Birds!

At this time of year in Ireland, it can be tough for birds to find enough food. Even though Spring has officially begun, birds can still find it tough to get enough food from the hard ground.

Sometimes birds look very full but they are puffing themselves up to keep warm!

The good news is that we can help our feathered friends by making bird feeders.

You can download all the activities here, including the instructions to make your own bird feeder here!

Agus as Gaeilge ANSEO!

Exercise 1

Make a bird feeder using recyclable items You will need a: a plastic milk bottle or any other plastic bottle, a marker and a scissors. Ask an adult for help when using the scissors.

Step 1

Using the marker, draw a window on three sides of the bottle.

Step 2

Being very careful with the scissors, cut out the three windows. Get an adult to help you.

Step 3

Pour bird seed into the bottom of the bottle. Peanuts and sunflower seeds are also suitable. Tie some string to the top of the bottle and hang it off some branches! Now just wait for the birds to arrive!

Don't forget to leave out some water if it is really cold and the water is frozen. Birds need water everyday.

Exercise 2

See what birds you can spot in your garden or when you are walking around...

Look at the pictures and tick these birds off your list!

Robin

Blackbird

Blue tit

Great tit

Fieldfare

Song thrush

Redwing thrush

Wren

Bird Joke corner

Q: What is Batman's favourite bird?
A: Robin!

Q: What would you call a bird if it was President of Ireland?
A: Michael D Pigeon!

Q: Why did the chicken cross the playground?
A: To get to the other slide