Before going out to do bird observations, you should do some background reading so you can be familiar with the birds you might see. Peterson's Coloring Bookand The Audubon Bird Coloring Bookare good sources for pictures. Silhouettes of birds may help you identify birds. Check other resources and Websites too. You will need multiple copies of this data sheet for your bird observations.
You may wish to invite a wildlife biologist or local Audubon Society birder to help you with your field observations. Identify as many birds as possible within the study site or within 500 feet of the study site. Record where you see the birdflying overhead, sitting in a tree, shrub or bush or on the ground or if you hear the bird nearby. Also, look for feathers, nests, eggs, etc.
Possible Sitings: Blackbird, American Crow, Black-billed Magpie, Ring-necked Pheasant
How many? ____________________ Nest? _____________________
(Tally) Color(s): ____________________________________________
Record other observations on the back of the page.