Monday, May 14, 2012

5 Days of Birdwatching-Day 1

Hi neighbors!

As you know I am part of a TOS Homeschool Blog Hop this week!  I am so excited to be participating and I hope you will take time to check out other posts on the Hop.

Now, on to our birdwatching.  Our interest in birds began several years ago when one of my daughters took an extreme interest in birds. (We actually own a Cockateil!)  But when I am talking about Birdwatching, I am talking about wild birds.  I will tell you that all pictures in this series are ones we took ourselves.

One of the most important things to do BEFORE you start birdwatching, is to do a little research.  Find out through the internet or local library which birds are prevalent in your area and when they are around.I found a site called What Bird ( where you can go to identify different birds.  As some birds migrate (travel) you might see certain species only during certain months.  In our local area we have a large population of Bald Eagles around for about 2 months.  On one trip we counted over 40!  We were totally amazed to see that many.  So of course we took a few pictures.

We also attract finches, a few woodpeckers, Bluejays, and Cardinals.  Just to name a few.  If you know what is actually in your area, it will be alot easier to identify them when you see them.

As you start watching birds, you might want to assemble a small field kit.  Here are some things we would include:
A field guide on birds for your area.
A notebook for taking notes on birds you have seen, when and where you saw them, male or female (if you can tell), etc.
A pen or pencil for taking notes.
If you like to draw, be sure to bring a sketchbook.
A pair of binoculars.
A camera.  This is something we carry with us just about everywhere.  This way you will have a picture should you need to identify the bird.  Also it is great fun to share the pictures!
If you are hiking to find birds, be sure to wear the appropriate clothing and be sure to bring water and possibly a snack along.
Also with hiking make sure you know where you are going and take a partner along.

Oooops! These are our chicks!
 Now be sure to stop by At the fence tomorrow for more Birdwatching.  And remember to visit other blogs on the Blog Hop.



Kym said...

We have a lot of goldfinches, cardinals, and blue jays here, but it is tough to get a good picture. Yours are excellent!

Vickie said...

We live in the country and see many wild birds here. We actually had a Killdeer build her nest right in the middle of our yard. It was amazing to keep an eye out on the process, do our research on Killdeer, and see the babies after they were born. Very interesting and educational.

Rusthawk said...

Your pics are great and, bald eagles! Lucky you. I like that site you recommended, too. It's a good one.

Unknown said...

I love birds! I saw a huge brownish eagle the other day with something squirming in it's beak. The bird was huge,the wing span was about 4 feet! It came from my back yard, so cool!

Unknown said...

we love bird watching. and we have a cockatiel, too!

love all the pictures and the tips!

Our Peculiar Lives said...

Great photos! My mom feeds birds outside her dining room window. It's amazing to go over and watch all the different birds at different times of the year!

Jennifer said...

How cool to see eagles so close. We enjoyed bird watching with my grandparents out their window today.

Lisa @ Our Country Road said...

Hmm, do you like near me? We have the same bird population :). You have some great photos!