspaper to see how these such ads were written, then got to work on our own!  
LOVE this!  I especially loved her "For Sale!" sign on the tree limb!  I think this would sound posh to any woodpecker!
These are our little pop-up nest booklets for our notebook.  The outside of the booklets have the names of the types of nests.
The inside has a fun fact about that particular nest and a picture of such a nest.
So cute!
We then decided to see if we could get something to nest in this little spy birdhouse.  (I bought this ages ago on clearance.)  Many birds have already nested this year, but maybe we'll get a bite.
We attached it to one of our outside windows and will watch it to see if anyone shows interest.
"Roomy house for rent!"
It came with this cute little privacy screen for our side of the window.  So sweet!
We also thought it'd help to provide some nesting material nearby.  We used an empty suet container to hold the goods.
We had bits of yarn, hair from Maggie's brush ...
... moss ...
... straw ...
... and some dryer lint that I had been saving in a bag for just such a project.
We added bits of it all to the suet feeder.
Ready for nesters!
Then we attached the feeder to our deck rail with some zip ties to keep it from falling.
Come and get it, nesters!
We can't wait to see if we get any interest!
Happy birding!

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