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      Bird_Academy
      Share your experience participating in this lesson's activities. Comment on as many or as few activities as you'd like.
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    • Peggy
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      Pegand
      This Great Horned owl stays all day hidden in the depths of the tree behind our house, then takes off each night just about sunset.  He puts on quite a show for us and our neighbors because he scoots out onto a branch about a half hour before flight and just hangs around.  Take off is amazing, such huge wings! 12A23022-8799-4750-9A14-52A0B92ED81C
    • Sara
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      fenssa
      The first bird I was able to identify from my feeder last year, using my new guide book, was the Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco, I loved watching it flick food out of the feeder then jumping down to the ground to eat it, thankfully I am seeing them again around my apartment, sadly I had to take down the feeder this summer as I was also attracting a large family of rats underneath  my feeder and my landlord was not happy:( Every time I see a Junco, now, I smile and think of the start of my becoming a birder:)
    • Susan
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      susanfox2
      I chose the Belted Kingfisher. I met a few kingfishers this summer-fall while kayaking on the Hudson River. They come across as quite the characters: chatty and bossy, but so fun to watch. At first, I had mistaken them for blue jays since it seemed--from a distance--in flight they have similar markings on their wings.  In researching them for this activity, I discovered that what I thought was a male is actually a female. This is one of the few species where the female is more brightly colored than the male. She has a rust band or belt, whereas the male does not. They burrow into fairly deep holes. I also looked up the red-breasted nuthatch since I have two who have been spending a lot of time at our feeder since October. They are often around chickadees and titmice, and I wasn't sure if that was just our two, or a coincidence. But apparently this is common behavior. I really love watching them hop up and down the tree, then dive in for a quick grab at the feeder. My source of information: Cornell Lab, All About Birds.
    • Jacqueline
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      archtribe!me
      Tufted Titmouse I don't have a very good picture that anyone could use for identification.  But, since the pandemic and our lock-down in March (I live in Central Illinois), I had not bought bird seed for my multiple bird feeders until October. Our pergola, from which all feeders had been hung, has been taken down due to rot and the danger that posed. I bought a shepherd's hook and hung a tube feeder from that and a suet feeder from a tree. Then I waited, and waited, and finally a Tufted Titmouse darted into the yard during the second week of November. The bird landed in a Red Bud tree. It then flew to the tube feeder to eat, then it went back to the tree. It chirped several times, then a second Tufted Titmouse joined the first one. They collected food at the feeder, then flew to the tree. This species grabs food, then goes to a more protected location, like a nearby tree. There the bird uses its feet to process seeds, according to the Cornell course "Feeder Birds, Identification and Behavior." Also, in the winter, this species provides safety to other birds found in flocks with mixed species composition that include chickadees, woodpeckers, and others (Contreras, T.A. And K. E. Sieving, 2011. Leadership of Winter Mixed-Species Flocks by Tufted Titmice. International Journal of Zoology, pg1-11. DOI: 10.1155/2011/670548). Tufted Titmice are vocal in the group and help provide information to others about predators. As a newly minted amateur birder, I find this species to be a very cute bird, full of personality, pleasant to watch, and fairly bold. I am pleased to learn so much about it. I like it because it was the first species to re-inhabit my back-yard feeders.
    • BRENT
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      Brent Boynton
      Activity 2. I recently purchased a telephoto lens.  Now I can take a photo and use the iNaturalist app Seek to ID the bird from the photo(s) on my desktop screen._T6A4452
      • Jacqueline
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        archtribe!me
        What a wonderfully detailed picture.
    • Isabel
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      IsabelTroyo
      I found the Three Wattled Bellbird on the Wall of Birds. I had a chance to see him last year and to hear his strange singing in my country, Costa Rica. These days I can see many birds in my backyard, some species I had not seen before, like Cowbirds. Vaquero adulto y juvenil 1
    • Montana
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      MontanaPineyro
      I have been marveling at the variety of visible birds from my front porch, here in Taos, New Mexico. I see multiple types of woodpeckers, all the varieties of Dark-Eyed Juncos, Magpies, Crows, Calcons, Harriers, and Finches. Did I mention Blue Jays, Stellar's Jays,Western and Mountain Bluebirds, as well as Nuthatches, Titmouses, and, as of yet, unidentified flycatchers. I started this course to help me learn how to quickly identify them, as I am fascinated by them. We also had a sweet, little Caliope Hummingbird that came every day for weeks. Those little gems are greatly missed. When I moved here in August, we had all these amazing birds (many different from those mentioned above). One day, I came out and everything was quiet. It lasted for days. We barely saw any birds. I thought the nearby fires might have had something to do with it. We had a cold snap, in Sept, as well, and many birds were found dead that week. But over the course of the next two weeks, I became aware of new songs. Before I knew it, our birds had gone south, and an entire new group of birds had appeared. I'm 45, and had never witnessed the migration in that way before. Amazing!
      • Jacqueline
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        archtribe!me
        Montana I am so sad to read of the death of birds in your area after a cold snap or because of fires, or because both of these events over-stressed your beautiful visitors.  I am hoping to help my migrants and year-round residents to keep well-fed and warm this winter in Illinois.  They suffer so when our temps dip into the minus zero temperatures; they just get hypothermia and fall out of the trees because they don't have enough fat on board to warm their bodies.
    • Sue
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      Sue House
      I have purchased small bird resting boxes for winter.  Where is the best place to hang them?  They are made of grass on the outside but look like cardboard on the inside.  Should I put something in them?
    • Joe
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      Orbnauticus
      Right now  my favorite bird that I see around my neighborhood is the Downy Woodpecker. They're a lot of fun to watch when they come up to my feeder and I really like their coloring.Downy Woodpecker (2)
    • Alicia
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      conchita
      I had an amazing experience in Costa Rica with a potoo. They have a song that sounds like Pauuulll. I recorded it and at night I saw with my night lights a potoo in a tree close to my house. I reproduced his song using a speaker and he came flying on top of my head, was one of the best moments of my life. He kept coming I believe he was curious about me or wanted to attack me. I will try to insert here the recording I did. I couldn’t insert the recording
    • Pat
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      patmat
      IMG_20201011_111446~2In trying to identify this "duck", I learned about a new bird family the Coots, Gallinules, and Rails.  This is an American Coot I saw at White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas 10/11/20. I plan to spend more time watching the diverse bird population in this area. There is also a wonderful flock of Monk Parakeets in that area!
      • Montana
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        MontanaPineyro
        I used to live in Austin, and always loved when they came for the winter. I also searched for the mystery duck, only to learn, it wasn't a duck. They're lovely to watch!
      • Jacqueline
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        archtribe!me
        We had a bunch of Coots get trapped in ice along the Illinois River one winter (sudden drop in temperature that I think caught them off-guard).  The paleontologists at the Illinois State Museum were fairly excited about recording the predation on these poor birds--they formed a birdie buffet for the local predators.  The information about predation informed the scientists about what they were actually seeing in from the remains excavated from prehistoric paleontological sites--why you would only find the bottom half of the birds, but no spines, wings, necks, or tails.  We've seen this at bogs and marshes where Mastodon or Mammoths got caught in mud and couldn't get away from predators--the parts in the mud survived in-tact to be excavated, the rest of the body, not so much--sometimes scattered around in random ways.   I love that you also have Monk Parakeets in your area!  Very cool.
    • Kristin
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      kdiwaniya
      Visiting the Chesapeake Bay. Great place to birdwatch! Today we saw two bald eagles and plenty of great blue herons. It’s also migration season: so may Canadian geese & mallards! Around the yard I’ve identified mockingbirds and I believe a grey catbird. Lots of smaller very chatty birds perching at the top of tall trees which tend to fly in groups, but haven’t been able to identify them. KD 91F52714-F70B-460D-AADF-93D2D6F7FC86
    • Rebecca
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      Rebecca_Houseman
      I enjoy the diversity of the birds in the Pacific NW including the Bald Eagle, the winter visitor Townsend Warbler and the calls of the Barred Owl in the forest by my house.5139D3AE-075A-441C-B521-A537B3B8BC3A_1_201_a
      • Sue
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        Sue House
        I live in eastern NC.  I see what I think is an eagle because it has a yellow beak.  But they do not have white on their heads.  Are young eagles all brown?  I have a Barred Owls too.
    • Michael
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      Hartung
      Just wanted to share three birds that I find unforgettable: the common loon, the pileated woodpecker and the osprey. I have vivid memories of them surprising me--demanding to be noticed, so to speak. Now I go out of my way to see them again to receive their message from the wild side. Honorable mention to every hummingbird I'ver ever seen and the elusive cedar waxwing.
    • Gracen
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      gefbirds
      I love the Northern Cardinal. It stands out among the rest of nature, and that's what I love best about it.
    • Kathleen
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      KatMThCn
      In the last 2 days, I have had 3 immature rose breasted grosbeaks visit my feeder. When I saw the first one, I thought it looked like a grosbeak but the coloring was all wrong. I looked through manuals and Merlin and found out they were immature birds! That was fun.
    • Elizabeth
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      e3perry
      Hello, I live in the Upstate South Carolina area. By using the Merlin app, I identified a barred owl who wakes me up late at night!
    • Melanie
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      Enid Melanie
      DSC_0647We are lucky to have amazing bird life here in Cape Town. My favourites are the Sunbirds and Mousebirds that frequent my garden, although the latter like to wreack havok in my garden, especially with the granadilla. They are such characters! :) I found them on the wall represented by the Sugarbird and Red-Faced Mousebird in Southern Africa. Yesterday I was super lucky to capture a Double Collared Sunbird with my camera finally - and in front of Table Mountain as well!
      • Darlene
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        Dmantion
        spectacular. Thanks for sharing the picture.
    • Richard
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      Jogli-
      Each morning my son and I walk about 1.5 miles around where we live. It is very common for us to see Blue Jays and my favorite the Northern Cardinal. I love to see them and listen to their songs.
    • Georgina
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      GLaidlaw
      My favourite bird from the Wall of Birds is the Pintail Wydah. I spotted one from my yard here in Ghana and took a not-bad photo; he was a male with the distinctive tail. I listened to the call on the Wall of Birds and it's quite pretty. But what I didn't realise is that these are Indigobirds (I am also a fan of the Wilson's Indigobird, which I've seen around a bit) and they are parasites! Who knew?! Not me. Very intriguing! I have no field guide to Ghanaian birds so the more I can find out about the ones I spot, the better. In terms of different types of birds, I've spotted plenty of raptors, particularly kestrels, but the other day I saw a little African Scops Owl and last night I saw what appears to be a Lizard Buzzard. I saw my first parrot the other day: a Senegal Parrot. I've been in Ghana a year and I come from regional Australia, where there are parrots everywhere, so it was nice to see this one, and I saw another last night. The third kind of bird I've seen, and one of my favourites, is a Turaco: the Grey Plantain Eater. They remind me of cockatoos in Australia with their little crests and highly social personalities — they're very easy to anthropomorphise! My favourite bird that I've seen in my neighbourhood (and my yard) is the splendid sunbird. I've included a photo of the male on a rainy day, and his brilliant colours are a bit subdued, but these are beautiful birds, very small, and he and his mate (pictured below him) come around the house to see if they can find small bugs on our fence wall and around outdoor lights. Screen Shot 2020-09-20 at 2.25.10 pmScreen Shot 2020-09-20 at 2.25.27 pm
      • Melanie
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        Enid Melanie
        Hi Georgina, I also love sunbirds (see the photo I posted above) and also the Whydahs - they are amazing with their extra long tails! The first time I saw one, I was sitting in my parked car and the bird kept coming close and making such a show - it must have been flirting with its reflection in the car window. Adorable!
    • Devin
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      Devin66
      Activity 1: I like the Osprey. Once while I was fishing for trout in a high altitude lake in Central Utah I watched an Osprey as it circled overhead and then plunged (more like belly flopped) into the water to catch its own fish. It failed a few times, but then it succeeded in grabbing a fish in its talons. That was pretty cool to watch. Activity 2: I went for a walk along a trail near my house and spotted some Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks, and Mourning Doves. The plumage of some of the Mallards was different. Rather than having a green head with blue wing bars, some had dark heads with white chests and black bodies, including black wing bars. Activity 3: One of my favorite birds is the Black-chinned hummingbird. One day while I was in my back yard, a Black-chinned hummingbird was performing some aerial stunts. It kept flying back and forth right over my head as it did barrel rolls. Must have been some sort of courting display.
