An Amateur Birdwatcher's tally
My sister and I have birded together for years. Like the hawk in the picture we are on the look out. We have a system with our birdwatching that doesn’t conform to the books. We like to watch for birds, count them, list them, and do research on our whims. Of course, adding our dogs to the mix has added new spice and fun.
Many of our expeditions are alike – we are comfortable with drive by birding rather than walking miles in the woods. Flaming Geyser park is a base for us – we go almost every week. This week was no exception. The trip is invigorating although very familiar. At this time of year there is usually a lot of fog. The dog walks are amusing. The dogs are in worlds of their own and they aren’t very patient with a picture taking person. Birds don’t seem too alarmed by Maggie. I got a great series of pictures with a blue heron who seemed to be taking little note of us.
Then I found the woodpecker. He ignored us as he checked out a tree right by the road. Maggie found an interesting section of leaves to inspect so I was free to snap pictures.
This week we saw 5 less birds than the week before – but we saw a hairy woodpecker. There weren’t as many types of ducks out in the park this week. Here is a list of what we saw, from home to home.
House sparrows Scrub jays
Red tailed hawk golden eagle
Robins red wing blackbirds
Starlings mallard ducks
Seagulls hairy woodpecker.
blue herons (3 in the course of the trip!)
Check out my gallery of pictures at myyarncraftsplus.weebly.com/birding-gallery.html !
I love birdwatching. It's relaxing and fun. Even though I've been birding for over 10 years I classify myself as an amateur birder. I plan to write a blog each month about my experiences. Hope you enjoy them!