|Missy watches birds with binoculars.|
Today is a good day for Missy to learn about Texas birds. We always have lots of birds at our bird feeders. This time of year we also have many very special birds visiting Texas. These birds have two homes. They nest in one home and winter in their other home. Twice a year, the birds fly from one home to the other. This is called migration.
Many birds migrate to our part of Texas in the winter. They leave their homes in the cold country and migrate here to stay warm. Some of these birds fly all the way from the Arctic ocean!
|Central Flyway Migration map (courtesy Texas Parks & Wildlife)|
At our house, we have many migratory birds that visit us every winter. Hawks and hummingbirds migrate here. We also have many warblers and flycatchers. Sometimes we even have spoonbills and the bright red scarlet tanager.
We knew that the birds would be hungry today because of the cold weather. We filled our bird feeders early this morning. Soon many, many birds came to visit. Here are a few that Missy saw:
|An American Goldfinch poofing up his feathers to keep warm.|
Just click here to learn more about Texas backyard birds: Texas Backyard Birds
Here's a great activity book about Texas birds: Texas Birds Activity Book
If you would like to learn more about whooping cranes, click here: Whooping Cranes
You can also check out these great books from your library:
- Backyard Bird Watching for Kids by George H. Harrison
- On the Wing: American Birds in Migration by Carol Lerner
- The Peregrine's Journey: A Story of Migration by Madeleine Dunphy
- How Do Birds Find Their Way? by Roma Gans
- Whooping Cranes by Karen Dudley