    • Ren
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      RenRossini
      I live in the desert Southwest and have seen a number of adult Cooper's hawk from the Raptor category.  Onc particularly likes to spend time in our large Mesquite tree but it is striking to watch it fly across the yard with its long, striped tail.  It makes a kind of dorky squealing sound which was unexpected.  We also get solitary Roadrunners crossing the yard which I think might fall into the "Other" category.  Just once we watched one glide from the top of a high rock which was quite a sight.  Normally they cautiously traverse the open spaces with their tail and neck making a V-shape until they feel threatened and rotate their body almost parallel with the ground and speed away. Yesterday I was excited to see two Green Tailed Towhees from the Songbird/Sparrow category scratching under some Mesquite trees.  They were so beautiful with rufous caps and bright green along their wings and tail and a very clearly marked white patch on their throats.  I think they are uncommon in the area because the Merlin Bird ID app would not let me ID them.   So far I think the Green Tailed Towhees are my favorite bird that I've seen but I also enjoy the variety of hummingbird's the visit the feeder outside the window. IMG_3258 (1)
    • Erin
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      ErinKosisky
      The Wandering Albatross on the Wall of Birds is the first bird that catches my eye; how could it not!? I love that the birds songs are also included. Listening to the Wandering Albatross is incredible. The duck and diver groups captivate me. I first got into birding after spotting a Loon on a pond near my home. I dove into a great, big research tunnel after seeing him. Incredible! There are so many other ducks near me that I cannot wait to be able to identify. After my first encounter with the Loon, it definitely has to be my favourite. After all, he lead me here. :) -Erin / Pennsylvania
    • christina
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      cflanagan
      Activity 1 : shoebill , tawny frogmouth , kakapo Activity 2 : songbirds group one I have purple finch waterfowl : Pekin ducks in back yard raptors : red tail hawks activity 3 : some owl I hear at night not sure what kind yet
    • Jessica
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      jessbird22660
      My favorites from the Wall of Birds are the Blue-Footed Booby and the Wandering Albatross.  I just love the silly sounding name of the Blue-Footed Booby and their demeanor.  I read a book called the Eye of the Albatross years ago and have been fascinated by albatross eve since then.  They are elegant birds.   Outside, at my feeders, I have identified a White-breasted Nuthatch which is from the Tree Creeper family; a Mourning Dove which is from the Dove/Pigeon family; and a Chipping Sparrow which is from the sparrow family. Also, I have shared a picture of the classic northern cardinal that is always a frequent flyer at my feeders.  20160612_141237
    • Hattaya
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      hattha
      DSC07925 I living in Lake Monticello, a private gated community, is a census-designated place in Fluvanna County, Virginia, United States. By coincidence,  One day I go to golfing at Keswick, I found a Blue Grosbeak looking for food in the grass. And I have the camera in my hand, allows me to take pictures of him. And of course he is in my interest and hopefully wishes to see him again.
    • Hattaya
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      hattha
      Ruby-throated hummingbird is my favorite bird for a reason: 1. They are the smallest migrating bird. They don’t migrate in flocks like other species, and they typically travel alone for up to 500 miles at a time. 2. The name, hummingbird, comes from the humming noise their wings make as they beat so fast. 3. Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards. DSC09733
    • Hattaya
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      hattha
      DSC04498                   Since March 2020, I became interested and wanted to get to know the birds surrounding my house. I was inspired by a lover of Red-headed Woodpeckers, they came to make a nest on the tree in front of my house DSC00854 I saw them fly to feeder and birdbath that I prepare for them in my back yard. And flew back to the nest for a long time until July 5, 2020 so I had the opportunity to see them juvenlie.           DSC01862 I watched their juvenlie grow into adulthood. And expect him to leave me soon.
    • barbara
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      bford205
      I have spent a great deal of time this summer learning more about my backyard birds - this is one of my favorite pictures.  The look on the little one's face is just precious.  Having the American Goldfinch visit this year has been such a joy.  (in addition to the Blue Jay, Cardinal, House Finch, Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Chickadee and many more - including a red-tailed hawk, which made the others scatter!)  _DSC2361 (2)
    • Maria
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      Teresacmaz
      bird Hi, these are my favorite birds around home. They have really bright orange and yellow colors and they like to be around yellowish flowers that we have at home.
    • Alkistis
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      AKaratzis
      Hello! I am from NYC Brooklyn to be specific, and I just recently discovered birding. I have been going out almost every day and I was able to see and identify birds for the first time. In prospect park I saw a yellow warbler, a black-and- white warbler, lots of robins and european starlings. Today I also saw a hummingbird, a brown-thrasher and a green heron. I have also identified 3 different kinds of woodpeckers it just one area! Red- bellied, downy and northern flicker. I am looking forward to identify more birds as I get more knowledgeable.
    • Indira
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      IndiTheBirdiee
      IMG_4418IMG_4443IMG_4424 This is keanu he is a White-breasted nuthatch(Sitta Carolinensis) other wise known as a tree creeper. One day I was walking the dogs and a blue flash of feathers caught my eye, so I leashed my dogs to a tree and went over to investigate. What I found was a young bird struggling to set flight. So I picked him up, held him close, got the dogs and went home. The first thing I did was call my neighbor because she has looked after many small animals in need. She gave me a big box some birdseed and more things for the bird to survive. That night I took him out and let him explore my bed then, he fell asleep while I watched some YouTube videos. The next morning I took him out and he started climbing on me like I was a tree. After school my neighbor brought me to a sanctuary for all kinds of birds, but when we got there the a lady took him away without letting me say goodbye. Just today I found out that Nuthatches climb trees up and down and cant fall off trees easily. Every now and then I think of Keanu with a teary eye and think how his life must have been or still is today. This is my story on Keanu he didn't act normal like wild birds but he was special to me and will always hold a place in my heart. Thanks for listening to my story!  :)
      • Sue
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        Sue House
        Love your story.  I love white-breasted nuthatch!
    • Ken
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      Kennyklein
      Hi I'm a long time bird lover but in recent years find myself more and more interested in bird watching.  Mobile apps are mostly to blame and cornell has two that are fabulous.  I live in Southeastern Pennsylvania but spend a lot of the summer in OCNJ.  I love hawks, eagles and ospreys and consider myself fortunate to see them often.  When I was a child it was unheard of to see an Osprey locally or certainly a bald eagle.  In recent years I've seen bald eagles in my neighborhood in the Philly suburbs and Osprey are everywhere at the Jersey shore.  I would like to think conservation efforts take credit for that or maybe banning of DDT. My favorite bird over the years has been the Goldfinch.  We had a nesting pair at my first house that obliterated our sunflowers but it was worth it.  Last year the Carolina Chickadee may have replaced the goldfinch due to what I felt was an amazing experience.  I used a mobile app to identify one and then played the recorded song on the app.  Must have been a mating call because a male flew to the branch 3 or 4 feet from me.  He flew away and I called him right back with the soundbite.  We played at this for a few minutes until I finally released the little romeo. We have large oaks and poplars in our suburban yard and I'm privileged to see and hear woodpeckers, wren, pewee, grey catbird, cooper's hawk, redtail hawk, chickadee, sparrows and the occasional goldfinch or owl (mostly hear them).  I've even had a hummingbird in my back yard.
    • Erin
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      aani8dtoo
      Hello! Happy to join in with everybody here. I've had to relocate from my urban home in NYC to a much more rural area in NJ. I am amazed at how many birds I see and hear out here! Taking this course has certainly enriched my exploration of my new environment, in a sonic sense in particular (I find bird sounds very inspiring). From the Wall Of Birds I've chosen the Common Loon. Not native around these parts but their calls are one of my favorites- for me it's an ancient sound. They are clumsy on land but so powerful and graceful in their element, water. I find that relatable. I didn't know that they can also remain underwater for up to 15 minutes! As for the locals, I've been enjoying the Pileated Woodpecker very much. They are elusive, I usually catch a glimpse of them flying if anything but I hear their call and drum patterns often. I wish I had a photo to share. I've also been really into the Turkey Vulture. I see them everywhere and find them fascinating. Not the prettiest bird but I like that they are a bit eerie and they are not scared of anything! I came across a gathering one morning and was absolutely awed and intimidated! I wish I had been a bit braver for a better shot but below you can get an idea of the size of the group I tiptoed past.. IMG_9044IMG_9041
      • Melanie
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        Enid Melanie
        Wow, are those really vultures? They don't seem to fit into this idyllic environment at all. Astonishing!
    • aagney
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      SmEw1266
      IMG_20200903_165007 I'm Aagney from Karnataka, India. I've always loved birding both as a hobby and as a science. From the wall of birds i would pick the red whiskered bulbul( Pycnonotus jocosus ). In my neighborhood not a day goes by when I don't see this bird. I've closely watched it's rather clever antics and I always feel mesmerized by it. To this date I've seen about 53 species of birds in my neighborhood and about 9 of them visit my make-shift birdbath in my backyard. These include greattits, red whiskered and red vented bulbuls, white eyes, tailor birds, magpie robins and ashy prinias. IMG-20200731-WA0012
    • Paulo
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      paulo.silvestro
      Good morning! I'm glad to be here! Activity 1 - I really like the King Vulture, I saw it sometimes and it is a very beautiful bird. The vulture family attracts me a lot, as the indigenous people of my country say: life comes from death. But there is another bird that I love, the Long-billed Woodcreeper, I saw it once and was fascinated! Activity 2 - From my windonw, right now, I can see parrots, songbirds and vultures. Activity 3 - Almost every day a little bird comes to my windown, it is a songbird and I forgot his name. And every time he knocks on my windown and seems to say: "Hi guy! Forget this computer, let's go out now!". My little new friend... he doesn't know the corona virus.
    • Patricia
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      pajonas
      A "shout out" to the Atlantic Puffin.  The coloring of a penguin and the bill like a parrot.  Excellent swimmers and fast flyers. Perhaps not so coordinated when on land but it does not stay on land much except when it is time to breed.  The Atlantic Puffin numbers have been decreasing and it is currently listed as Vulnerable.  The inspiring "Project Puffin" story about bringing breeding colonies back to Maine reflects the dedication and persistence of individuals to help restore this unique bird to the US.
    • Mary
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      marianlibrarian4
      Lots to learn, but enjoying the time to learn it. I have feeders in my yard that seem to be "standing room only" most days. The second activity, finding three birds from three different groups sounded hard until I looked out there. I saw a hummingbird, a lesser finch and several doves. I never thought of them in these different groups. So interesting.
    • Tracy
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      tnl39587
      I used to go birding all the time, then kids and work, etc.  I actually worked on a Northern Spotted Owl survey many years ago.  Since this pandemic I've been trying to find ways to get outside.  Birding is the perfect excuse, so I'm kinda starting over again with my girlfriend and some other friends.  Found a great new place to hang out in Omaha (a beautifully preserved wetland).  Wood Ducks, Mallards, and a Great Blue Heron today.
    • Mark
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      markfeb14
      I think I saw a Western Screech Owl in my backyard at dusk. I flew near me and the sound of it's flight startled me a little. I live near the foothills south of Salt Lake City.
    • Deepak
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      merlinbird2020
      20200706_16193420200706_16195820200706_175203 These are picture of western reef Heron that I clicked during the process of saving this young bird. Yes. It was struck in the well as it could not fly. With help of my hands I helped it reach my home first and then its home, the lake near my house that you see in the above pictures. For the first time I noticed this bird and with the help of Merlin bird app i found its name. Thanks to the Merlin. I am fond of three other birds : two I spotted in my neighborhood and One online : Owl, Small sparrow( Neighborhood)  and Flamingo  (Online). For some reasons I find the face of the owl interesting and at times scary too.  I would like to explore more about it. I am sad that there was a bird called Ornimegalonyx and it is no more now. It is an owl too.  I wish to do my part to coexist with exiting birds. Sparrow are cute when they fly and they build their home in our house. I always observe them when I get chance.  Flamingo is a bird I was introduced through a documentary. But I went on to learn that journey to Indian locations such as Mumbai and Chennai. Amazing! their birth and migration stories are.
    • Jane
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      janetalarico
      On the Wall of Birds I chose the Montezuma Quail.  I enjoyed hearing their song.  I now know it belongs to the chicken like birds.  I had fun comparing the Montezuma quail to the obervations descibed in our lesson. It was hard to just pick one bird.  There are so many interesting birds to choose from.  Really enjoyed the first lesson.  I just purchased a new pair of binoculers and I am very happy with them.  They are 8x32 and are light weight.  I have observed turkey vulture in the raptor group, morning dove in the pigeons and doves group, and the northern cardinal in the songbird group.  These three birds I have know a long time but with my binoculars I am able to see so much detail.  I have been looking at the peaks, trying to understand size and shape, observing tail length,etc.  What fun. Hard to choose a favorite bird but I am very fond of hummingbirds.  I am an avid gardener and I am always happy when I see one hovering around my tube shaped red flowers.  I have seen the ruby throated hummingbird in my backyard.  I love being outside in nature and bird watching just adds a whole new way to see our wonderful environment.  Thanks¡
    • Tony
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      belltower20
      I have enjoyed bird watching for years. This covid spring and summer my two boys (ages 12 & 9), along with my wife have now really gotten into bird watching. We have been camping in Smoky Mountain National Park, visited multiple bird reserves, refuges and parks along with a trip to the NC coast to see some migratory birds as well. What a joy for me to see my family take to it. My oldest son is quite the researcher, now seemingly having memorized a couple field guides (he can tell me what page various birds are on and he is unbelievable in remembering details of size and marking etc.) My younger son is the artist, taking pictures and then drawing the birds...its also mesmerizing to me. Having studied under an ornithologist for a semester in the Rockies during my college days to now many years later having my family get into birding is a thrill for me. While at Smoky Mtn National Park we encountered a family of Pileated woodpeckers near the ranger station and we followed them around a bit enjoying the show. Just yesterday, at our home, we had a surprise visit from a couple Yellow billed Cuckoos....to date, since March, we have identified a little over 50 species in our yard (piedmont of NC, USA). To date, since March, we have identified almost 160 species from the mountains to the coast and all in between.
