Birdwatching Without Going Birdwatching

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) by Dan

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) by Dan

Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches…. O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. (Psalms 104:12, 24 ESV)

It has been hard to find the time lately to go out on a birdwatching trip, but we have been seeing quite a few birds. Do you ever have times like that? Unfortunately, those are the times when you see some interesting bird, but you are not prepared to take a photo or have a notepad at hand. That has been the case with us recently. Though a true bird watcher is always on the lookout for avian friends to view.

Unknown Warbler by Lee

Unknown Warbler by Lee

We’ve had company, my sister and her husband, a short family reunion out of town, and a trip to South Carolina, and on and on. By the time we get a chance to go out with cameras in hand, all of our birds will have flown back north for the summer. Oh, well! Those of you who live north of us will be glad to see their feathered friends arrive and start their nesting season. Take good care of them and send them back to us in the fall.

We have seen some birds we don’t normally see here near the house. At my brothers, near Webster, FL, we either heard or saw Pileated Woodpeckers and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, Carolina Wren, Tufted Titmice, Mourning Dove, American Crow, and an unknown to me warbler. We watched the Red-bellied coming in an out of a nest. Did have a camera, but not the normal one. Not the best photo. At my feeder, I spotted a House Finch that was an orange variant. In our neighborhood recently I spotted a Pileated Woodpecker, Lesser Yellowlegs, and a baby Sandhill Crane with its parents.

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) by Lee

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) by Lee

Being at my brother’s house, which is in a very wooded area, helped me realize that I need more practice hearing and identifying birds by their sounds. It was hard to spot most of them, but they were there singing and calling, but my lack of practice, made it hard to put names on them. There are many good programs and websites that can help teach the sounds.

All of this was said to encourage you to stay alert to what is around you. Planned or unplanned, birdwatching is always interesting and many times surprises comes in to view or a sound comes into your ear.

The I.O.C Version 2.8 of the World Bird List is out and the Birds of the World is being updated.

P.S. If you know what that bird is, please leave a comment.

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