Birds All Around

I am amazed how much more we notice birds around us now that we’re taking this birding class. It’s kind of like VW Buses – I often hear people comment that after meeting me, they spot VW Buses all around. Anyway, this week, we’ve spotted two new species in our neighborhood that we’ve never seen before – the Rose-colored Grosbeak, and Cedar Waxwings. Actually, Thomas saw these, but he took photos for me. And this afternoon, we discovered a Chickadee nest inside our neighbors fence post with two tiny Chickadee babies in it.

I’ve been taking a ton of photos of birds in our yard, and I found an album I forgot to post – my favorites are below.

Here’s some fun facts we’ve learned in the class:

  • Blue Jays are actually black-colored birds, but the light refraction from their feather structure makes them look blue. (Thomas says: If you find a feather it will look blue, but if you step on it and crush the feather, it will look black.)
  • Starlings were introduced to the US when they were released during a Shakespearing performance in Central Park.
  • Cowbirds lay their eggs in other birds nests to be raised by adopted mothers. Still they learn the cowbird song rather than the adopted mother’s song.
  • The knocking sound that woodpeckers make can be a call, not just to get insects – that’s why they knock on metal too.
  • The Phoebe was the first banded bird – by John Audubon, actually. (I didn’t know Audubon was a name, I thought it was another word for bird.)

Purple Finches
Purple Finches
Blue Jay
Blue Jay
White Breasted Nuthatch
White Breasted Nuthatch

6 Comments on Birds All Around

  1. Mama C
    May 7, 2008 at 10:00 AM (8 years ago)

    You just explained why a woodpecker keeps pecking on the metal cover on my patio. The bird pictures are beautiful.

  2. Michelle
    May 7, 2008 at 5:59 PM (8 years ago)

    Beautiful bird pictures. We were in South Dakota recently and got a couple of good ones of some blue birds (name??) and a Kildeer. I’ll have to dig them out and post them to my Flickr acct.

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  3. Steph
    May 8, 2008 at 11:10 PM (8 years ago)

    Oh how funny, I just started getting interested in birds! My MIL got a birdfeeder and has been getting a lot of finches and we both have hummingbird feeders. My husband and I just saw our first one eating out of it tonight while we were eating dinner. It is really quite interesting

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  4. Lisa's Chaos
    May 9, 2008 at 7:01 PM (8 years ago)

    It is weird how we have so many of the same birds, yet we’re far apart. :)

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  5. Jerry Brunner
    May 12, 2008 at 11:23 AM (8 years ago)

    Thank you Dallas & Thomas for taking my birding class. I enjoyed having you both. And extra thanks for the beautiful pictures!