Spring Birds

Bird with a Yellow Belly in a TreeRight now, millions of birds are flying back to our part of the world from the places where they lived during the winter. Isn’t it amazing that these tiny creatures can fly thousands of miles each year to return to New Jersey and nearby places?

Video

Watch a great video about migrating birds.

Recommended Native Plants

Now, more than ever, migrating birds need good habitat (places to visit or live in) and it’s really important to have plants in your yard that attract good food for migrating birds. Migrating birds don’t eat birdseed, and most of these birds need insects, especially caterpillars. Dr. Dan has provided a list of some of the best plants for migrating birds and other wildlife:

  1. Mountain-mint
  2. Butterfly weed
  3. Swamp Milkweed
  4. Asters
  5. Goldenrods
  6. Yellow (and blue) wild indigo
  7. Violets
  8. May-apple
  9. Coral honeysuckle
  10. Virgina creeper
  11. Arrow-wood viburnum
  12. Serviceberries
  13. Aronia (chokeberries)
  14. Oaks
  15. Wildcherries and wild plums

View a flyer (JPG) containing this list and further information about these species.

Activity - Birds of a Feather

What You Will Need

  • Cardboard tube
  • Clear tape
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Markers
  • Paper (plain or patterned)
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Yarn or string
  • Optional: Googly Eyes

Instructions

  1. Cut a piece of paper long enough to wrap around your cardboard tube. Snip a piece off at each side of the top edge, leaving a small section in the middle.
  2. Cut this small section into a fringe. Then, cut a fringe along the full bottom edge.
  3. Wrap the paper around your tube and attach the end down with double-sided tape or glue.
  4. Cut two rectangles out of cardstock, construction paper or a decorative paper to make wings.
  5. Cut a fringe along one edge of each wing and round off the top corners.
  6. Glue the “wings” to each side of the tube.
  7. Cut a beak and two eyes from cardstock or construction paper or draw your own.
  8. Glue paper beak and eyes into place on the front of the tube. Googly eyes work, too!
  9. Tape the ends of a piece of yarn or string to the inside of the top of the tube to make a hanger.
  10. Make a few fancy paper birds and hang them all together to create a fun flock!