Here are the bird cards I made (link to download is on the sidebar). There are smaller photos as well, but I wound up not using them (oh well), but they do tell you where these birds are located.
Anyway, I chose these particular birds because I selected some short (3 to 8 minute long) videos from you-tube that I chose to show the kids.
Today after sorting the five vertebrate groups (substituting these new bird cards for the others) we watched the following bird videos. I started with the galah and lyrebird (of Australia) today because they are familiar to the kids. We see galahs daily and we’ve read a wonderful series that includes a lyrebird as one of the characters:
Galah (this is just a 30 second clip of galahs walking around and perched in trees, but remember we see them daily!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcA17Hn2NZk
Humming Bird (set to Mozart): This video shows a hummingbird sitting on eggs, the eggs hatching and the hummingbird caring for its young. It was a little over 8 minutes long, but even ED watched it through to the end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHo2Ch_SPbo
Lyrebird is a wonderful immitator. In this David Attenborough video you hear the lybird not only immitating other birds such as the kookaburra, but also a camera clicking, a chainsaw and a car alarm! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0Kdfos4Y
Finally, we watched a parrot talking http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSXSOEiv3N0&feature;=related just because if was funny to hear a bird singing and seeming to talk to its owner.
Here’s what I picked out for another day this week (probably not tomorrow because we have a lot going on, but for Wednesday or Thurdsay):
Eagle vs. the Chevrotain (African Rainforest): This is an exciting video from National Geographic showing an eagle hunting a small rainforest mammal called a chevrotain. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13GQbT2ljxs&feature;=related
Costa Rica Birds: This in another National Geographic video which talks about how coffee plantations are taking over rainforest areas of Costa Rica and the dangers this poses for birds species. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs_NSL4XMYM
Flamingo and the massive volcanoes of the Andes Mountains: This is a BBC video that shows beautiful clips of the volcanoes of the Andes Mountains, its harsh environment and the beautiful flamingos that breed there. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owsfdh4gxyc