In these pictures, Sassyfras is working with 3 part cards that I downloaded for free from Montessori Materials. The set includes nine commonly recognized birds. I split the set to make it easier for them to complete.
We started by sitting down and looking at the pictures together. Sassyfras and Juiciness can't read, but they did a great job matching all the names of the birds correctly. They've now progressed to being able to tell me the names of each bird.
I'm not leaving Little J out of our bird study! Little J loves to use the computer, so getting him to look up some bird related vocabulary was pretty easy. I gave him the list below and set him up with a couple of kid friendly websites. He also used some of our nonfictional books to learn more.
www.brainpop.com (this is a site we use through his school, but you can get a free trial, or perhaps your local school has an active link).
Also attached to his bird vocabulary list is my cheat sheet of some bird characteristics.