    • Elizabeth
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      epagelhogan
      I've been bird watching for awhile, and went on a nice long bird watch walk with other birds today. I'm pretty sure I saw a Great Crested Flycatcher, and another birder agrees. But a third birder thought maybe just a mockingbird. What would you mark down?
    • John
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      Jaenike
      Activity 3: My favorite neighborhood bird is a Cooper's Hawk that I see pretty often. I live in the city of Rochester and I think the bird feeders people put out help feed this hawk. One day this past winter when out walking my dog, I saw the hawk pursuing a House Sparrow. The sparrow attempted to escape by landing in  someone's front yard. Nope. That didn't work, as the hawk darted over, grabbed the sparrow, flew across the street to alight in a tree, and started to consume its breakfast.
      • Elizabeth
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        epagelhogan
        I love watching raptors hunt! I just had a Cooper's hawk hanging out in a smoke bush near my feeders yesterday. I think it was a hoping for a snack from the buffet...haha
      • Susan
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        arizonarocks

        @Elizabeth Hi Elizabeth. I love raptors too! I have multiple feeders and bird baths in my backyard and I am hoping it will attract raptors. My husband and I attended a raptor show and ended up building a Kestrel nest box and putting it up in a tree, but no one has used it. We are in a small town in northern AZ. Perhaps they prefer more remote areas! I did get to see a large hawk getting a drink at the bird bath, but it was only there for an instant, I couldn't ID it. Maybe I'll try the Merlin app that I installed, it is awesome! Susan

    • Gayle
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      flybyfinch
      I've really been enjoying the intro to bird watching class. All the information is so helpful. So far, I've been able to identify several birds that have been coming to my feeders for quite some time now. It's nice to be able to look out the window and see who's really there, not just see "birds" in general.
    • Dale
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      dedman
      <span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">I live in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin and I </span>get a lot of American Goldifinches on my feeder along with sparrows and house finches.  Occasionally we will see a cardinal and there are a pair of mourning doves that will eat the seeds the other birds spill on the ground. This white bird appears to be a sparrow of some sort but it is all white. Is it possible that it is an albino sparrow? 2FF7E8F9-7109-4140-BDE0-E409EEC839A26945C9FE-5B3A-44D3-B866-AD872E15B351
    • Susan
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      Coullah
      Hi all, Very much enjoying this little intro course to birds.  I've been relatively successful in IDing the species around me and have found the BIRDNet tool really helpful. The other day, I came across this feather (see image) by my bird feeder.  The 'owner' was not observed and haven't seen any other like it since.  Any ideas??  I live in the Hamilton region of Southern Ontario.  I'd love to hear your thoughts!  feather
      • Elizabeth
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        ecm017
        That's a tail feather from a yellow-shafted northern flicker (Colaptes auratus). Very cool!
    • Ian
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      Chirps: 1
      inifoussi
      I live in San Diego and there are a few Anna’s Hummingbirds, I believe, (thanks Merlin App) that come by my front porch every day to peep the flower scene. I typically only see one at a time, but for a short while in -maybe- late May or early June there were upwards of six at a time! It was at that point I really began to enjoy their movements, sounds (namely the ‘buzzing’ of their wings), and those colors! A flash of green in the sunshine is really magnificent and is almost always cause for a pause. I haven’t completely figured out how to stay with their movements while using binoculars, but I am eager to start catching them up close.
    • Cindy
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      cainsworth2271
      I live in the Great Basin High Desert area.  While it is best to get out and take a walk up in the hills, or along the river, my backyard serves as my bird watching area during these unpredictable times.  I'm trying to plant flowers that attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.  Birds are attracted to the protective trees.  While it is not a large yard, I can easily find birds from three groups, (question 2.).   Mourning Doves flew in to explore.  Two Hummingbirds came to explore the Silvia and Penstemon.  However, I think some large Carpenter Bees rob them of some of the nectar. Rounding out the list are the songbirds Robins and my fave Scrub Jays and their youngsters. They are here all year and provide much entertainment.
    • Karin
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      karinfein
      I explored the Wall of Birds and immediately found one of my backyard favorites, the northern cardinal. Over 45 years ago I noticed a flock of male cardinals around a crabapple tree in my backyard as I watched from my kitchen window. Next day I placed hung a bird feeder from a branch of that tree and filled it with sunflower seeds. The cardinals found it and became regular visitors. I saw as many as 40 at a time in the late afternoon. That event made me become a birdwatcher. Over the years I have known many cardinal couples who have come to my feeders. I have noticed that if the female is around there is usually a male guarding her and discouraging other males from approaching. Several years ago I witnessed a sad event in my yard. In the late afternoon a female cardinal hit a picture window (despite the reflectors that hang from the inside of that window). Sadly she was dead instantly. He partner came looking for her and stayed with her, chirping and hopping around her body until the there was almost no light left. My husband and I were so sad to see his distress. It may seem silly but next morning we buried her in one of our flower beds.
      • Rob
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        RMoore54
        Forty cardinals!  Where abouts do you live?  As a kid, it was a huge thing to see even one up here in Canada, but we were told that with a warming climate they were coming further north.  I love those birds too.  But they are still fairly rare here.
    • Felix
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      felix.bergel
      One of the birds I picked in the Wall of Birds was the Oilbird. Where I come from,Venezuela, they are called Guácharo and are an important part of our nature culture (there is even a Guácharo monument!)  The Guácharo Cave, considered the largest in Venezuela, is located in the Guácharo National Park. It was explored by Alexander von Humboldt in 1799. I am attaching a picture of the cave's entrance and of the monument. CaveMonument   I now live in Lima, Peru, another great place to watch birds, however this is my first ever experience in bird watching. I took a stroll in a park near where I live in Lima and saw three birds that I managed to identify (I think) with the help of the Melin App: a group of Saffron Finches, two Long-Tailed Mockingbird, and a Vermilion Flycatcher. The Vermilion Flycatcher and the Blue-grey Tanager are my favorite birds. Although, I haven't seen Blue-grey Tanagers lately.
    • Renee
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      nicnee_oh
      (1) Growing up in TN, my parents always fed the birds. Hands down I had to vote for the number one Cardinal as that bird is the first one I remember as a child and is still a number one beauty decades later. (2) A move to OH, and a home that backs up to a land trust area, we enjoy various groups of birds from songbirds, raptors, owls, woodpeckers, and doves...lots of doves. This year we were blessed with a barred owl family, Carolina wrens, a red tailed hawk family for the 4th year and most varieties of woodpeckers. (3) A bird that deserves a shout out is the Purple Martin. This is my 5th year as a PUMA colony landlord at our township garden. Who can’t love a bird that flies back and forth to South America each year to lay eggs, hatch their young and fly back? They are tough, personable, have a lovely chirp/chatter and don’t mind people hanging out with them. This year the colony has fledged 104 to send back to South America and some of them will return to our colony next year...we hope.
    • Olivia
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      NightwingMoonwatcher
      Paradise Tanager1 Paradise Tanager I find that the Paradise Tanager is my favorite, being colorful, beautiful, and, I LOVE TANAGERS!!! My second favorite is the Galapagos Penguin, beacause: 1: It's endangered 2: It's beautiful (like all birds are, if you look at them in the right way) 3: It is the only penguin that lives above AND near the Equater Galápagos Penguin1 Galapagos Penguin NightwingMoonwatcher
    • Christine
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      creeseheiler
      I spend the summers right near the beach of Lake Michigan. This summer I really appreciated gulls at the beach. Most people find them annoying and chase them away, but I began to watch them. They are entertaining in the way they watch the beach looking for spilled crackers or cookies. I noticed that they read people trying to get a sense of who might share a snack and who will chase them away. I also love great blue herons and ruby-throated hummingbirds. They are so different and by watching them feed, I really get to know them. There are the slow, strategic movements of the heron and the quick fluttering of the hummingbirds. Because I feed the hummingbirds on my deck, I feel like I have a special relationship with them. They often hover right in front of my face and I wonder if they are thanking me for the nectar or asking me to refill the feeder.
    • Edelweiss
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      Edelweiss0507
      Activity 1: I like the Osprey best because on the Wall of Birds it lives at the same place as I do, but also because there is a Osprey nest where I live and it it's so cool to watch the Ospreys fly around the nest and carry fish and other stuff to the young ones. Activity 2: On one of my walks through the park by my house, I saw Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals and Northern Mockingbirds, group: Songbirds. By a pond I saw Muscovy Ducks with a lot of ducklings and a Anhinga, grouped as Waterfowl. There was also a Great Blue Heron, some White Ibis, some Wood Storks and a Limpkin, group: Wading birds. Activity 3: It is really hard to pick a favorite, for there are about 10000 bird species in the whole world and I am supposed to narrow it down to one species?! I really like the Nanday Parrots with their loud calls and so cute relationships. Great Blue Herons are also really cool, as well as Red-Bellied Woodpeckers. But, if I have to pick a absolute favorite, it would be the Northern Mockingbird, because I always watch them in my yard, sometimes feeding young ones or fighting. And every time I come back to my house after a hike, two Northern Mockingbirds sit on the power lines, at the same spot every day. DSCN2492DSCN3167DSCN3520
    • BJORN
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      suzukiawd13
      DSCF0428DSCF0324 These are some of the birds in the neighborhoods, I have walked in. The Canada Goose, with one foot, was hopping and surviving. Foraging. Poor Thing.   And the SeaGulls are at the beach, drinking the water, and 'in a mingle.' I never knew they drank water like that, it looks interesting.
    • Jennifer
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      Chirps: 8
      Tanagerlover
      Activity 1. The Wall of Birds is gorgeous! I fell in love with the Lilac-Breasted Roller found in East Africa. Lilac is my favorite color so that had something do with my choice. What I also love is the male Roller during breeding season will do aerobatic dives and rolls. It brought to mind the numerous Blue Angel airshows I have attended in which the pilots with their planes were doing what the Rollers do. Activity 2. This year I monitored a pair of Red Shouldered Hawks from The Raptors group for a couple of biological scientists doing a survey. I followed the hawks from nest building to the eventual hatching and fledging of 2 baby hawks. It was amazing! There is a Wildlife Refuge near me and there I recently observed a Downey Woodpecker, hard at work and from the Waterfowl Group, a beautiful Cinnamon Teal Duck. Activity 3. My favorite bird is the Western Tanager. It migrates through my neighborhood. I first noticed them due to the loud chatter coming from the tree tops near me. I think quarantine and the quietness around me made me more aware this year. The males are absolutely gorgeous with a red head, yellow body and black wing bars. They stay mainly in tree tops and when they are around there is a flutter of  movement in the tree tops and flashes of yellow. I first thought that someone's pet bird escaped until I learned more about them. Such a beautiful bird!
    • Paul
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      ArdeaHerodias
      One day when I was walking in a field beside a creek, a place I could let my dogs off the leash when we were out for a walk, I saw, at close range, a great blue heron (ardea herodias) rise up suddenly out of the creek bed. I didn't immediately know what it was--I'd seen them only from a distance before. I actually had the feeling of my heart rising in my chest. Since that day 15-20 years ago I've felt connected to these wonderful wading birds. I've seen them on the seashore, as in St. George Island, FL (below). 15 Heron 4 This is a favorite photo of the great blue heron. I actually photographed several members of a group standing close to some people surf fishing. Herons are usually solitary fishers, but will take what human fishers by the water don't use. A close relative of this heron is the great egret (ardea alba), a beautiful white wading bird. I live within a 2-hour drive of a place called Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee, which is teeming with birds, from terns to bald eagles. Below, an egret. Egret_Reelfoot In recent decades, Reelfoot has become known for eagle-watching. A few bald eagles were wintering at the lake in the 60s and 70s. Now, there's an abundance of nesting pairs. Ospreys, too. Plenty of fish for both raptors and waders. I live near Memphis, on the edge of the urban area, in a neighborhood with a lot of mature native trees. Plenty of deer, and a lot of birds I hear in my back yard, where the trees are dense around an intermittent creek that drains the area. It's hard to see them this time of year. But cardinals are abundant and their plumage make them easy to spot. I've been surprised 3-4 times in the 15 years I've lived here by hearing the calls of barred/hoot owls outside. I've immediately gone to sit on the back porch and listen to the back-and-for calls of one nearby and one distant owl. In fact there's a lot of bird music right here, and one of my goals is to acquire a much greater ability to identify birds by their songs and calls. Jays, Red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks, sparrows, wrens, vireos, eastern bluebirds (often seen in pairs) are a few. There's a small lake in a park nearby where I ride around a half-mile track a few times in the course of a longer bicycle ride. I often see my beloved great blue herons, always solitary. And green herons make appearances there too, along with bluebirds. All of them are sources of delight to me.  There must be at least a hundred species I have no idea of, so I have the joy of learning some of them to look forward to.
