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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Birding In May

I recently joined a birding group in my area. It has been an extremely fun and educational experience.  As I watch and learn from the experts who have been birding for many, many years, I am amazed at how many birds they can identify by their call or song.  It's like learning a second language! 
In 2011, "The Big Year" the movie was released.  It's a comedy (which was based on a true story) about three birders trying to see and identify the most birds in North America in a single year.  Birders who plan to be a competitor in this informal competition in North America, must plan to see and identify over 700 birds.  The competition begins on January 1 at 12:00 A.M. each year and ends on December 31st at 11:59 P.M. as defined in the American Birding Association Big Year rules.  When I watched the movie a few years ago, I never dreamed that bird-watching would be in my future!
Here's are some of the birds I photographed this month.
Savanna Sparrow

Turkey Vulture

Cedar Waxwing
Great Blue Heron fishing at Fern Ridge Dam

Lazuli Bunting

Violet-green Swallow

Bewick's Wren

Northern Flicker

Song Sparrow

Eagle heading to nest with more building material as the two eaglets watch
Mallard Duck

There's often other nice creatures along the way,
Western Pond Turtle

and others you could do without.
Redspotted Garter Snake

Happy Birding!


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