If so, can you explain what drew you to the hobby and what about it appeals to you?
Any birdwatchers on DL?
|by Anonymous||reply 80||a day ago|
It's a way of getting my mind off my troubles by paying close attention to nature. Getting out into the woods and stalking the wildlife takes tremendous concentration on the natural world, which resets something in the brain and mitigates the effect of my high-stress job.
Also, it's a way to go on small quests! Taking a long weekend to go to Big Sur too look for California Condors is more fun than just going to Big Sur to hang out.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||05/08/2018|
Great insights, r1 ; thanks!
Any suggestions for a novice birder?
|by Anonymous||reply 2||05/08/2018|
I'm a novice birdwatcher as well. I guess what fascinates me is that there are so many kinds, some more beautiful than others, some more rare than others. Each kind with a specific behaviour. I also like butterflys and dragonflys.
As R1 said it provides a good reason for going out into nature, but it's also soothing just to watch birds from the living room window.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||05/08/2018|
[quote]Any suggestions for a novice birder?
Try to find a purple Martin early in the morning. It’s divine.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||05/08/2018|
My suggestions for a novice birder, R2? My primary suggestion is just get outside and look around! Go to your local hiking trails and hike, take your binoculars and camera along and see what you see, and maybe try to puzzle out things you saw and didn't understand when you get home.
The worst that can happen is that you get some exercise.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||05/08/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 6||05/08/2018|
Then I find this ...
|by Anonymous||reply 7||08/20/2018|
Me. I love my hummingbirds. They make me so utterly happy. Yes, I know...MARY!
|by Anonymous||reply 8||08/20/2018|
In a world in which 90% of the population is glued to their electronic devices, birdwatching holds a certain appeal.
The hermit thrush, like most members of the thrush family, has a hauntingly beautiful song.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||04/14/2019|
Thanks for that, r9! I’ve heard that song but have never been able to identify it.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||04/14/2019|
No problem, r10! It's almost ethereal.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||04/14/2019|
One of my favourite songs is that of the Western Meadowlark. I used to hear this when I first woke in the morning. I took it for granted at the time. The prairie land near our house was later "developed".
|by Anonymous||reply 12||04/14/2019|
The White-throated sparrow is a sweet little bird.
Check out this guy's YouTube channel - great bird and nature videos!
|by Anonymous||reply 13||04/14/2019|
|by Anonymous||reply 14||04/14/2019|
[quote] If so, can you explain what drew you to the hobby and what about it appeals to you
No. I can’t.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||04/14/2019|
I still have white throated sparrows. They stick around til the end of May. Last week I had tons of juncos, but it wasn’t because it was going to snow. They were tanking up for the migration back up north and into mountains to the west. They’re usually gone by the end of Tax Week.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||04/14/2019|
I like the song and plumage of birds, but mostly I like the fact that they are dinosaurs.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||04/14/2019|
I never liked barn owls, but this video is rather haunting
|by Anonymous||reply 18||04/14/2019|
Starlings are trying to get into my house via the roof. I hear the:in the morning but when I go outside to see where they are, they disappear. They’re abominable birds when it comes to getting into houses. They’re very good at it
|by Anonymous||reply 19||04/14/2019|
|by Anonymous||reply 20||04/14/2019|
I REALLY dislike starlings, r19, mainly because they're invasive and compete with native species for food/nesting sites.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||04/14/2019|
OP, do you live in an urban area in the East? If you do, one of the best places for birding is in an old, large, garden cemetery. In NYC, you should try Green-Wood in Brooklyn. It’s still an active cemetery, so you have to be respectful, but it is essentially an arboretum in the middle of New York, with much fewer people than, say, Central Park, so more wildlife.
At the link is Mt. Auburn near Boston. It was the first “Garden Cemetery” in the US. It’s very quiet and peaceful. Today, they actually have a wedding coordinator at the cemetery because of the interest. This is from Wikipedia:
[quote] The cemetery is nondenominational and continues to make space available for new plots. The area is well known for its beautiful environs and is a favorite location for bird-watchers; over 220 species of birds have been observed at the cemetery since 1958. Guided tours of the cemetery's historic, artistic, and horticultural points of interest are available...Mount Auburn's collection of over 5,500 trees includes nearly 700 species and varieties.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||04/14/2019|
The male pheasant who spent the winter in my yard eating my birdseed is gone. I hope he went back to the fields to mate. He came here to get away from the hunters. Interesting bird. More friendly than my guinea fowl, and smarter, of course. Doesn’t take much to be smarter than a guinea fowl. But guineas are endearing with their clowny faces.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||04/14/2019|
Last spring I heard a bird singing on a rooftop at a nearby apartment not a high rise . . He was singing a full hour . So beautiful . It was a blackbird .
|by Anonymous||reply 24||04/14/2019|
Drink your tea is here! Every year in spring and fall I get an Eastern towhee (formerly called the rufous side towhee) for a few weeks. I always forget their name and call them “drink your tea” or “dweet,” which are the sounds they make
|by Anonymous||reply 25||04/14/2019|
This one shows the first bird singing “drink your tea” in the beginning and the second bird does the “dweet” call (or “doo weet.”)
