It’s Time to Start Twitching
So, you’ve made your bird cake, printed off your bird spotting chart, now it’s time to start twitching!!! Don’t know what twitching is? Well, a twitcher is someone who goes far and wide to find different species of birds to mark off on their bird spotting charts. You can have some fun with your friends and family by having a competition to see who's first to fill in their bird spotting chart. Remember dad, no cheating!
What Are You Waiting For? Let's Get Twitching!
The best place to start watching birds, oops, sorry, "twitching", is in your own garden.
Go out and watch the birds at different times of the day - morning, afternoon, and evening and in all sorts of weather. Of course, birds love worms and worms love rain so a rainy day is perfect!
If you have a den or if you've built a den, fantastic! These are great places for you to hide and quietly watch the birds so you don't frighten them away when you are observing them. In the Summer you can even hide away in long grass!
Watching Birds at Night
Some birds are very shy in the day and your best chance of seeing them is at night time.
Just like during the day if you are watching birds at night, you need to keep yourself hidden, be very quiet and very patient. You’ll need to take a torch with you. You don’t want to frighten the birds with a bright white beam so cover the torch beam with a piece of red tissue paper held in place with a rubber band.
We want you to have a journal full of great stuff but you must always respect nature and wildlife. Stealing birds’ eggs is against the law and is a very serious crime. If you are lucky enough to see any eggs in a bird’s nest, only take photos or draw pictures, do not make any attempt to disturb them.
We’d love to know how you get on with your twitching activities. Send in your photos of the birds you see. Maybe you’ve invented a brilliant disguise or hideaway that you use when you’re out looking for new birds to add to your bird chart.
Did you beat your friends and family at spotting all the birds on your chart?
Share all your fun with all of us here at Go Large.