Tuesday, May 15, 2012

5 Days of Birdwatching-Day 2

Hello Neighbors!

Time for another Birdwatching post.  Please take time to check out some of the other posts in the blog hop.  You can do so by clicking on the button at the bottom of my post!

We have already done some study on the birds in our area and we have put together a birdwatching kit.  Now we just need birds!  Obviously you can go to parks, lakes, rivers, hiking trails, and such to locate birds.  We have several parks we have visited and of course we always watch for them while camping or traveling.  The river nearby is another source where we find many types of birds.  This is where we saw the Bald Eagles.  We also see many types of ducks and geese here.

Most State and County parks have an information building where you can find out about their hiking trails and the types of birds often seen in their park.  Some of them even have flyers or brochures you can take with you as you are out on the trail.  As a family we do have some rules when we are birdwatching.
1. Stay on the trail.
2. Do not disturb the birds.  Watch, take notes, take pictures, but do not bother the birds.
3. Never take a nest.  Yes, we do have some that we have found that were obviously no longer in use as they had been torn down by a storm or wind.  But we never remove them from a tree, or any location where it is obvious there are or will be used.
4. And we always go out in pairs, never alone.
5. Bring your Birdwatching kit, along with water and perhaps a snack.
6. Let someone know where you are going and when you plan on being back.

Now, that we have some rules in place, let's start birdwatching!  Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring along sunscreen if necessary.  We usually choose a trail and start walking, being sure to look all around us.  Some birds will be found in trees, or bushes, while others will be in the air.  Then you will find some on the ground while others will be in or around water.  Keep your eyes open!  Take your time walking.  If you are in a hurry you will miss seeing many things.  It is easy to walk past a nest in a tree or bush if you are not looking for them.  If it is nesting season be very careful not to scare the mother bird.

Be sure to try and get pictures.  Especially if you do not recognize the bird.  This way you will be able to use a book or the internet after you get home to try and identify the bird.  Another source my daughter uses is her Birds and Blooms Magazine collection.  Oftentimes she can find a bird we have seen in one of her magazines.

While at a campground recently,  we were able to watch and get several pictures of two birds building their nest.  We were able to sit on a bench nearby and take several pictures.  It did not seem to bother them at all.  Of course their nest was high enough up we could not have bothered it without a ladder!
Can you find the nest?

I am sure many of you have your own favorite places for birdwatching and tomorrow I will be discussing one of mine, so be sure to stop by At the Fence tomorrow and see where our favorite birdwatching place is!

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Melissa said...

I love watching mama birds - so protective of their little ones. This blue birdie flying around on your blog is too cute too :)

Kate said...

I love the photos you got of the nesting birds! Your little flying twitter bird is especially apt in this post! LOL It landed on the photo as I was reading. Too cute!