      • Elizabeth
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        lizgol
        Those are some amazing and gorgeous pictures you posted! The herons and egrets are some of my favorites too.  It sounds like you must live not too far from where I am, in Florida.  We are blessed with an abundance of shore birds and water birds here.  Thank you for sharing your pictures.
    • Patricia
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      patofvta
      Activity 1.  I really enjoyed the Wall of Birds, but there are so many birds I decided to start with South America and just check out every bird. So far I especially like the marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird because of color, the special tail, I would love to see them present when mating.  I was impressed with the Three-Wattled Bellbird, never seen or heard of such a bird.  I enjoyed the Long-tailed Manakin and would like to see them doing there leapfrogging flight.  Activity 2.  I went to the beach and I saw Brown Pelicans, Heermann’s Gulls, Western Gulls, Great-tailed Grackles, Rock Doves, and Tree Swallows.  Activity 3.  I have too many favorites and it changes depending on my encounter with the bird or birds.  I have a fountain out in my front yard, and I often sit out trying to sketch the birds as they visit the fountain.  I have House and Chipping Sparrows, House Finches, and once in a while a pair of American Goldfinch as well some Anna’s Hummingbirds.
    • diamond
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      diamonddoom
      Activity 1: Nope. I cannot choose a favorite, I love every single one. I think I went through half and gave them all hearts. Activity 2: We spotted a group of house finches and loads of Anna's hummingbirds. There was also a bird that looked like a cross between the house finch and a parrot. It was pretty far away and hard to get the details on, but its coloring was a kind of brown with a touch of green and had it had a parrot-like head and beak. We're SO CURIOUS about these two guys. We also see red-tailed hawks hunting every so often, which is pretty neat. Activity 3: It's hard to pick a favorite, but the hummingbirds give us the best look because we can watch them feed and interact with each other. They're so aggressive, they even fight with each other and the hornets. Sometimes they even fly up to face us and seem to be threatening us to go back inside. They observe my small dog (without attacking). They following him and look down at him as he wanders around the yard. It's wild!
    • Yulia
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      Chirps: 8
      Koreshok
      Activity 1: Oilbird (lives in caves and uses echolocation), Red-Faced Mousebird (multiple females lay eggs in one nest), African Jacuna (females battle for nesting grounds, males incubate eggs and raise chicks), Wandering Albatross (spend most of their life in the sea, have salt glands). Activity 2: Songbirds (Shiny Cowbird/Mirlo Común) Raptors (American Kestrel/Cernícalo) Waterfowl (Cinnamon Teal/Pato Colorado) Activity 3: My favorite is a Croaking Ground Dove/Tortolita Quiguagua. My friends call it a frog-bird. Some of the funny croaking sounds it makes are Wow! Weird. It’s bigger than a sparrow, but smaller than a pigeon. It’s grayish-brownish in color with a bright yellow beak at its base. It freezes when feels threatened, which allowed me to touch them on many occasions. On the other hand, if you stand still, it will walk around you not even noticing your presence. IMG_2232
    • Kathy
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      Chirps: 21
      Great Kills Park
      I really came to appreciate the motto "keep common birds, common" , especially while under house quarantine. I fell in love with a pair of mourning doves that called our pine tree home... each morning the first thing that came to mind was not coffee, but how are the birds, what are they doing, did the one egg hatch...I really got to appreciate the ordinary birds in my yard/neighborhood, something I definitely took for granted. Though not a colorful bird, grayish/brown- it has a distinct long tail and a call that I found soothing. Parents shared nesting / feeding duties- I was really surprised that during high winds the flimsy nest withstood the stress... I can't thank you all enough, for all these inexpensive courses and sharing your expertise (I attended a fabulous lecture at the lab on crows by Kevin...).  I wrote poems about the birds I saw while home during those 4 months...and I never wrote poetry before...I have been drawing them also. I am now a more relaxed version, of me....Thank you!! mourning doves nesting in yard 2020
    • Kathy
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      Chirps: 21
      Great Kills Park
      Before seeing the Shoebill on the Wall of Birds, I saw a stuffed-shoebill at the Lab or Ornithology, I thought is was fake...such an interesting looking bill perfect for a carnivore...it depends on the papyrus swamps in Eastern Africa (do not migrate) and are considered a vulnerable species -with estimates of approximately 3,000- 5,300 adults left in the world. Numbers are declining due to habitat loss, clearing for pasture, and agricultural burning. In Uganda, some are hunted because they are considered a bad omen. The wingspan can be up to 8 feet in length-  once classified in the stork family, it looks prehistoric- check it out...  
    • BJORN
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      suzukiawd13
      THE PELICAN and THE WOOD DUCK, are my favorites.   THE PELICAN, because it has a mixture of strength and playfulness, in its' looks and style.   THE WOOD DUCK, because it is unique and cool looking. It has a 'one of a kind,' profile and assortment of colors.  
    • Mark
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      mork_the_birder
      I love the Stellar's Jay! They have nested in our yard for the last few years, and I've learned that they are much quieter when they are nesting (their squawk can be annoying). I love watching the hatchlings leave the nest and walk about the area while learning to fly. IMG_8223
      • Luke
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        Lukins
        I noticed this with the Blue Jays here in Pennsylvania. We have always had noisy, raucous groups of them until last year when a pair nested here. They were completely quiet all summer .
    • Marja-Leena
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      LeenaI
      I am following three birds we see around our home.  The Ring-necked Pheasant,  what I now know to be a Rufous Hummingbird and what appear to be a family of Song Sparrow living in a birdhouse.  I have yet to capture their pictures.
    • Claudia
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      cqtull
      1. I've visited Ithaca many times to see relatives. We always find our way to Sapsucker Woods and the Wall of Birds. My grandchildren were enthralled and they would love the interactive Wall on this site. I think the Asiatic Fairy Bluebird is lovely. Penguins are so amazing as are the walking birds such as emu. 2. I love red bellied woodpeckers with their red heads and noisy clucking around. I was trying to spot a mocking bird and discovered it was a brown thresher imitating a cardinal, twice. I loved to watch nuthatches at my previous resident. They fly so quickly and do Darth Vader imitations when being territorial. 3. Now my favorite neighborhood bird, though only as it passes through, are the swallowtail kites. They are such dramatically colored birds, white and black, and sail through the air using their swallowtails as rudders.
    • Marja-Leena
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      LeenaI
      I just spotted two Ring-necked Pheasants on our fence but was too late with the camera!  They were displaying and looked to be young males, from what I can tell, as the novice I am.   They seemed to be practicing displays?  Very excited to see them again and find out what they are up to.  Great course so far!
    • BJORN
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      Chirps: 37
      suzukiawd13
      ducks n' pipersHERON DUCK The three types of birds, are : Duck/Waterfowl. White Heron/Waterbird-Wading Bird. And the Shorebirds/Pipers. The pictures were taken today, 8/6/20. I have noticed some birds are very flighty, and some are not. The Heron flew away after the pictures, but the ducks did not. -b.k. All these birds connected to the water, but differently.
    • Mary
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      tortorello
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    • Luke
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      Chirps: 13
      Lukins
      Activity 1: I chose the Brown Creeper from the family of tree creepers. It’s shown in western North America on the wall but we have them here in Pennsylvania as well. I was surprised to learn how large the Brown Creepers range is and that it is a year-round resident here. I only first saw one last year and was able to get a photo. I think they are cool because they are masters of camouflage.AAE06447-FE65-413E-B9BF-E0E7B6E7C012
      • Luke
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        Lukins
        Activity 2:  For activity 2 I chose the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, the House Wren, and the Red-eyed Vireo. There are many hummingbirds here now for the flowers, and we have a Wren family in a nest box but the coolest thing I saw was two vireos feeding a chick that had left the nest. I had to compare bird calls to figure out what kind of vireos they were. Activity 3:  I chose the Song Sparrow. There is one I see almost every day. It perches close to me whenever I’m in the garden. I look forward to being able to identify more kinds of sparrows soon. This is another photo from last year.4BE14BE2-AAF1-4656-869C-CE650FBBB421
    • Sarah
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      sspeidel
      Activity 1....Our favorites were the Carolina wren (because we have them in our backyard) and we also choose the common loon (for its bizarre and haunting song, also because the description read like a strange romance novel)....   Activity 2...So we have White breasted Nuthatches which I believe fall into the songbird group in the tree creeper category. We have red-tailed hawks which are in the raptor group. We have downy, hairy and red chested wood peckers which fall into the wood pecker group.   Activity 3...My favorite bird is the blue jay, although after recent hawk attacks they have kept a distance. My fathers favorite bird right now is the gray catbird, because of its memorable personality.  
    • Lydia
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      Chirps: 7
      lpultorak33
      Activity 1: My favorite bird from the Wall of Birds was the Shoebill. I just think they are so fascinating. Their beaks are huge and they have a hook at the end of them. Activity 2: The Eastern Phoebe is a flycatcher. I love watching them sit on a branch, fly out to catch a but, and fly back to their original location! The Great Egret is a wading bird. I saw one the other day as it was trying to catch a fish. It was so close. The Red-shouldered Hawk is a raptor. I think I have been seeing and hearing this type of bird. It has a loud call that sounds like PEW-PEW-PEW! Activity 3: Some of my favorite birds in my neighborhood are ones that I see in my backyard. I really like the Gray Catbird, Goldfinch, and Ruby-throated Hummingbird. The Catbird is medium sized and gray with a long tail and black beak. There is one that comes to my house often that is missing its tail! The Goldfinch is a bright yellow bird with black wings. The females are more of an olive green. Lately, there have been Hummingbirds showing up to my Hummingbird feeder. The only ones I have seen are girls because they do not have red on their throat. They have white bellies, green back, and long, black beak.
    • Courtney
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      cwreckord
      My current favorite birds would be the Barred Owl and the Loon. The Barred Owl because they are so neat! We saw a pair when walking in the woods the other night. They were just amazing and certainly scoping us out to see if we would make good food! The Loon is another one I love because of the call. It is so haunting and lonesome sounding. I have only seen Loons in secluded lakes and so that might be why I think that. As for three birds from three different groups, I am having the most trouble with the water birds so I will choose from those groups to help myself learn the distinctions between the three. 1. Cormorant.  I think that would fit into the Seabird Group. I see them sometimes holding their wings out to dry them. 2. Wilson's Snipe. Shore bird. I have heard their call and it is really unique. 3. Great Blue Heron. Wading bird group. They are so elegant.
    • Beth
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      BPzniBirding
      Activity 3: It is impossible for me to choose a favorite. But the bird I will select for this purpose is the catbird. The reason is because it is like my little buddy — 9 times out of 10, the first bird to show up in the morning and the last to leave in the evening. It is not shy, and likes to be seen *and* heard. Sometimes there are two together and they act like squabbling siblings or spouses, vying for the same spot on the suet feeder and chasing each other around. Cheeky catbird! AA0E028A-5E64-4FB4-BDF0-61548F6143B7
    • elizabeth
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      ebailey22
      My first bird learning experience. I was watching and listening for birds when I walked this morning. Only one bird was close enough to see. I realized that I need to school myself to look at beaks, tails, and shapes an not rely on color. I think the bird I saw was a robin, but it didn’t look like robins I have seen from my apartment. Hope my observation skills improve.
    • Beth
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      BPzniBirding
      My selections from three groups are: 3) Hummingbird (hummingbirds) - I did not know we had hummingbirds in my neighborhood and I was stunned one more to have one come through our garden to nosh on the hosta blossoms. I was unprepared and did not get a good photo. A few days later, it came through again and I was ready on the second pass. I hav been a birder since May 21 (2020) and this is my favorite photo that I’ve taken so far! 20726A29-FCFF-483F-9363-F65DB80147DD
    • Beth
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      BPzniBirding
      My selections from three groups are: 2) Downy woodpecker (woodpeckers) - I have only seen the female but I would love to see the male with his bright red patch. She feeds at our regular feeder regularly and I have also seen her in a tree. Her black and white coloring is quite dramatic. She has only been to the suet feeder a few times that I’ve seen but that’s where I was able to catch a picture of her. Still working on getting a better photo, but she comes and goes pretty quickly!A35470DA-FEEA-49EC-98D4-060BABF35AA0
    • Beth
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      BPzniBirding
      My selections from three groups are: 1) House wren (songbirds) - we had a male house wren build a nest in our birdhouse but it was not selected by the female to be used. (I am new to birding as of May 21 when we moved to our new bird-blessed home and I learned that the male builds about 3 dummy half nests, then the female selects the one she wants to use and finishes the nest herself. Here is the male working on the nest. E41D8A52-412F-41C3-966C-1A28750867CA
    • Beth
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      BPzniBirding
      I voted for the northern cardinal on the Wall of Birds. There is something so dramatic about the cardinal’s vibrant solid red color — simple and bold — that I just love. I call the one who visits our yard regularly Mr. C (often accompanied by Mrs. C). There is a regal air to the cardinal and when he perches up high, as in this photo of him at the top of our tallest fir tree, he looks like the king of all he surveys. Yet close up, when he forages underneath the feeder, there is something just a bit comical in the way he moves his head and appears 78533F94-B6FE-4CE7-8E69-A22B9DE176ECto be perpetually puzzled. That combination of qualities, along with his stunning coloring, endears him to me, and that’s why he gets my vote.
