How to Be a Birdwatcher?
Everyday Einstein interviews a couple of junior scientists (his young daughters) about the art and science of birding. Get tips on how your kids can become birdwatchers too.
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Everyday Einstein: Do the two of you have any favorite varieties of birds?
Jay: The jay actually; the jay here in Britain is the Eurasian Jay, and in America it’s the Blue Jay.
Everyday Einstein: Are there any differences between the Eurasian Jay and the Blue Jay?
Jay: The Blue Jay is all blue and it has a crest on its head. The Eurasian Jay has blue and black striped feathers in a couple of places and the rest of it is brown and grey.
Robin: I like Kingfishers because I know that they’re nearby. They can be at the pond, and they’re the most colorful bird in Britain.
Everyday Einstein: Let’s say somebody is interested in bird watching. They’ve started looking at birds and they’ve drawn these pictures. Now how do they take it further?
Jay: They can share their knowledge! They can also visit nature reserves and find even more birds, and they can also talk to experts about birds, or get magazines about birds, or even more books.
Everyday Einstein: Where do you usually go to watch birds? Famous places? Exotic locations?
Robin: Well I haven’t actually been to any exotic locations, but I think going to a pond is a good place to start. Because there are lots of different kinds of birds near it, and if there are trees near it, you can see birds up in the trees. You can also see ducks and moorhens and things in the water. And kingfishers, but kingfishers are very rare.