Birdwatching Tips #2

Making List of Your Birdwatching Adventures
Many people keep list of the things they see and hear while out birdwatching. There are several kinds of list you might want to consider starting.

Life List
This is a list of all the birds species you have seen or heard. The sound of a bird you heard is acceptable in lists (if you can figure out what you heard or recorded.) It is good to get a date and location of the first sighting of each new bird.
What is a Good Life List?
Keeping the Life List

Trip Lists
I also keep a birding list when I go birdwatching. If we go to Lake Hollingsworth or Merritt Island NWR, I keep a list of that outing. I list all the birds I see or hear at that place. Like the other lists given here, I put the date, location, weather condition (sunny, overcast, windy, etc) time and whatever else is important. Sort of like a combined list and field note. It is my way of doing it. I then enter each trips list at ebird.com. (I’ll explain that in another blog post.)

Keeping Field Notes
These are your impressions of the bird as you observe it. You could describe it in words, sketches, colored pens, etc. to help identify the bird later. When you are at home with your reference guides, these notes will help to figure out which bird you saw and nail the ID.Your first impression of the bird’s size, proportions, colors and markings, bills, leg color, what the bird is doing, song or sounds, and the habitat, plus a sketch can all be helpful later.
The following link goes into depth on how to take good field notes.
Good Field Notes
Also:
How to write convincing details

Keeping a Bird-Watching Journal
The Journal differs from Field Notes in that it is less technical and more your impressions of the whole experience of watching the birds. Along with the date and location, you can detail the weather, the surroundings, what you think the bird is doing in more personal terms, how that makes you feel, etc. A very good article is available by clicking the following link.
Keeping a Bird Watching Journal

Keeping a Birds of the Bible List or Journal

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 ESV)

So, why not have a list or journal of the birds you come across as you read the Bible. All of us come across the name of a bird or general reference to birds. Put the name down and the reference and come back later and dig a little deeper.
How to dig deeper?
Read the context of the verse. How is it being used?
  • Is it just in a list or is it the object of a lesson?
  • What is that lesson and how does it apply to me?
  • Is the bird mentioned elsewhere in scripture? Use a concordance or Bible software like e-Sword.
  • Use Naves Topical Bible or similar help to find out about birds.
  • Look up the bird online and in Bird guides.

More ideas could be mentioned, but you be creative and do what helps and motivates you to find out more about the Birds of the Bible. Later, drop a comment or email and we can share your ideas on this.

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