    • Sue
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      Sooz0705
      BluebirdsHere are two of my favorite backyard visitors. The handsome hawk stopped by last year for about 30 minutes and gave me a great opportunity for pictures.  And I love the picture of daddy bluebird feeding the babies. Looking forward to learning more about the birds that visit my yard and that I see on my trips.
    • Amy
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      lazyauthor
      I'm super new at this, and live in Northern Colorado (NoCo, to us locals). ;-) I spotted two downy woodpeckers on my daughter's playhouse this morning -- one male, one female. Of course they'd flown away by the time I grabbed my camera! While walking my dog, we startled two hawks out of a yard. Both were the same size. Both had been on the ground, which made me think maybe they were eating something? We have tons of red-tailed hawks around here, but I don't generally see them on the ground. I didn't spot the red tail as these two flew away, but both seemed to have striped patterns on the under-side of their wings, so I wonder if they were juveniles? Or maybe a different kind of hawk? Wish I knew. Went back with my camera but again, they were gone by the time I returned. (Of course!) Pretty sure I heard an owl this morning, but couldn't spot it. We've had this big guy in the neighbor's tree a few times, so not sure if he's the culprit. Not sure which bird would be my favorite. I love the hawks because they're everywhere and I love seeing them hanging out on the lightpoles. But I love the owls because they're NOT everywhere (or at least, not visible!). And I love the chickadee's little song.   27542288_Unknown
    • Yao
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      Yao ChaCha Foli
      Activity oneyellow-billed-oxpecker Lesson one was my first introductory education in the world of birds. I am astonished by the unique characteristic of birds. My interest in knowing and understanding birds has increased after this lesson. It is difficult to pick a favorite bird knowing, similarities are not the same. Every bird is unique individually. My favorite on the wall of birds is the Yellow-billed Oxpecker. Oxpeckers play a vital role in controlling the tick population on large animals and tick-related diseases. Oxpeckers also serve as an alert trigger to huge mammals been the first to sight or hear a predator and will make a loud sound.
    • Mia
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      maicoats
      For Activity 2: This morning I saw 2 Anna's Hummingbirds (hummingbird group) in my backyard. Right now I can hear American Crows (songbird group) in the front yard. I want to know what they are saying. And yesterday my friend and I rode our bikes to a wetland to see the Great Egrets (wading birds group). They were so beautiful.
    • Melissa
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      melismarie
      My experience today, related to the lesson, is the usual chorus of crows in the morning, a circling red tail hawk way above (a youngster maybe?) and humming birds buzzing my head as I made a few drip system repairs. My favorite neighborhood bird, though saw none today, is the California quail. So pretty, comfortably chubby, and always in family groups at this time of year.
    • Peggy
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      peggysteffens
      I had heard of the bird the Elegant Trogan and on a recent visit to Madera Canyon I knew I had a good chance to see one. On my first morning, a wonderful woman named Liz offered to show me where she had seen one earlier in the morning and we strolled off with our masks and 6 foot distancing down to the picnic area. She pointed up in a tree and I was excited to get my first view, but my pictures really didn’t show much but a brown blog. That same afternoon one flew outside my cabin window and I got a pretty good picture and was very excited. But the next morning, I got up early to go down to the picnic area because it was Monday and I figured no one would be at the picnic area. When I arrived, there was a lovely family of five enjoying the morning,  but even with their laughter and joy I could hear the trogan call that sounds like a barking dog. And I found it and again got a pretty good picture, but my waiting paid off as once the family left on their hike and it was quiet, I got to watch him eat a worm on the ground.  This was so exciting that I was like a little kid on Christmas morning as I had not only gotten to see an Elegant Trogan but got to observe him in nature eating breakfast.  The early bird gets the worm and got me  hooked me into becoming a birder.IMG_0450
    • Diane
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      Dstenzel
      Activity #1:  After reading the book, "The Wall of Birds", my husband and sister travelled to Ithaca for an overnight stay just to see this spectacular painting.  It was just as incredible as I imagined after reading the book.  A great memory! Activity #2:  Find birds from three different groups:  During these crazy days, after working remotely all day, I enjoy sitting out on the porch to read or just watch the birds in my yard.  There are sparrows, cardinals and mourning doves, but I most enjoyed the catbird that would come and sit on the bush near the porch.  I think that catbird falls into the 'Songbird' group (but not absolutely certain).  On one of my morning walks, I was startled by a large raptor that flew across my path (I probably startled him)...I think it was a red-tailed hawk.  On another morning, heading out the front door, there was a wild turkey in my front yard.  Very cool! Activity #3:  Pick a favorite bird that you see in your neighborhood:  On my morning walks, I encounter a lot of Robins...and I found it interesting that they do not seem to 'like' to fly, but instead, seem to prefer to walk, even run when I would get too close.  While this is a common bird, I find them interesting and funny.
    • Liz
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      LizLanMcIntyre
      While studying this course, I was sitting outside in my backyard in Mississippi. I saw at least 15 different species of birds just in the last hour or two. I would say my favorite from today was the Yellow Shafted Northern Flicker. I saw two doing some kind of dance in the trees, and it was just fascinating! I don't have a good camera yet to take pictures, but it's next on my list of birding buys.
      • Mia
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        maicoats
        I grew up in S. Mississippi! I live in Oregon now. When I visit my mom in Mississippi I always enjoy the variety of birds at her feeder, especially the Northern Cardinals and the Blue Jays. Sounds like you have a great backyard for birdwatching. Enjoy it!
    • Arlene
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      Queen of Cups
      Activity 1: While there were many contenders for my favorite bird from the Wall, I chose the resplendent quetzal because of the beautiful verdant color of its feathers, the streaming tail of this species's males, and this bird’s prominence in Mesoamerican iconography. The last time I traveled to Costa Rica, I visited Los Quetzales National Park and was incredibly happy to see several of these birds as they feasted on wild avocados found in the cloud forest. D73A250F-DA7B-4FDC-ACC5-C43DFC1DD8031E4C9D5E-92A6-4188-A9A4-116619131209 Activity 2: For my first bird, I selected the Greater Bird of Paradise in the Paradisaeidae family. Birds from this region of the world are wondrous and strange, and this one in particular is multi-hued and spectacular! I would love to travel to that part of the world to see them in person. Second, I will mention the roseate spoonbill, a wading bird that is in the Threskiornithidae family. With their lovely pink coloring and uniquely shaped bills, they are quite a sight to behold. Thirdly, while they are quite common and many others have mentioned them, I enjoy watching the antics of ruby-throated hummingbirds as they hover at my feeder and then zoom away. Hummingbird is the common word used to refer to birds in the Trochilidae family. E53AA65F-66EB-4E4F-83E1-188885212D7C   Activity 3: For this activity, I am choosing the gray catbird. Its unique cry, akin to that of a cat, is likely how it derives its name. They are small gray birds with a black mohawk that I often see on the ground or in the shrubs around my house. I knew they were Passeriformes, but I had to look up their family, the Mimidae, which also includes thrashers and mockingbirds. I enjoy watching them move about in my gardens.
    • Rylan
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      Super bird
      that is a copper-smith Barbet i have only seen him a couple times i named him smithy!!!
    • Rylan
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      Super bird
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    • Elaine
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      earmstrong8
      I do a lot of photography, and most of it seems to be out in nature, and of birds! I started this course in part so that I could properly identify some of the beautiful birds I see in our back yard and also at our summer cabin. The cabin is on a lake, so that means lots of shore birds.  Great Blue Herons are always my favourite, and our lake has many, but this year I started seeing another, smaller, heron-shaped bird. Using an online identification app I was able to pin it as a Green Heron--something I had never seen before. A few days later, we had a visitor on our dock, and it turned out to be a juvenile Green Heron. Very exciting!Great Blue HeronJuvenile Green Heron
    • Mark
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      markraby
      Activity 1: Macaws as #1, with toucans coming in as a close second. Activity 2: Seabirds - wilson storm petrel - I would have thought the seagull would have been the most common seabird. Arctic - the rock ptarmigan -I didn’t realize it was the only species that all populations inhabit the tundra. Songbirds - American crow - spoiler alert to section 2 - I didn’t know they fly different than the raven. Activity 3: my favourite bird in my neighbourhood is the Bohemian waxwing. I believe I saw a flock of these birds eating berries on my way home from school as a kid, but they may have been cedar waxwings. They seemed to look more like bohemians, but if they were bohemians they would have been visitors to this area of eastern Ontario. 286F1CE7-56FE-48EF-8267-5CB632BA4816
    • Lori
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      lb_birdnerd
      owls one looking down 2 I have spent an enjoyable afternoon starting my bird academy course.  I now have the first assignment to complete.  As I perused the Wall of Birds my favourite was obvious.  I enjoyed a poem as a child about a puffin.  It was a favourite for me then and still is now.  On to activity two. I am in my backyard barbecuing dinner, does the chicken I am cooking count towards a bird sighting??  I must say that we are blessed with the variety of birds that visit our backyard...usually. Currently just a ruby throated hummingbird is at the feeder.  It is chirping what I believe to be a thank you.  Today being Thursday is the day I clean and refill the sugary elixir they love.  The only other birds are the grackles.  I find it funny that one seems to like the niger seeds more than the sunflower seeds.  I must admit, I used to loath the grackles coming to my feeders because they would clear them out quickly.  However, I spent some time watching them last week and found them quite attentive to their young.  Also, I was fascinated at how they would puff up before making their squawk. They looked like a warlord or gangster from a 1940's movie.  I can hear bluejays but they have not shown up at the feeder.  Do they know something I don't?  Is the rain finally coming??  A mourning dove has arrived with a welcomed cool wind. We recently purchased a wooded lot where we plan to build our next home.  That's what led me to taking this course.  It is only an hour north of where we live, but with so many birds I have never seen in person.  We identified an American woodcock in early March.  There was a pair of ducks (type unsure)mafia king we saw twice take off from the woods.  My current favourite (activity 3) is a pair of Barred owls, residents on the property.
    • Deb
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      AZGal01
      I had to post one more of my favorites! We have a cactus that is home every year to a family of great horned owls. I never knew that they are such fans of cactus as nests. It is a real treat to watch the process unfold every spring. What a hoot! E5C57BC2-30B6-48AE-9914-F38154694315
      • Sue
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        Sue House
        TOO CUTE!  What a HOOT!
    • Deb
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      AZGal01
      • I have always been a big fan of the Roadrunner. We caught this guy eating bugs off the grills of all the cars parked at Joshua Tree State park. While we have many here in AZ this is the best photo I have ever taken. He walked right up to us. I never knew that they drop their body temps at night and expose their dark back feathers to the morning sun to warm back up. 56F96308-21B9-4B1C-9084-009ACE5C1E6D
    • Ashley
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      ashley25
      Activity 1: So many interesting birds to read about, a few I looked into are Whiskered Treeswift and Western Yellow Wagtail. Activity 2: Three birds that I commonly find in my neighbourhood are Mourning Doves (Doves and Pigeon group), American Goldfinch (songbird group) and Downy woodpecker (woodpecker group). Activity 3: I picked the Northern Cardinal. I love its vibrant red colour especially when winter rolls around. 1DD57330-3396-4AE4-B76F-43CD065722E8
    • wendy
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      wsummers76
      Activity 1 - I picked familiar birds — loon for it’s elusive eerie call, great blue heron for it’s long legged look and sometimes startling call and osprey for its diving fishing prowess. activity 2- purple Martin Songbird, mallard swimming bird, osprey raptor activity 3 — hummingbird. Even though very aggressive their small size and fabulous beating wings are charmers. I added a rainbow pic from same spot I saw hummingbird. IMG_3021IMG_3028
    • Bill
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      wdlovern
      activity 1.  The wall of birds is a great place to explore and learn.
