Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bird watching, April update

Bird watching is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I hear birds everywhere (and I even see some occasionally), but I have yet to be able to identify a bird that I didn't already have a pretty good idea of what they looked like.

In the entire month of March, I saw:

*1 bluejay
*A mockingbird or two
*A few doves
*Several cardinals
*Robins galore
*Dozens and dozens of birds flying past me, perched in a tree just past my view, silhouetted against the sun, and chirping somewhere near where I couldn't see them

Despite the fact that bluejays, mockingbirds, and doves were all birds I didn't star on the original post, I had a pretty good idea of how to identify them. It only took a look at a bird book to confirm what I already believed was true. So I don't really consider finding those birds to be a grand accomplishment.

We're going to try a bird feeder, but I am starting to worry that I will not make my goal of learning ten new bird species by the end of May. :-(

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  • Laura

    I seldom actually *see* birds -- I guess if I had a pair of binoculars it might be easier, but instead I've mostly been trying to identify bird calls. So far I've only really got one of the robin songs down, so I guess that's not any better than what you're doing by sight! The five that you have are a great start, I think.

  • Alan

    Surely you've seen a goose or two!
    And a crow... And a hawk!


    If not we'll work on that the next time you come over.