Bird Watchers

April 18, 2010 · 6 comments

I think we own at least three bird identification books. I have clearly identified them by their covers. As far as the actual identification of the birds we see goes, however, I’m more of the “Oh, look! A bird!” type watcher. I watch for birds to photograph.

Rick is actually pretty organized about his bird watching. He’s even started a log of his Idaho sightings. I, on the other hand, have a limited repertoire of on-demand avian identification skills, and apparently, I’m not prone to lookin’ ‘er up after the fact. As they say in Idaho, that’s just how I roll.

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For instance, I knew right away that this was a seagull.

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And this, despite the deceptive white (not feathers, but rather the sun reflecting off the black), was a red-winged blackbird.

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When I don’t already know, though, I just make it up. And this was clearly a small brown sweetheart looking for a little shelter.

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I believe this species is the common beady-eyed hedge hopper. However, since it looks remarkably like my ninth grade French teacher, I’m going with “Monsieur Leduc.”

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This is a rare mute syrup sucker.

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I’m thinking “Bathsheba” here. She claimed to want some privacy, but she was just so out there…

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Apparently, humming birds do more than hum.

You never know what you’ll see when you’re a bird watcher. And you know what? I’m starting to think they’re keeping an eye on us, too.  For instance, I came around the corner of a 19th floor hotel suite in Vancouver last year wrapped in an insufficient towel and was startled to find a peeping Tom staring me down.

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He thought it was pretty funny.


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Charlie April 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm

My biggest challenge birdwatching is trying not to flash the neighbors. We have those groovy up/down shades – but it only goes down so far, and it’s not far enough for me to see over and watch the 2 feeders below my window so I put them up, not down. This is risky business given that my favorite bird watching time (I have 7 feeders) is while I get dressed each morning. I am sure each of the squirrels that inhabit my back yard (Skippy, Jif and Pan are their names becuase they like peanuts – and yes I can tell them apart!) have seen more than the seaqull! Oh tales they could share!

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Maree Clarkson April 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm

I was a bit quick with my comment, wanted to say the Hummingbird pic is AMAZING! In fact, all the pics are amazing with wonderful (informative!) descriptions!

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Maree Clarkson April 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm

A beautiful post and a fresh take on birding!

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Cindy lee Jones April 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Fantastic photos! I’m a bird lover too, thanks for sharing. 🙂

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Debra April 19, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Cute!

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