The Old Orchard Bully

Recently I was going through my bookshelves and found a forgotten gem.  So forgotten, in fact, that I almost (re)bought this book. 

We've taken to opening this book in the afternoon, picking a child's favorite bird, or we will bird watch for a few moments, then read from The Burgess Bird Book for Children.  It's such a gentle way to approach nature science.  The kids aren't even realizing we are "doing" science!

We've had a pair of sparrows nesting in our bird house this spring.  They are quite loud.  This afternoon was no different.  Since it was near to impossible to ignore the duo I turned on my Merlin Bird ID app (love this app!!) and tried to narrow down exactly what sparrow was screaming at us daily.  With the help of the app's bird song we ID'd the bird as a House Sparrow.

House Sparrow is mentioned in Chapter 2 of Burgess' Bird book.  We sat out on the back porch and read The Old Orchard Bully while Mr. Bully screamed at us from the lilac tree.

His back was more or less of an ashy color with black and chestnut stripes.  His wings were brown with a white bar on each.  His throat and breast were black, and below that he was of a dirty white.  The sides of his throat were white and the back of his neck chestnut. - excerpt from page 11 of The Burgess Bird Book for Children

I love this story form way of learning with children!

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