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Baloo's Bugle

March 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 8
April 2006 Theme

Theme: Our Feathered Friends
Webelos: Sportsman and Family Member
  Tiger Cub


Note on Word Searches, Word Games, Mazes and such – In order to make these items fit in the two column format of Baloo’s Bugle they are shrunk to a width of about 3 inches.  Your Cubs probably need bigger pictures.  You can get these by copying and pasting the picture from the Word version or clipping the picture in the Adobe (.pdf) version and then enlarging to page width.  CD

Birds of a Feather

Sam Houston Area Council

Flocking together in this puzzle are 68 different kinds of birds.  Pick up your bird watching binoculars and you may spot them reading up, down, forward, backward, or diagonally.  Try your luck at bird watching!!



CANARY                CARDINAL            CHICKADEE

CONDOR                 CREEPER                      CROW

CUCKOO                    DOVE                        EAGLE

EMU                         FALCON                  FLICKER


GROSBEAK                GULL                       HARPY

HAWK                       HERON         HUMMINGBIRD

JUNCO                         KEA                KINGFISHER

KITE                         LINNET                     MAGPIE


MYNAH               NIGHTINGALE          NUTHATCH

OSPREY                   PHOEBE                     PIGEON

PLOVER            PURPLE MARTIN                QUAIL

RAIL                         RAVEN                        RHEA

ROADRUNNER          ROBIN              SAPSUCKER

SPARROW              STARLING              SWALLOW

SWIFT                     TANAGER                       TERN

THRUSH                 TITMOUSE                    VEERY

VIREO                     VULTURE               WARBLER

WAXWING          WHIPPOORWILL                 WREN

WOODPECKER                            YELLOWTHROAT

See the last page for another Bird Word Search from Heart of America Council  CD

Thunderbird Maze
Sam Houston Area Council

Almost all the Indian Tribes in the United States believed in the mythical Thunderbird.  The Indians of the Great Plains thought it was a large bird that caused thunder by flapping its wings, and lightning by opening and closing its eyes.  The Indians also thought it carried a large lake of water on its back, and caused floods as it flew through the air.  The Thunderbird deign was used to decorate drums, pottery, and walls, and was supposed to protect from evil spirits.

Can you find your way through this Thunderbird maze??

Sam Houston Area Council

Invite a raptor specialist, like a falconer, to bring a bird of prey for the boys to see. 

Bird Identification Game:
Heart of America Council

Look through old magazines and books for pictures of various birds. Cut them out and attach to a piece of construction paper and number each.

As Cubs arrive, give them a piece of paper and have them identify the birds in the pictures.

Person with the most right answers wins. For younger cubs you may want to post an alphabetical list of the birds you have used.

Bird Quiz
San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach, Verdugo Hills Councils

Have print outs of the following quiz for the boys to try to figure out the answers. 

1)   What is the state bird of New jersey?

  1. Eastern Goldfinch
  2. Dodo Bird
  3. Penguin

Please modify this question to be your state’s bird

2)   What is the National bird of the USA?

  1. Turkey
  2. Bald Eagle
  3. Chicken

3)   Choose one raptor:

  1. Dinosaur
  2. Seal
  3. Eagle

4)   Which bird is often eaten on Thanksgiving?

  1. Rooster
  2. Turkey
  3. Roadrunner

5)   What bird can't fly, but can run a speed of about 40 miles an hour?

  1. Cheetah
  2. Eagle
  3. Ostrich

6)   What bird can dive for another bird at 200 miles an hour?

  1. Eagle
  2. Peregrine Falcon
  3. Pelican

7)   Which bird pokes holes in other bird's eggs to make sure there's enough food for them?

  1. Wren
  2. Falcon
  3. Knife

8)   Which bird eats almost anything, including fruit?

  1. Vulture
  2. Crow
  3. Sparrow

9)   What is one of the smallest birds?

  1. California Condor
  2. Vulture
  3. Hummingbird

10) Which bird is almost all red?

  1. Herring Gull
  2. Cardinal
  3. Owl

11) Which bird eats entirely on fish, and is nicknamed "fishhawk"?

  1. Peregrine Falcon
  2. Eagle
  3. Osprey

12) Which kind of bird doesn't build nests and just lays eggs on a cliff or in a cave?

  1. Flycatcher
  2. Blue Jay
  3. Vulture

13) What bird is gray and eats at a feeder and is real gentle?

  1. Sharp-shinned hawk
  2. Mourning Dove
  3. Cardinal

14) Pick the best bird that fits the following description: "Brown with a white head, is very large and steals fish from Osprey."

  1. Bald Eagle
  2. Osprey
  3. Rooster

15) What finch has a purple head but is not injured?

  1. House Finch
  2. Purple Finch
  3. Cardinal Finch

16) Which bird will warn you off with screams and if you don't go away, will strike?

  1. Goshawk
  2. Wren
  3. Condor

17) What bird eats berries (listed here)?

  1. Vulture
  2. Goshawk
  3. Catbird

18) What bird returns each year to San Juan Capistrano?

  1. Swallow
  2. Blue Jay
  3. Vulture

Answers at the end of Baloo

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