Elf wanted some flash cards so that he could learn about the various sorts of birds covered in the science curriculum. So I made some with some colour xeroxes. I cut and laminated them so that the children can study the material from the book without flipping pages back and forth all the time. Elf is pictured here with a stuffed replica of his "best friend in the whole world," the black-capped chickadee.
We also bought this guide book. If you live in Missouri and like birds at all, you'll want it! It's organized with coloured page edges. If the bird you're trying to identify is mostly brown, look in the brown section. Mostly red? Look in the red section. And as a special bonus, the female and male birds are listed separately if they differ greatly in colouring (female and male cardinals, for example). The pages show the areas in which the bird can be found and season (migration, summer, winter, or both).
We're also learning about bird calls by using a website. (That's a link to the song of the chickadee Elf loves so much. Just press "play" and listen to him!). So often before I would just think, "Oh, that's a bird." Well, different birds have different songs to sing entirely.