The Cornell Lab Bird Academy Discussion Groups Joy of Birdwatching Activities: Bird ID Practice

    • Kathy
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      1: I saw a Downy Woodpecker and a Golden-crowned Sparrow.  The woodpecker was feeding at a suet/seed feeder, vertically oriented.  The sparrow was feeding on the ground beneath the suet/seed feeder, hopping around with other Golden-crowned Sparrows.  2: I saw a Tree Swallow, a Barn Swallow, and a Western Bluebird with blue the predominant color.  The Tree Swallow has a blue back, and hood, a short tail with a white underbody.  The Barn Swallow has a blue back with a rufous underbody and a long forked tail.  The Western Bluebird is a male with brilliant blue areas on the head, back and wings with rufous patches on the wings and upper chest.  3:  The Tree and Barn Swallows were feeding in the air on flying insects.  The Western Bluebird was feeding from the ground on small green worms and also flying insects it flew to from perches to catch.  4:  The Western Bluebird is a small to medium size songbird with brilliant blue markings and rufous patches on the wings and chest that feeds from the ground and from perches.  The bluebird feeds in open fields with trees, fences, and overhead telephone lines to perch on.  This time of year they sometimes look for nest boxes and carry dried grasses from the ground to the nest box which is what I'm currently observing in the Pacific Northwest.
      • Deanne
        Participant
        Chirps: 10
        Thanks for sharing, can you put up pictures? especially of your nesting boxes? I'm interested in how you did it, how high up off the ground, etc. Thanks!
    • Emily
      Participant
      Chirps: 5
      1: I saw a junco and a robin. The robin had a much rounder shape to it than the junco. It also appeared to have a smaller head than the junco, but that may be because of the junco's black hood. 2: I saw three birds with red on different parts of their bodies. The robin has a red belly, while the Purple Finch is red all over! The Towhee had a little bit of red on its sides. I got to use the Merlin app to identify the Purple Finch and the Towhee, which I originally thought was a junco. 3. I saw my robin foraging on the ground, using its beak. The Purple Finch was at a feeder. I saw a hummingbird (not sure what kind) flitting around near a pine tree.
      • Deanne
        Participant
        Chirps: 10
        Thanks for sharing, i'm learning a lot. I thought i saw some "rare" little red bird, same here, looked it up "purple" finch. you must be in a warmer climate than i am (I am in Wisconsin) We don't have hummingbirds yet.