    • THE BIRD SISTERS
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      baldeagle85
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    • THE BIRD SISTERS
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      baldeagle85
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    • Kelly
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      kellymichelle80
      Activity 1 My favourite birds from the bird wall are the Montezuma Quail and the Splendid Fairy Wren. I have always loved California Quail, which we have locally (coastal BC) but I think the Montezuma Quail is so beautiful and adorable too. I’d love to see one in person. The males have rounded bodies, rounded heads and patterned feathers. The females are also round bodied but they’re brown with a ghosted pattern of what the male has. I would also love to see a Splendid Fairy Wren in person (they are native to Australia, specifically SW or inland) — I find it so interesting that the males are nearly entirely blue when breeding then are partially blue the remainder of the time. The females are brown. They’re very tiny and cute with beautiful clear calls. I follow the hashtag #birdsofaustralia on Instagram and am learning Australian birds that way. Activity 2 Three different birds that I learned about: the Arctic Tern, the critically endangered Kakapo, and the Barn Owl. The Arctic Tern amazes me that it can travel our entire earth from its Arctic breeding grounds all the way to Antarctica. It is also a striking bird, all white with the distinctive Tern black crown and orange beak. The endangered Kakapo is a very special flightless bird that resembles something from a children’s book, with its expressive eyes, round body weighing up to 4kg (making it the heaviest parrot), and bright green feathers. The Kakapo can’t fly but it does climb and it can also glide using its wings. I hope its numbers can be reestablished as it is less than 300 in the entire world. The Barn Owl is closer to home, and I have seen many myself; however, I learned that this round headed, “heart” faced white coloured bird with brown wings can hunt in pitch black darkness and locate prey via sound. I found that really fascinating. Onto activity 3... one local favourite of mine is the Downy Woodpecker. WeD9D932B7-4401-4509-BB75-968833BF5F79visit them at the local marsh during the warmer weather, then when it’s cold they stop by for suet in the winter. Weve had Robins build nests in our holly at least twice now (I think three times, but have only seen two sets of chicks personally). Here’s the chicks from this year. 749EECEE-5AB4-4AA0-8478-815138D525C5
      • THE BIRD SISTERS
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        baldeagle85
        • So cool. Robins nest in our trees every spring!🦩🦉🦢🦆🦅🕊🐦
    • Kenton
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      Kmakings133
      Mourning Dove
    • Janet
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      Jantsal
      Blue jay at ShaverIMG_0804 hawk   IMG_2108 Hawk in tree The top picture is at Shaver Lake, CA. I believe it is a Steller Jay. And the next two pictures are in my backyard and front yard in Fresno, CA. I believe it is a Red tailed Hawk, as they are fairly common in our area. My favorite bird on The Wall was The Superb Lyrebird. I was first attracted to its beautiful long tail, but when I read of its musical prowess, it became my favorite. My daughter runs a music school at my home, and I am definitely a lover of music!
    • Juli
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      Juli1321
      One of my favorite birds that I voted for on the Wall of Birds is the Montezuma oropendola. I was lucky enough to see a male displaying when I took a trip to Belize. He was so comical that I fell in love with this bird. I really enjoy hearing their unique calls as well.  Looking at the picture on the wall made me remember and smile. :) One of my favorite birds is the Eastern Bluebird. I remember seeing them and reading about them in Ranger Rick magazine when I was a little girl. The magazine was discussing the bluebird trails and how the birds were declining because of loss of habitat and nesting locations. I was intrigued and dreamed of seeing one. I did not see my first Eastern Bluebird until I was 18 years old. It was on a fence next to a pasture with horses on the outskirts of town. When I was shopping for my first house (the one I live in now and have lived in for 24 years) I thought the house was okay but when an Eastern Bluebird landed on the powerline in the front yard I knew this was the house for me. I have a bluebird house and have had many batches of babies over the years. I have seen their population increase pretty dramatically in my area and I still love seeing them every day! Here is a picture of the male from the pair that nest in my bluebird house. They do come to the feeders and eat nuts, as well as mealworms. hawk 012 One group of birds that I really enjoy is raptors. I am very lucky to have quite a few that I can see if I just watch the skies in my backyard. Today I saw several Mississippi Kites, Red-tailed Hawks,  Red-shouldered Hawks, and Turkey Vultures. Hummingbirds are another group of birds I really love! I currently have many Ruby-throated Hummingbirds coming to my feeders and my flowers throughout the day. Woodpeckers are the third group that I will discuss today. I have always found woodpeckers very interesting. I have Pileated Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and Downy Woodpeckers in my yard on a regular basis right now. The Pileated Woodpeckers never come to the feeders but the other two come regularly. I really enjoy seeing them. I feel like they have a lot of personality.
      • Kelly
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        kellymichelle80
        Beautiful bluebird
    • JackBird21
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      TBMachine
      980A0404_snipand For Activity 2 in this Chapter, I live near the Northeast Coastline and here we have so many wonderful birds to observe and admire.  As it is July, we have a big population of Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Snowy Egrets right now !  I have enjoyed the Snowy Egrets the best of this group !  I think this more compact sized heron, with its bright yellow feet and their faster paced wing beat attract my attention more than the other herons.  I am working on my photographic skills and these bigger, sometime slower, graceful birds will stay still longer and allow better study and images through the lens ! It is fun to watch how carefully all of the herons stalk and then "strike" with their extended neck and sharp bills to spear their prey !  It is fun trying to guess exactly when they will strike by observing their foraging routines !
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      TBMachine
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    • JackBird21
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      TBMachine
      I loved "The Wall of Birds" and as I clicked on several different species I learned some neat things about them.  The American Oyster Catcher doesn't migrate too far; it finds oysters and other food and can pry them open or smash them open on rocks !  That's pretty cool ! Because of its colorful looks, the Artic Puffin has always been a bird that I have found interesting.  However, it was fun to learn that while it does fly or walk very well, it is a fantastic underwater swimmer and this enables it catch it's food ! Neat !
    • Birda4Nature
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      BirdaHN
      For Activity 2 in this Chapter. Found lots of birds, but am not the best at taking photos. This will be something to work on. I believe these are Coopers Hawks. They are only here (Southern California) during the summer months, and drive our local Red Tailed Hawks crazy. Coopers Hawks - 2 I think this was a Turkey Vulture, first time seeing one of these up close. Got several videos, was circling looking for lunch. Turkey Vulture 2   We see lots of these small sized Lesser Goldfinch every day, usually in groups of 4 to 10,  for 'pool parties'. Lesser Goldfinch - in flight
    • Terry
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      terrypun
      DSC_0018IMG_2846 2 The first time I used the Merlin bird ID app, I used this photo which I took last week in Southern New Jersey.  I had believed, originally, that it was a Tree Swallow, but the app directed me to the Eastern Kingbird.  Accurate knowledge is a better bless.
    • Diana
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      DianaAnderson18
      I am Diana from Colorado.  For activity 3 my favorite birds are from the Finch family.  We had a house finch have two broods this summer in the nests she built in the wreath by our front door.  The first one held 5 eggs and the second 4 eggs.  She would lay one egg a day.  She laid the first egg on May 1 and by about June 3 all of the babies had left the nest.  Then within two weeks she started again.  Those babies just left the nest last week so I am waiting to see if she will build another nest.  I read that they can have up to 3 broods a year.  IMG_8697IMG_8688
    • Cynthia
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      Cehorse
      716E271D-0029-45E0-8A42-72FBEA0E21B3 Hello, my name is Cindy from Central Florida. I am enjoying the course and learning from all of you! Activity 3: Above is my favorite bird the Roseate Spoonbill. I rarely see this beautiful bird wading in my Florida backyard, but after a recent lake draw down they have been making an appearance. The Spoonbill moves it's head back and forth with it's beak surveying the bottom of the shallow lake. Activity 2: This evening I spotted a majestic Great Blue Heron fishing on the lake shore. Two gray common Sandhill Cranes walked across the backyard eating snails that washed up from the shore. The third bird was a beautiful red northern cardinal swooping down from fence to fence finding seeds on the ground.
    • Aiden
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      afwinsor
      For Activity 1, my three favorite families are:
      • Barn Owls (Tytonidae)
      • Owls (Strigidae)
      • Waxwings (Bombycillidae)
      I have never actually seen any birds in the barn owl or waxwing families, but would love to someday. For Activity 2, three species that I have seen recently and their groups are:
      • Killdeer - shorebirds
      • Song sparrow - songbirds; sparrows
      • Some sort of unidentified warbler - warblers
      For Activity 3, a favorite bird in my area is the song sparrow. They are a mostly brown and grey bird grey plumage on its head. While one might argue that this coloration is boring, I find it grounding and earthy. I also like that these birds are reasonably easy to approach and get relatively close to.
    • John
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      johnjr42
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    • vanessa
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      paperclipp
      Activity 3: In my neighbourhood, Toronto, Canada, so far my favourite bird is the Gray Catbird. They really don’t mind hanging around for me to get my act together for a picture haha I also find them very pretty, I love the soft gray  Also, I’ve learned their song somewhat mimics other birds in the area, I’ve been tricked a few times. 76B8D827-C8C7-479C-AF55-ED78BA5A8D17
    • Jamies
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      Jamies007
      For the first activity, I like the calls of New World Warbler and Olive Warbler. Their calls are very clear and just like someone playing short and sweet ringtones on my phone. I have not seen these birds before. The closest one I have spotted was the Yellow Warbler call at a path/trail near the bushes at Fort Edmonton Park. For the second activity, swimming birds include Ruddy Duck, Mallard, and American Coot. They are all found in the lake by St. Albert Lois Hole Centennial Park. I love the American Coot the most as it has colourful feet, red eyes and black body. Ruddy Duck has light blue beak. Songbirds include sparrows, warblers and red -wing blackbird. I am most amazed about the size of a sparrow as it has all the required organs to survive. Seabirds include ring-billed gulls and Franklin gulls. For the third activity, I do not have the images of birds in my computer yet. My favourite bird would be the Redhead. I saw the duck in one instance at the lake by William Hawralek Park, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I live close to that park. The dominant bird was Canada Goose. In terms of Redhead, red is one of my favourite colour. Its head, beak and body look beautiful. I did not mention its fish hunting ability. When ducks hear noise or see people, they dodged their heads right into the water and said goodbye.
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        Jamies007
        *Sorry dodge and say
      • Jamies
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        Jamies007

        @Jamies Ah! Forgot to do spellcheck. Hawrelak, dodge and say. :). Admin please remove 7/19/20 5:51 pm post thanks!

    • Thomas
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      tnovotny
      We live in Point Loma, San Diego and have a wooded area around our house.  We have a family of cooper's hawks in back of our yard, swooping and screeching throughout the day.  Two are adults and the other two are fluffier looking, probably juveniles, and they seem to be involved in training?  Is that how it works? Will these guys stick around?  We have hummingbird feeders, and have many Anna's and a rufous visiting, plus this yellow warbler who likes to sample the nectar we provide.  Finally, we had a very cute, industrious hummer build a beautiful next in our lime tree, only to disappear one day without laying any eggs.  We were very disappointed not have chicks to see!IMG_6089IMG_6085Screenshot 2020-07-17 at 4.52.45 PM
    • Melissa
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      MelRoa
      I live in San Diego, but was recently on Oregon coaststellar jay. I love how this class has taught me to pay more attention to my surroundings while in nature. My daughter pointed to this bird, which I learned is a Stellar's Jay, I believe. I'm really new to bird watching, but in my backyard and neighborhood I think I've seen House Finches, Western Kingbirds, Mourning Doves, and Red-Tailed Hawks.
    • May
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      Chirps: 12
      May-A-A
      Hello, My name is May. I joined the course in July 2020. It looks very interesting. I don't have any experience in the world of Birds. The only thing I have is my passion for these lovely creatures. There are many birds that I like.  Yet, my favorite bird is the Hummingbird. I like Hummingbirds because of the lovely colors and swift movement while trying to take a drop or two from flowers or a sip of water from the bird feeder. As for the wall of Birds, I like the drawing of the Bermuda Petrel. Amazing creature that has nice wings. I included some drawings about the Bermuda Petrel . I'm not a bird watcher, but I managed to capture the photo that I'm sharing of a bird I spotted from my window. Its not clear though. The bird has dark color. Lovely sound. May be towards the end of this course I will learn more about birds and be able start journaling about them. The images below are my first attempt.   1     23
      • Ashley
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        Chirps: 3
        ashley25
        Really great drawings May!!
    • carol
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      banderbirder
      8A5570E1-7B05-46DA-8C34-CD350D94B9CFThis baby bird ran up to greet me a couple months ago. Every time i look at that face, those fuzzy head feathers, it makes my heart sing.7499459C-9AD5-45BC-A429-F3B899EB2BAE The iridescence of this European Starling knocks me out.
      • Ellington
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        Chirps: 1
        Ellington
        I might be wrong but I believe the bottom picture is actually a common grackle, not a starling.
    • Ryan
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      Chirps: 2
      rcantor
      I like this Steller's Jay that visits my back porch. DSC_0093
    • Kara
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      Chirps: 2
      kshurmantine
      willetIn my Nantucket neighborhood, there is a salt marsh where dozens of willets live. I love shorebirds and waders, and I especially love the willet, with its protective spirit and its beautiful white wings in flight.
    • Adrienne
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      Chirps: 1
      a1pagel
      For activity #2, the three bird groups I’ve seen in my Phoenix backyard are Woodpecker-Gilded Flicker, Parrot-Lovebird and Chicken-like-Gamble Quail! Beautiful!
