We made a turkey dinner for some friends to celebrate their year's worth of full time volunteer work. A fun time was had by all. We had a full house. Since there was enough to feed an army I fixed two plates to take to some friends that are home sick. We did that this afternoon and on the way back we drove along a long country road. That is when our Outdoor Hour started. We saw plenty of birds but what caught our attention was an armadillo walking along the road. There was no information on an armadillo in the Handbook of Nature Study so we looked a little info up in some animal books we have here at home.
We read from two books, The World of Animals published by Parragon and a DK book called Smithsonian Institute Animal The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife. We learned it's called a Nine-banded armadillo and they live mostly in South America all the way up to the southern part of Texas, which is where we live.
We knew that their the skin of this animal is like armor but we didn't know that it eats almost anything from ants and birds to fruits and roots. Talk about not a picky eater! Another interesting tidbit we learned is that their offspring is nearly always quadruplets, 4 of the same sex.I printed an armadillo on these pages I had gotten at a teachers supply store. They colored the armadillo and I had a sentence for them to copy. It's interesting to see how the little one saw the colors on the armadillo. It was fun working on our first study in the Handbook of Nature Study. Another thing we are excited about is that our feeder has attracted some newcomers. I guess it's time for our Brown-headed Cowbirds and the Red-winged Blackbirds to make the rounds. We had about 30 birds feasting on our menu of scrumptious seeds. I had just filled the feeders. I wonder how long it will be before I have to refill? These birds are pigs.
Edited to include the following...If you want to read about this go to Barb's site.