My three-year-old niece calls them “chirpers.” When she sees one bouncing about the yard, she insists on trying to get closer by lowering her voice and walking on tip toe. I am always afraid of her disappointment as we sneak closer to the bird, and it quickly flies off. But she just laughs and looks for the next one.
For STEAM week this year, I thought I might learn more about these “chirpers” who hold such fascination for her and fill my parents’ yard with song and activity. The library has plenty of titles devoted to bird identification and bird behavior. I have listed some titles below that will help you get started. You can also come to the library and browse for additional titles. Sit in the Reading Garden or take a stroll along the ArtWalk – and see how many “chirpers” you can identify!