|by Anonymous||reply 26||04/14/2019|
Yep, been a birdwatcher longer than I care to admit. I like the connection to nature that it gives me. Also, when I’m traveling I get to look for birds that don’t live in my area. When I was a kid I had corvids- magpies and crows as pets. Those birds thought they were little humans with wings. Their intelligence really gave me an appreciation for all animals, but birds are still my favorite.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||04/14/2019|
R19 When I get up to perform my ablutions in my bathroom I can hear the starlings - they've infiltrated the area around the exhaust. The Wikipedia article reports that they migrate south for the winter but I know that they around all year no matter how cold it gets. I curse the guy that introduced them to North America. He had the stupid idea to introduce every bird species mentioned in Shakespeare. Their numbers are declining in Britain so maybe there is hope for North America.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||04/14/2019|
After I stoped feeding my Blue Jays, (neighbor complained), they came around squawking outside. When that didn’t work, one of the tapped quite diligently on the window.
Can’t find the video right now.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||04/14/2019|
We call them ‘twitchers’ where I’m from.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||Last Monday at 8:27 AM|
r29 I used to dislike blue jays, but now I find them fascinating. One of my favorite species.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||Last Monday at 8:32 AM|
Is that an indigo bunting, op?
|by Anonymous||reply 32||Last Monday at 8:37 AM|
Blue jays make a lot of sounds. They’re good at imitating hawk screeches. All the other birds at the feeder hear the sound of the “hawk” and take off, leaving all the seeds to the blue jays. In late summer and early fall, you can hear juvenile blue jays experimenting with their voices. They somet8 s sound like theyre talking to themselves.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||Last Monday at 8:57 AM|
Yes r32 -- one of my favorites, although I haven't seen one since youth
|by Anonymous||reply 34||Last Monday at 9:09 AM|
I live in an apartment building in downtown Los Angeles and from my balcony I can see hawks, mourning doves, blackbirds, seagulls, different kinds of wrens. I have my hummingbirds of course - two small feeders - And dragonflies.
I’m not sure if they are Cooper’s Hawk’s or California red tail hawks but they come right down into the courtyard after pigeons and toddlers and such.
I don’t even have to leave my balcony! Just now there are two rather upset (and enormous) blackbirds divebombing one another and I don’t know what their deal is.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||Last Monday at 9:18 AM|
Remarkable marvels of nature
|by Anonymous||reply 36||Last Monday at 9:22 AM|
Ive told this story before. It was the night before Halloween a few years ago and I put orange icicle lights on my porch. I walked into the yard so I could see how the porch looked and I saw a little orange ball in my front yard tree. I walked to the tree and realized it was a little eastern screech Owl. The orange lights were being reflected from its white belly feathers. I wondered how many times that little owl had been sitting in the tree and I just walked right past, never seeing it before. It sat for a while and I tried to take its picture but it was just too dark - I couldn’t see out the viewfinder. He flew off after being annoyed by my flash. It was just a lil juvenile, so cute.
Another time I heard a weird sound in my neighborhood at night in early fall. Like a kitten that was hurt. I walked around and found it - a little short eared Owl. I read up on them and apparently the parents teach them how to catch food, then fly off and leave them alone. The birds sometimes cry for their parents. That’s what this one was doing, just sitting up in a tree crying.
I get great horned owls a lot in my housing development. We’re surrounded by fields, so the owls like to hang out in the neighborhood trees at night. They do sound spooky. I’m not fond of them because they eat birds, rabbits and small pets. I have guinea fowl who sleep in my trees, so I chase them off my property.
Eastern screech owls can sound like a screaming woman. They can also sound like horses neighing and can make a whirring sound. Unfortunately a heavy snowfall took down the lower branches of my front yard tree, so I’ve never been able to see the little screech owl in the teee again. But I heard it this past Halloween as I was putting lights on my privet hedge.
Here’s a screech owl. It makes the scream sound, then the whir, then the whinny
|by Anonymous||reply 37||Last Monday at 10:30 AM|
Thanks for the Blue Bunting.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||Last Monday at 10:48 AM|
They’re cute, sing well and you can collect them like Pokémon. I’m always thrilled to spot a lifer.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||Last Monday at 10:57 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 40||Last Monday at 11:09 AM|
I live in Texas at the northwestern tip of the Gulf under a busy Flyway. My backyard is large, 2/3 filled with trees and the 1/3 cleared. Since I bought the house 6 years ago and began feeding birds year 'round, some are using it as a resting/meeting place after traversing the Gulf. They usually stay a couple of weeks, then head north to final destinations.
In March there was a hummingbird pair. Now, the Indigo Buntings have been arriving a few at a time, and as of yesterday, 12 males and some accompanying females were feeding on my deck. They are early. Last year's group of 30 didn't arrive until April 20. I also get a few Painted Buntings, Grosbeaks and others.
Typical of those that stay the year are the Northern Cardinals, Bluejays, Doves, Mockingbirds, Robins, Sparrows and Finches. 12 of the Doves homestead here and the group swells to 60 in the summer. Also around the neighborhood are two species of Woodpeckers and Owls. One Great-Horned Owl was pushed from its nest as a baby. I found it injured, brought it back to health and he called my deck home for 2 years until he died from a virus.
