Have a go at this science activity…
Make a bird banquet 🐦
Equipment: string, suitable bird foods (seeds, cooked rice, cereals, grated cheese, fruit, baked potatoes), scissors, egg box.
How to: egg boxes have chambers in them which make ideal bird feeders. Remove the top of the egg box and attach string to the bottom through the cone-shaped dividers to give something to hang it with; in each chamber place the same or different types foods; hang the feeder where visiting birds will feel safe from predators but make sure it is somewhere that it can be seen.
What to do with the birdfeeder:
- Identify the birds that come to the feeder. Which birds are the most common? Where are the birds feeding – on the feeder or on the ground below? Which birds are seen around but don’t come to the feeder? Which time of the day do they feed the most?
- Do birds arrive at the feeder in the same way? Do they swoop straight in or do they approach via a specific tree or bush?
- Try putting two different foods to see which one is the favourite.
Here is a link to a Science competition that you can also enter…