We were very lucky today in room 30 as we got a visit from not one, but two retired teachers Mr & Mrs Lynch. They came in to teach all the second classes about birds and especially about common wild birds in Ireland.
We learned so much from them and we were surprised with how much we knew ourselves already.
We learned that the jackdaw, a member of the crow family, is so called because his song sounds like he is saying jack jack! The rook is another member of the crow family. His beak and forehead have no feathers because they find their dinner in cow poo and muck and if they dipped a feathery head into that then they would be very dirty! Instead they can just wipe off their head in the grass.
The wood pigeon has a 5/6 syllable call (like the are saying take one two john, do john) and the collared dove has a 3 syllable sound (they are Man united fans cause its like the say un-i-ted). A lot of people mistake these bird songs for the cuckoo but after today's lesson we know that the cuckoo's call has only 2 syllables: cuc - koo! The cuckoo comes in April and May is a great time to hear the cuckoo, especially in The Burren.
Mr & Mr. Lynch showed us some excellent clips of birds nesting and of birds song and even how to draw birds. We can't wait to go bird watching now!
They also showed us a funny clip of how to keep squirrels away from our bird feeders!