    • Benjamin Ferraro
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      EFerraro
      I love all birds in the flycatcher family. They are all so acrobatic and graceful. I live in central Illinois and am thirteen years old. During spring migration this year, I spotted a vermilion flycatcher in my back yard. I was writing an essay on songbird behavior so I didn't have my camera with me. Here is one of my favorites that I photographed. This is an eastern-wood pewee. I actually managed to locate its nest and get a close look at the babies. I sat motionless, camouflaged for about thirty minutes until a female flew up. I got this picture a few days later. I am a pretty advanced birdwatcher. But since I'm self taught, I never learned some of the basic stuff. This course is very helpful to me. I am enjoying it a lot.IMG_7989
    • Vincent
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      Chirps: 1
      vinchenzo54
      I have enjoyed watching and listening to the barn swallows in my neighborhood. They swoop through trees and above houses, only offering a momentary glimpse of their beauty.   Barn Swallow
    • E halg.
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      Chirps: 3
      elvispreslydent
      NorthernCardinal-AlixdEntremont-480x360https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.allaboutbirds.org%2Fguide%2FNorthern_Cardinal%2Foverview&psig=AOvVaw0FX6xa10VMs8C7HSInJRCX&ust=1594919367761000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMC7hOjfz-oCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD
    • Denise
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      Chirps: 1
      denisefb
      IMG_2242I am guessing this little fellow is a house sparrow. He is not a favorite but I do admire the tenacity. I live on the western. slope of Colorado and miss cardinals. Our neighborhood has mourning doves, finches, hummingbirds, golden eagles, and surprisingly, killdeer.
    • Jim
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      Chirps: 3
      jtonkinson
      Here is a Beautiful Northern Cardinal. He was really in a Posing mood this day,   he sat still for quite some time, allowing me to capture a few wonderful shots before he took off. DSC_3645_crop
    • Jim
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      Chirps: 3
      jtonkinson
      This is a Wonderfully colorful bird found in the Sky Islands (Including Madera Canyon, AZ).   It is called the Elegant Trogon. I love the Greens, Red's and White contrasts, as well as it's interesting call, which sounds like a dog barking.   People come from long distances for a chance to see and photograph this bird.DSC_3198
    • Jim
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      Chirps: 3
      jtonkinson
      I moved to Green Valley AZ one year ago from Minnesota.   I love the Variety and Beauty of the Birds and Hummingbirds here.    Here are a Black-headed Grosbeak and a Broad-Billed Hummingbird. DSCN8054
    • Eric
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      Chirps: 7
      shark_7
      Activity #3 This is a male of Antillean Euphonia (Puerto Rican race) in my house in Puerto Rico. It is one of my favorite backyard birds because has a melodic song and their colors are awesome.   IMG_3798-1
      • Kelly
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        Chirps: 3
        kellymichelle80
        Wow beautiful
    • Ruth
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      Chirps: 5
      RuthT1918
      IMG_8105 Activity #3 Favorite backyard Ground bird is Gamble's Quail. Male will find the highest point around to make his calls, top of houses, trees, chimneys; they walk really fast and is great to see the little ones with mom, dad running around the neighborhood.
    • amanda
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      Chirps: 2
      achildebrant
      female kingfisher Belted kingfishers are my favorite birds that live around here. I don't see many of them but every once and awhile, when I crawl out of my house for the day, I hear this chattering sound and that's when I know there's a kingfisher at the pond. I love to see them fly, but I have never seen one fish. I would like to see them more but I'm too lazy to get out so I enjoy them when I can.
    • Jennifer
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      Chirps: 1
      mcwmom
      I completed the first lesson today and am so excited to further my bird interest and watching skills!  My backyard is full of birds despite it not being wooded, and being surrounded by neighbors.  I have a feeder just outside my back bay window, and so far this spring/summer I have seen 33 different species of birds!  A couple are just summer visitors to our area, so they've been exciting to spot.  There have been a variety of groups represented in the yard and at the feeder.  We had a Red-Shouldered Hawk  (Raptor) decide to enjoy its lunch in the middle of the yard, and a beautiful Common Grackle (Black Birds) stopped at the feeder.  He had a beautiful, shiny dark blue head that just makes you appreciate what nature can produce.  And rounding out the three groups is a Common Yellow-Throat Warbler (Warbler).  A common year-round favorite in my yard and neighborhood is the Eurasian Tree Sparrow.  I love it simply because the only place they are found in the wild in the United States is in St. Louis, MO and its suburbs.  There is a great history to that reason.  They are skittish little birds so combined with my photography skills that makes for blurry pictures.  They closely resemble the male house sparrow but can be slightly shorter and narrower.  Their heads are a darker brown than that on their bodies and wings- which are streaked with black and flecks of white feathers. Their bellies are a tan color. They have a black mask that flows into a black bib, and white on the sides of the head with a black mark on each side.  Hopefully I'll eventually be able to get a decent photo to share!
    • Dory
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      Chirps: 3
      DoryZinkand
      Red shouldered hawk 04Goldfinch male 03Hummer male 02 I'm including photos from three different groups from my backyard. From the raptors, we have a red-shouldered hawk, whom we have named Pierre, since we often see him (her?) with frogs legs hanging out of his mouth. From the songbirds (finches and buntings), we have a male goldfinch. From the hummingbirds, we have a male ruby-throated hummingbird, the only hummingbird found in my region. I live in Maryland, USA.  
    • Terry
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      Chirps: 4
      gelbersmith
      IMG_0905 We are so lucky to be housesitting our friend's home on Camano Island, north of Seattle.  The first photo is  Anna's hummingbird, which if kept fed, now spend all year in coastal areas in Washington State. My husband and I have been mesmerized watching the bald eagles feeding at high tide and soaring in the evening updrafts. The second photo has 7 eagles or (5 mature, 2 immature) I believe.  We also have ospreys and at a distance have a hard time telling the osprey from the immature eagle.  The eagles were feasting on small fish being washing into shallow water on the beach at high tide.  Lazy fishermen!  I took this photo from the very steep steps that lead to the beach.  Can't get very close at all to these big guys!IMG_0937
      • Dory
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        Chirps: 3
        DoryZinkand
        Hummingbirds are amazing to watch!
    • Randy
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      rgcook612
      BAA91909-D527-4F98-A69D-7EDDFF2B2FB6_1_201_a011DBF4F-F92B-49A2-A6EC-722354AD5725_1_201_aD7624FA4-AA54-4F37-8D5B-6A003B10C6D0_1_201_aMy favorite of the bird groups is the raptors.  I live on a large reservoir in the southeastern U.S.  Although I was aware that ospreys were known to nest on a shallow area of the lake near my home, until recently, I had never been able to observe one.  On a whim, I ventured out on an early morning in June to see if I might spot one.  Not only did I spot a pair nesting on a hazard marker in the middle of the lake, I was able to get close enough to get some splendid photos. What a thrill!
      • Terry
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        Chirps: 4
        gelbersmith
        Wonderful photos!
    • Terry
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      Chirps: 4
      gelbersmith
      We are so lucky to be housesitting our friend's home on Camano Island, north of Seattle.  My husband have been mesmerized watching the bald eagles feeding at high tide and soaring in the evening updrafts.   First photo has 7 eagles or (5 mature, 2 immature) I believe.  We also have ospreys and at a distance have a hard time telling the osprey from the immature eagle.  The eagles were feasting on small fish being washing into shallow water on the beach at high tide.  Lazy fishermen!IMG_0937
      • Terry
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        Chirps: 4
        gelbersmith
        Sorry for the duplication, cannot determine how to delete my accidental post.
    • Tracy
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      Chirps: 1
      Tracy_H
      I'm not great at getting pictures, but cardinals are my absolute favorite birds.  I lived in Western Nebraska and Colorado for most of my life and there aren't any cardinals there!  When I visited my native state of Michigan as an adult, I heard the cardinal song and was immediately struck.  Since moving here, they have been my inspiration and my comfort.  Their appearance brightens the long, snowy winters and honestly seeing them has helped pull me through what's probably Seasonal Affective Disorder!  Their physical beauty and distinctive call is their winning combo. I'm seeing lots of mallards with ducklings this time of year, which is also a joy.  A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Merganser with at least 20 little ones in tow. Hoping the herons show up soon. And, I'm making it a point to see a snowy owl this winter.
    • Alena
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      Chirps: 1
      ahessler
      Activity 1 is incredible, I enjoyed the ancestors of modern birds as well as seeing the variety of birds on the world map. My interest in birding started with a call that I’ve never heard before and then later a siting of an owl. I spent 3 months trying to ID the owl searching owls calls on internet and reading everything about different owls. Turns out it was a northern hawk owl that is extremely uncommon in WI. Activity 2 I loved being able to take the knowledge from the lesson and apply it to my backyard visitors. Mostly songbirds and hummingbirds, but once in a while a surprise rolls in like a flock of wood ducks that were just as scared of me as I was of them 😄 Activity 3 I can’t post a picture but my favorite bird is a house wren. They sing so pretty and are quite entertaining to watch. The fact that male picks several spots for a nest and a lady makes a final choice is cute, what a gentleman.
    • Almond
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      Chirps: 1
      almond.eastland
      My favorite birds are hummingbirds because I love tiny things. Three birds I've learned about because I think I've seen them around are the Long-billed Thrasher (songbird group), Mourning Dove (pigeons & doves group), and Cattle Egret (wading birds). A favorite bird that I've seen in my neighborhood is the Northern Cardinal. I love its bright color.
    • Nathaniel
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      Chirps: 1
      nhouston
      coopers-hawk A Cooper's Hawk I captured through my kitchen window yesterday afternoon.
    • Robert
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      Chirps: 1
      bobojim
      IMG_3632 I managed to get a decent shot of this common tern while walking on one the piers in Hudson River Park, NYC. I like that it's smaller and sleeker than most of the seabirds I see, and nattily dressed too, with that black cap and red bill.
    • Mark
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      Chirps: 1
      mwatarnawski
      AF5A11F7-4317-471E-9853-84774FC51296This is a comb-crested Jacana I saw at Enoggera Reservoir, Brisbane Australia.. This photo gives me a feeling it is An elegant and sophisticated bird, ready to go out to a dinner dance function, carrying its deportment aloofly.  It can appear to be able to walk on water
    • Lillian
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      Chirps: 3
      elsiebee64
      MagpieGalahs
      • Lillian
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        Chirps: 3
        elsiebee64
        It's so hard for me to nominate just one favourite bird, I love so many of them!  Pictured above are some of the regular visitors to my backyard.  A lone magpie sitting on the fence.  And a flock of galahs enjoying some seed on the ground.  Also pictured are 2 rainbow lorikeets and a crested pigeon.
    • rita
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      Chirps: 15
      rlaurance
      I loved looking at the wall of birds! It is beautifully painted and extremely informative. I especially like the pencil drawings of the extinct species. I have chosen Cedar Waxing, Goldfinch, and Red bellied woodpecker as my three birds. I espied a pair of Cedar Waxwings while out on a walk earlier this spring, I have many goldfinches in my neighborhood and especially my yard as I have lots of black eyed Susans and echinacea, and they like the seeds from these flowers. And there are Red bellied woodpeckers living in the neighborhood, and they have visited my trees looking for food. Cedar Waxwings belong to the waxwing group, Goldfinches to the finch family, and Fred bellied woodpeckers are a large woodpecker. The Red bellied woodpecker was perhaps my favorite to see- they are large with rather long, pointed bills that they use to get insects from dead or infested trees. The waxwings were sort of a nice surprise- they were in a dead tree overlooking the Huron River. And the goldfinches are here every year due to the fact that I make sure to plant things with seeds that they like. I will have to take photos to upload at another time.
    • Ken
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      Chirps: 3
      kendonnelly
      Junco We have a lot of Dark-eyed Juncos on our property, and they are amazingly easy to call (with the aid of an app).
    • Ken
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      Chirps: 3
      kendonnelly
      AmericanGoldfinch I really like yellow birds for some reason. I guess it is just that they are so striking and it was only recently that I started seeing them in the wild. We often get American Goldfinches at our birdfeeder.
    • Ken
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      Chirps: 3
      kendonnelly
      Hairy Woodpecker This Hairy Woodpecker nested in the large maple tree in my backyard this year. He is one of several different species of woodpeckers on my property, and he has been around for many years. He has the unfortunate habit of landing in the eavestrough above my bedroom window and drumming at daybreak.
    • Nora
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      Chirps: 4
      Spots12
      two pichshers i do not know what they are because they were flying and far away IMG_7956 copyIMG_7955 copy can someone tell me what they are? my favorit bird i see is the ospere but i love all birds.
    • Robin
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      Chirps: 3
      cherobinlee
      I always love watching the crows in our neighborhood, and see them trying to scare away the cats.  I talk to them, and seem to be interested in listening.
    • Jianxuan
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      Chirps: 1
      newkiwi20
      08521429-8094-401B-9720-CA1CD907D117 I live in Long Island and I saw this (house?) finch in my neighborhood. I saw this type of  bird only once so I assume it is uncommon where I live. I like this particular bird because I like small birds and the color of it just makes it so much prettier.
