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.
|Great Blue Heron fishing at Fern Ridge Dam|
|Eagle heading to nest with more building material as the two eaglets watch|
There's often other nice creatures along the way,
|Western Pond Turtle|
and others you could do without.
|Redspotted Garter Snake|