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Birds in Our Garden

June 1, 2011 Leave a comment

So, M wants to do something on birds in our garden. I’ve managed to capture 3 species on camera within our house compound.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Passer montanus
Ciak Eurasia/Pipit rumah

The Encyclopedia of Malaysia Vol. 3, Prof. Dr.Yong Hoi Sen, pg. 99
 Mari Mengenal Nama Burung, FEP International Sdn.Bhd. (pipit), pg.27

Olive-backed Sunbird / Yellow-breasted Sunbird
Nectarinia jugularis
Kelichap Bukit

The Encyclopedia of Malaysia Vol. 3, Prof. Dr.Yong Hoi Sen, pg.8
 Mari Mengenal Nama Burung, FEP International Sdn.Bhd.only has kelicap pisang, pg.22

*pic to upload*

The third species is peaceful dove

Geopelia striata

(merbuk)
 The Encyclopedia of Malaysia Vol. 3, Prof. Dr.Yong Hoi Sen,pg.53

Initially I thought of a nature journal, but it was hot and the birds would not get close enough for us to have a good look. Anyway, my mum kept this book, a book I had as a child. It’s published in 1980 and there’s a whole series, of which I can only see ‘Mari Mengenal Alat Musik’ on the book shelf. Both are really good, and I have not been able to find anything similar on common Malaysian birds for kids except for a MNS publication, also an old book I used to check out from PJ Playcentre.

So M drew a pipit from the book,and I drew for H with lines pointing to various parts for her to label in Malay. M labeled hers in English based on this and this. But now I’ve come across this, which looks better:

I feel guilty not including H2 in the activity, he could have done mock feather cutting or something. He just watched in earnest as the sisters drew on.

So later, if M is up to it maybe more info collecting:

http://www.montessorimaterials.org/Science/BirdInfoLabels.pdf
http://www.naturia.per.sg/buloh/birds/Nectarina_jugularis.htm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/punctuated-equilibrium/2011/apr/16/1

I’ll probably dictate notable facts of the birds and have her write them down.

Then we’ll probably discuss characteristics of a bird, pre-classification. MontessoriMaterials have some freebies for studying birds. The 6-9 yo printout includes listing the bird families. We haven’t started animal classification formally yet, and will probably skip that until later.

Update: we did some eggsperiments floating eggs in salt the next day (today). Then H asked if it would work with sugar.Thankfully I obliged, and guess what, the egg floats! What’s funny is when I asked where the sugar/salt went, H said it went up, like turned into air (gas)..he..I thought that was cute. Some more prompts and simple explanations. I refrained from saying the egg floated because the water is heavier, yes it’s heavier now within the same volume, i.e it’s denser. I just said there’s so much ‘stuff’, i.e salt/sugar dissolved in the water that it now can support the egg, making it float.

For more ideas on birds/eggsperiments: http://thehomeschoolden.blogspot.com/search/label/Bird%20Unit

3-6yo:
http://www.montessorimaterials.org/Science/BirdOutline-Primary.pdf
http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/Parts-of-a-Bird-Nomenclature-Cards_p_171.html
http://thehomeschoolden.blogspot.com/2010/08/bird-unit-activities.html

6-9:
http://www.montessorimaterials.org/Science/BirdOutline.pdf

Bird Song:
Pipit
Kelicap Bukit
a list of bird songs recorded in Malaysia

Pictures of Malaysian birds:
more Malaysian bird pics online here (not my pics): http://www.flickr.com/photos/cepiau/sets/72157624758152732/

Although I’m no adventis, but these Youth Honours (Birds) info available online are impressive, similar in concept to earning scout badges I think:http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Adventist_Youth_Honors_Answer_Book/Nature/Birds

Classification of Birds is discussed, as is parts of the birds are detailed in the Advanced Honours. I think they provide a good basis to work on. So all I need to do now is to put more Malaysian birds in, and put in Qur’an verses.

Al-Mulk (Dominion)

(أَوَلَمْ يَرَوْا إِلَى الطَّيْرِ فَوْقَهُمْ صَافَّاتٍ وَيَقْبِضْنَ مَا يُمْسِكُهُنَّ إِلَّا الرَّحْمَنُ إِنَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ بَصِيرٌ (67:19

# 67:19 (Asad) Have they, then, never beheld the birds above them, spreading their wings and drawing them in? None but the Most Gracious upholds them: for, verily, He keeps all things in His sight.

I think Syed Qutb intrepreted the longer (mad) in صَافَّاتٍ  to represent the way a bird spends more time spreading their wings and the وَيَقْبِضْنَ read shorter to represent the shorter flap of the wings while drawing them in. Have to check that, but I don’t have tafsir Syed Qutb on hand atm. Wallahua’lam.

Stories on birds in the Qur’an (put bird in Qur’an search):

Fellow prisoner of Prophet Yusuf a.s. pecked by a bird
Birds singing praise (tasbeeh) with Prophet Daud a.s.
Prophet Ibrahim putting bird parts on 4 hills, and Allah putting them together again into a bird.
Prophet Sulaiman and Hud-hud
Ababil in Surah Al-Fiil
Raven ( غُرَابًا) which scratched the Earth showing Qabil to bury Habil. Al-Ma’idah:31

Finally I’d recommend this Book of Life we have, I’ll come back with details. It’s really thorough starting with Prehistoric Animals, then covering Birds, Insect, Reptiles, Mammals, the Human Body..

Fellow prisoner of Prophet Yusuf a.s. pecked by a bird
Birds singing praise (tasbeeh) with Prophet Daud a.s.
Prophet Ibrahim putting bird parts on 4 hills, and Allah putting them together again into a bird.
Prophet Sulaiman and Hud-hud
Ababil in Surah Al-Fiil
Raven غُرَابًاin the story of Habil and Qabil 5:31

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