Feathers make birds special. No other animal has feathers! Feathers help birds fly, protect their skin, and keep them warm and dry. Feather colors help the bird identify their species and attract mates.
Birds have unique bones that are hollow like a straw but have strong inside support structures. These hollow bones make the bird lighter and help them fly.
Birds hatch or are born from hard-shelled eggs that are laid by an adult bird. The hard shell keeps the inside of the egg moist and allows the parent bird to sit on the egg to keep it warm during incubation. The egg shell also has microscopic pores that allow oxygen to enter the shell so the baby bird can breathe before it hatches.
There are so many interesting things to discover and learn about birds that I wanted to take some time out of our regularly scheduled studies to investigate birds a little further.
A trip to the library was necessary to gather some books about birds. I also utilized some internet websites to obtain some worksheets that would help us along with our studies.
We observed birds at
Old Hickory Lake.
- Blue Jays
- Eastern Bluebird
- American Robin
- Tufted Titmouse
- Downy Woodpecker
- Northern Cardinal
- Carolina Chickadee