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.


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


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


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.


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.”


This is a rare mute syrup sucker.


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


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.


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!


Maree Clarkson April 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm

A beautiful post and a fresh take on birding!


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

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


Debra April 19, 2010 at 1:41 pm



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