Nine-year-old Corbin Klaft has hung a birdfeeder outside his bedroom window. "I just want to see the birds, how they hunt and perch, what they do with their feet. Most often the birds just come in and eat, and I try to identify them." Corbin has an idea for a birdhouse, too. "I'm going to make a regular bird house and then put a shield with a hole in it that predators can't get in." And what's one of the best things about watching birds from your room? "It's kind of like experiencing nature but just not scaring them away!" Learn more about feeding backyard birds.
Corbin Klaft - A Friend to the Birds
Interviewed by Chris Peterson
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[Calls of Black-capped Chickadees and Spotted Towhees]
Today we’re talking with nine-year old Corbin Klaft, whose become fascinated by birds. Corbin’s hung a bird feeder outside his bedroom window and he tells us why:
T228 :52 Well, I just want to see the birds… I just want to see how they hunt and how they perch…what they can do with their feet … like woodpeckers use their feet to cling on to trees…
[Downy Woodpecker drumming]
T228 3:15 …most often the birds just come in and just eat, and I try to identify them… and I have to examine them really really closely to make sure there’s nothing different between them… so it’s kind of like difficult to actually identify birds because sometimes you don’t have them in your books, and sometimes they leave before you can identify them.
Corbin has an idea for a birdhouse too.
T 228 Yes! … 4:48 Well, first I’m going to make a regular bird house and then kind of like drill through it …and then… I’d put …a shield with a hole in it that predators can’t get in, like sometimes bigger birds might come in, or something bigger like a raccoon…try and get in there. Yup…. So it’ll be pretty safe.
And what’s one of the best things about watching Black-capped Chickadees and Spotted Towhees from your room?
T 228 2:13 Well, it’s kind of like experiencing nature but just not scaring them away!
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Sounds of the birds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Black-capped Chickadee recorded by R.S. Little; Golden-crowned Kinglet by G.A. Keller and Downy Woodpecker drumming; mixed flock by J. Storm.
Spotted Towhee by C. Peterson
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2012 Tune In to Nature.org February 2012 Narrator: Mary McCann