outdoor hour challenge #4

September 9, 2011

This week’s Outdoor Hour Challenge from the Handbook of Nature Study blog is, “It Is Coming Into Focus.”

Yesterday we stopped at our local children’s museum that skirts a natural spring and wetlands. The wetlands is made accessible by a boardwalk trail.

Moments after I reminded her to be aware of her surroundings (and that it would help if she would quiet down) we heard a loud quack. We peered over the edge of the boardwalk and saw a female swimming in the water. A few steps further and Bug spied this scene (she has the best little eagle eyes).

I assume that the call we had heard was a warning to the others resting. While it didn’t seem to phase her, I am curious enough about this encounter to do some research into duck behavior.

I have to add a little confession to this. Until I sat down to write this post, I did not know what we were going to go into for focused study. But considering this OHC and #3 I think studying birds is something that will work well–seems to be the right season (especially since we’ll get to see the birds migrating) and both of us seem inclined to notice them on our walks.  So here we go, to the birds.

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2 Responses to “outdoor hour challenge #4”


  1. Birds are an awesome focus, especially for little ones! I highly recommend going to your local library and finding a few children’s level field guides to birds so you can just page through them and get an idea of the major birds in your area to look for.

    I highly recommend any bird books by Jim Arnosky for children.

    Thank you so much for sharing your nature study and your enthusiasm for nature with your daughter and all of us too!

  2. amber Says:

    As always, thanks for the encouragement to do this.

    Also, thanks for the Arnosky recommendation. Def going to check out his books. And we will def go to the library for kid’s level field guides and books on specific birds as we go into deeper study.

    Some other sources we use are my Golden Field Guide of Birds in North America, Common Birds Coloring Pages from Cornell Lab of Ornithology, local park resources to find out what birds are around here, and my dad who is a long-practiced fellow amateur bird enthusiast.


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