Friday, April 19, 2013

Caw!, Caw! (American Crow) A.K.A. Birdwatching

     I have recently gotten into birdwatching.  I've already seen a bunch of birds this spring.  I like birdwatching because it is very relaxing.  I love how I hear them singing outside my window.
I also like their slender build, and especially how their wings fold up.  Most birds I can identify right away, like the Brown Headed Cowbird, or the American Robin, but their will always some mystery bird that I don't have the time to identify so I let it slide.  I have noticed this bird that has often been flying around in our field that I haven't gotten a good enough look at so I don't know what it is.  I think it lives in tree close to the field.  It's really nagging me.

     I have three birding guides.  'The Peterson Field Guide To Birds Of North America', 'Florida birds' (I don't live in Florida, so I don't use this one so much.), and 'Vermont Birds'.
The Peterson one has all the birds that have ever been seen in North America.  The Florida birds one has all the most common birds in Florida and the Vermont one has all the most common birds in Vermont.  Right now I'm using the Vermont Birds book the most because if I use the Peterson one, I constantly have to be flipping pages, whereas with the vermont birds one there are no pages.  But some times I still have to use the Peters.  
Ex: today I was looking out my window and a saw a strange bird.  I looked in my Vermont Birds and I saw it was a Brown Headed Cowbird.  Next to it I saw another bird that looked like a Sparrow of some sort, or was it?  Another second and I thought "thats no Sparrow!".  I automatically went for the Peterson guide  and figured out it was only a female Brown Headed Cowbird.  You can always depend on The Peterson Field Guide To Birds Of North America.

-The Peterson Field Guide To Birds Of North America
-Vermont Birds
-Florida Birds



  1. We have a bird feeder right outside our bathroom window and it is amazing to see how many birds come to eat. We see beautiful wood peckers with brilliant red caps. We also see nuthatches. And we keep binoculars nearby so we can check out the birds more closely. You might want to try that.