When I was younger, I used to breed finches indoors. Besides many of the Australian species, I also bred several wild-caught African finches.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||Last Monday at 1:23 PM|
Here’s a plain Robin. He happened by earlier this week.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||Last Monday at 7:48 PM|
I meant “common”, not “plain”, at R42. He came by again to show off, once he heard he was on DataLounge.
I know these Robins are common, but he’s right in front of my camera! I don’t seem to get any exotic birds. I’ll have to settle for common birds, acting-up.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||Last Tuesday at 9:24 AM|
I love robins.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||Last Tuesday at 10:43 AM|
I rarely see them on the radio, but here they are.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||Last Tuesday at 12:10 PM|
Please explain, R45. Ty.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||Last Tuesday at 2:45 PM|
Don't birds fly in through your open windows, land on your radio, and tweet along to the music playing?
|by Anonymous||reply 47||Last Wednesday at 5:54 PM|
OP, do birds suddenly appear, every time you are near? That happens to me all the time.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||Last Wednesday at 6:23 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 49||Last Thursday at 1:54 AM|
The veery thrush has a haunting song as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||Last Thursday at 1:53 PM|
Brown headed cowbirds are reared by other birds, since they’re nest parasites, but when they reach adulthood, they join other groups of cowbirds. They don’t grow up to think they’re adult finches.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||Last Thursday at 2:00 PM|
I like hearing the song I’d white throated sparrows on warm winter days. They’ll be leaving soon. They stay here til about mid May.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||Last Thursday at 2:03 PM|
I hear a black-winged blackbird every morning.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||Last Thursday at 2:08 PM|
^^^ red-winged blackbird
|by Anonymous||reply 54||Last Thursday at 2:10 PM|
Haha, thanks r54
|by Anonymous||reply 55||Last Thursday at 2:10 PM|
The jays like peanuts -- best roasted or raw?
|by Anonymous||reply 56||Last Thursday at 2:10 PM|
R18 The barn owl in that video really does remind me of a ghost. Never noticed that before.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||Last Thursday at 2:11 PM|
I'm planning a trip to Churchill, Canada, to watch. I'm hoping for sightings of Gyrfalcons, tundra swans, Snowy owls and Harlequin ducks.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||Last Thursday at 2:18 PM|
I would love to see a snowy owl, r58
|by Anonymous||reply 59||Last Thursday at 2:19 PM|
I've seen one before, but I didn't have a good view of it. Fingers crossed that I'll come across one in the north.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||Last Thursday at 2:21 PM|
I just watched an episode of grackle “love” take place in my backyard.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||Last Thursday at 2:21 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 62||Last Thursday at 2:22 PM|
I’ve already got grackle fledglings in my yard. They return in late Feb/first week of March and start nesting immediately.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||Last Thursday at 2:24 PM|
I love these little owlets
|by Anonymous||reply 64||Last Thursday at 2:33 PM|
Officers, life doesn't have to be ugly. See, look at the birds out there. Listen to their call.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||Last Thursday at 2:37 PM|
R56, I give mine plain unsalted peanuts in the shell. They don’t always recognize unshelled peanuts.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||Last Thursday at 6:03 PM|
I'm going to the Texas gulf coast next week, to relieve job-related stress by birdwatching. I plan to see roseate spoonbills and purple gallinues, among others!
There have been reports of Whooping Cranes in the area where I'll be. Any advice or cautions re seeing them?
|by Anonymous||reply 67||Last Thursday at 9:42 PM|
Varied thrush - the Twin Peaks bird.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||Last Thursday at 10:04 PM|
This sounds fascinating. I have always wanted to get close and personal with nature. This cutie is next on my list.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||Last Thursday at 10:29 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 70||Last Thursday at 10:41 PM|
Bald eagle nest.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||Last Friday at 7:26 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 72||Last Friday at 7:51 AM|
I’m so jealous of the people who have seen and recorded these beautiful birds!
I once awoke to this bizarre screeching outside my window. It was a hawk in a tree. Just feet away. I took some poor pictures before it flew off. Now, even the tree is gone. But that’s about it. I live in the city so must make due with mostly common birds.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||Last Friday at 8:00 AM|
[quote] R67: There have been reports of Whooping Cranes in the area where I'll be. Any advice or cautions re seeing them?
Make sure you get vaccinated first!
|by Anonymous||reply 74||Last Friday at 8:49 AM|
I love loons.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||Last Friday at 9:50 AM|
These little guys have been visiting my feeders recently. Spring is really here!
|by Anonymous||reply 76||Last Friday at 4:03 PM|
Chauncey the Cardinal pays a visit.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||Yesterday at 9:35 AM|
[quote] These little guys have been visiting my feeders recently. Spring is really here
Some of them were probably at your feeder all winter. They were just a different color
|by Anonymous||reply 78||Yesterday at 10:18 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 79||Yesterday at 10:21 AM|
omg, Downy Woodpecker in distress!
|by Anonymous||reply 80||a day ago|