    • Brenda
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      Chirps: 4
      NorasGranddaughter
      Activity 3:   coopers-hawkI saw the most unusual thing on Valentine's Day.  A hawk was in my bushes thrashing around.  I thought it was killing one of the chipmunks or squirrels or rabbits that roam my backyard.  At first I thought it had probably already done terminal damage and I couldn't stop it, but it kept on.  Finally I went outside and yelled and threw tennis balls at it - don't worry, I can't hit the side of a barn, but nothing would make it stop.  Then I saw that there were two of them.  I thought -- are they mating?   They carried on forever.  It was pretty rigorous. Then when the action stopped, I thought that one of them had killed the other one, but the upright one dragged the prostrate one out of the bushes by one foot.  The prostrate one got up and they both flew off together!  I think from what I could see with the thrashing and the bushes impeding my view was that they were Cooper's Hawks.
    • Brenda
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      Chirps: 4
      NorasGranddaughter
      Activity 2:  The Wren is in the songbird group.   The Cardinal is in the songbird group. The Brown Thrasher is in the songbird group too.  The Common Loon is a swimming bird.  
    • Brenda
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      Chirps: 4
      NorasGranddaughter
      I voted for the Carolina wren, Brown Thrasher, Common Loon - what a magical song, so mystical, and the Cardinal.  We have three of these in our backyard, but the loon calls to me across some ethereal, Camelot-like setting and beckons me to a enter the mist to a world of imagination.
      • Lynn
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        Chirps: 2
        LynnKLockard
        I am a very beginner bird watcher. I was outside on the porch, listening to the bird sounds on the computer and as I got to the Carolina Wren, the call was very chatty, and before i realized it, a Carolina Wren had flown in and was sitting right beside me.  I was able to see every detail of  color and markings..I felt like I had seen heaven!  Made my day!
    • Janet
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      Chirps: 7
      Janetcaperobin
      20200711_122008 Activity 3 - One of my favourite birds The Cape Batis is a small, stout insect-eating passerine bird in the wattle-eye family. I like this bird because it is secretive, although allows one to get close enough to observe it.
    • Karate Mom
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      Chirps: 2
      Karate Mom
      Activity 1:  I picked the wood duck. On my first birding tour in California, this was one of the many birds I saw. It was beautiful. What is even more interesting about the wood duck is what our tour guide shared about the ducklings. They live high inside a tree and then, when ready, fall to the forest floor.  You can find many videos online of this happening. Very amazing. Activity 3:  I pick the northern cardinal. I see him all the time in my backyard (southern Ontario)  and his call is so distinct that I always look for him. The female is difficult to spot (of course) but she sometimes makes an appearance or I can hear her as well.
    • Diana
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      Chirps: 1
      BeetleBook
      Activity 3: I have chosen an Indigo Bunting. We have recently moved to the US from the UK, and I am still thrilled to see such brightly coloured birds in our neighbourhood (such bright colours are much less common in the British Isles). I have only seen the Indigo Bunting twice in a neighbour's magnolia tree, so never managed to nab a photo, but they are such a beautiful, brilliant blue. We are working to fill our garden with native plants and flowers, so hope to attract lots more birds in the coming months.
    • Antonio
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      Chirps: 3
      antcas31
      • Activity 1.  I chose the Scissor tail fly catcher.  The males coloring is beautiful.  I am sometimes treated to their striking flight while on walks in my neighborhood.
      • Activity 2.  I’m not altogether sure what is being asked of me for this activity.
      • 457224C8-6968-4EF6-B6F4-C5A3AB9CA617Activity 3. I like this picture of a green heron that I took.  It was a lifer for me and I was in awe as soon as I saw it.
    • Liliana
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      Chirps: 1
      LiliBlanco
      In Activity 1, I chose the Bohemian Waxwing from the Wall of Birds.  It is such a beautiful bird: "elegant", colourful, easy to distinguish by its characteristic call.  I am used to see Cedar Waxwings where I live, in Eastern Ontario, so I was interested in comparing to the Western species.  I like how they move in groups, and the loud noise they produce when there is a large flock in a tree. Regarding Activity 2, I can say I finally got a better idea of how to distinguish warblers from finches... I know it should not be too difficult, but for some reason, unless it was clearly a goldfinch, I was always in doubt between the two. For Activity 3 I choose the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  Living in Ottawa, Ontario, this is the only hummingbird I will be able to see during warm weather season, at least in my backyard.  For the first time this Spring I decided to hang two hummingbirds feeders from an old lilac, but did not have much hope if seeing it coming to feed from them.  To my big surprise, one little Ruby-throated hummer was visiting just 10 minutes after putting it up!  And has been returning continuously since.  I am not sure if it is the same or not.  At some point I saw two of them. I am always amazed at their flight, their speed, and how little they care if humans are close by.  My goal is to be able to distinguish individuals in the future, and even take good photographs.
    • Nadine
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      Chirps: 1
      pennyburos
      Just moved to a new home and put out a couple feeders to be able to study birds in this area better.
    • Brian
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      Chirps: 1
      bfsolodar
      I am trying to ascertain the species of this bird.  I believe it is a common grackle, yet these are the best photographs I have of it.  They were taken on two different days so I'm not sure if they are the same bird.P7060461P7060463P6290408P6290376P6290408P7060461
      • Antonio
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        Chirps: 3
        antcas31
        The top two look like a European starling.  The bottom pic looks like it may be a common grackle.  I am by no means an expert though.
      • Lillian
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        Chirps: 3
        elsiebee64

        @Antonio I agree, the first 2 pics look like starlings

    • Barbara
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      Chirps: 1
      BTidball
      Activity 1:  First lesson activity gave me an opportunity to identify the Dark-eyed Junco who is lately singing in my yard.  I was able to confirm it was a Junco by the pink peak and listening to its song and comparing the song to the Cornell app.  I also learned the bird's bill color was a way to distinguish this bird from a Black Phoebe, also seen in my neighborhood.  The Junco had first attracted us because its song was very different than the Song Sparrows.  Interesting how many Song Birds.
    • Sandra
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      Chirps: 2
      Sandra V.
      HummingbirdActivity 3: I keep seeing hummingbirds in my neighborhood and especially close to my balcony because I feed them. I have been able to identify two species of hummingbirds, Berylline and broad-billed. Hummingbirds are one of my favorite birds because of their colors, size, and agility.
    • Sandra
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      Chirps: 2
      Sandra V.
      HummingbirdActivity 3: I keep seeing hummingbirds in my neighborhood and especially close to my balcony because I feed them. I have been able to identify two species of hummingbirds, Berylline and broad-billed. Hummingbirds are one of my favorite birds because of their colors, size, and agility.
    • David
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      Chirps: 1
      DMarkus
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    • Meg
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      Chirps: 8
      BigYear4ML
      Activity 3: There are many Pileated Woodpeckers in my neighborhood. I frequently see them in pairs, and hopefully, I can improve upon identifying the male vs. female. They are a favorite because I enjoy watching their activities, and the red crest is easy to spot. IMG_4078
    • Mary
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      Chirps: 1
      mkootsikas
      0B8483E0-57D0-48CD-84BF-2D0B8ABE9CB1Activity 3: The Baltimore Orioles came back this spring with a bit better f help from the grape jelly and orange halves we put out for them.
      • Meg
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        Chirps: 8
        BigYear4ML
        Hi Mary! That's a great shot of Baltimore Orioles. I have lived in Maryland for 13 years, and I finally saw an Oriole about two years ago. I felt like, "Yay! I am now officially a Marylander!" Thank you for sharing!
    • Paige
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      Chirps: 1
      유진1994
      20200424_155006-1Activity 3: Rose Breasted Grosbeak. This is the first year I have seen these beautiful birds in my yard. I love their bright & distinct colors. Behaviour seemed so relaxed and calm.
    • Peter
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      Chirps: 1
      AlaskaRibbens
      Baby bird season in Alaska.  Downy with his daughter.  Also black cap chickadee, boreal chickadee and canada gray jay babies at the feeders.IMG_2078
    • Rose
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      Chirps: 1
      rgoure
      Swan's lifting from lake. I love our migration season when the flocks of swans and Canada geese arrive.  In the early morning I would hear a slapping noise when a group of swans would take off that sounded like their wings slapping on the water.  When I was able to get a better look and capture them on film, I realized that it was not their wings hitting the water, but their powerful feet propelling them forward on the water.
    • Susan
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      Chirps: 1
      Susan Thompson
      I found the wall of birds really inspiring. I live in a bayside suburb of Melbourne and belong to the local birwatching club. We can't meet, but Tania who organises it, suggested this course. She sends out a bird of the week for us to identify. I'm heading out with my binnoculars to the beach right now.
    • Eva
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      Chirps: 9
      Toucanny
      Activity 1: My favorite bird in the Wall of Birds was the Marvelous Spatuletail because I love that it is so regal and so incredibly colorful and amazing! Activity 2: I opened my field guide to random pages, and the first bird was the Black Hawk-Eagle, which is in the Raptor group. I also opened my field guide to the page where the Limpkin is, which is in the Wader group, and to where the Slate-Colored Seedeater is, which is in the Finch and Bunting group. Activity 3: My favorite neighborhood bird is the hummingbird that quickly flitted past our backyard one day, and even though we have doves, flycatchers, sparrows and clay-colored thrushes, I feel like the hummingbird is so dainty and regal that it just surpasses all the other birds that we see here. We haven't identified this species of hummingbird yet, but from the quick glance I got before it flitted away, I saw dark green and maybe some white, although it could have had more colors that are only visible when the light shines on them. I didn't get the chance to take a photo of it, but last weekend, when we were outside of our neighborhood, I took a photo of a female Green-Crowned Brilliant, and I have to say that hummingbirds are just so extraordinary!DSCN1029
    • David
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      davferr
      hawk 2, summer 2020hawk, summer 2020We live in Indianapolis, IN. This hawk (unidentified, to us) landed on our back deck and then in the yard. The picture was taken through a screened window. We welcome any identification ideas...Cooper's hawk? We've also seen American Goldfinch, American Robin, House Sparrow, Cardinal, House Wrens, and Canadian Geese!
    • Rosemary
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      rosiegmorgan
      I identified a Lincoln's Sparrow in my backyard this week. I was excited to identify it and have this course in part to credit with inspiring me. I have heard this bird's song many times, but wasn't sure what it was until it, and its apparent mate, landed within 2 feet of me in our cedars. I went to the All About Birds site, as well as my Birds of North America book, and confirmed its identity with visual and sound. The more common birds in our neighborhood are Cardinals, black-capped chickadees, white-throated sparrows, starlings, pigeons, crows, and a pair of Cooper's Hawks. I live in central Ottawa, in Ontario, Canada.
      • KbBirdwatcher
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        KbBirdwatcher
        Awesome! I live in Toronto, Ontario and am just getting into birding. So far the most interesting bird I've seen is a Pileated Woodpecker.
    • Michele
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      Chirps: 3
      MicheleTourné
      Activity #1: I found the Secretary bird interesting for a few reasons. First, I like the crest on it's head- it looks like a wild hairstyle. I also like the fact that it is a predator that uses its feet to attack mammals and reptiles. In addition, it is the only one in its family. Activity #2: The Black-necked Stilt is a bird I see often in ponds near my home, and I recently learned to identify it. I enjoy watching it walk in the shallow water with it's long, spindly red legs. I am impressed that the  non-nesting Black-necked stilts work together to fend off predators. I also like the snowy egret- especially it's black legs and yellow feet. Today I saw a Brown -headed Cowbird in my backyard. Once I figured out what type of bird it was, I read about its behavior and learned the females are "brood parasites". They lay eggs in other birds nests, and don't raise their own young. Brown-headed Cowbirds also eat eggs of smaller songbirds. I find the social lives of birds fascinating. Activity #3: My favorite birds in my yard are Anna's hummingbirds. There are at least three that frequent my feeder, and fly quite close to me. One is a male, one female and the other may be a juvenile or a smaller female.
    • Jayne
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      jaynechobot
      Activity #1:  I like the American Oystercatcher because I'm a sucker for endangered animals, and this one's habitat is being lost and destroyed.  I think I may have seen one of these when I was at the Gulf last week at North Redington Beach.  The second one that caught my eye was the Prothonotary Warbler because it's yellow (yay!) and it was named after the papal clerks of the Roman Catholic Church (of which I am a member).  It also forms pair bonds for at least a season; which I always think is cool when animals choose long-term mates.  The last one I really like is the Atlantic Puffin.  My grandson got me hooked on this bird, and I got to go to the Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland, Maine on my trip there a couple of years ago.  They are doing tremendous work in getting the population numbers up again.
    • Kyle
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      Chirps: 5
      milbrand77
      My favorite birds in the neighborhood right now are the ruby-throated hummingbird and the great blue heron.  They're favorites in our family because we waited a long time to see them.  It took a while for our feeder to attract the hummingbird and the heron wasn't always visible early in the spring at our local waterfowl preserve.  They're both unique and beautiful birds.
    • Kenzie
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      Chirps: 5
      KenzieBurns
      Activity #2: I've seen lots of song birds so far on my bird watching journey! I've seen lots of American robins, and I chased (at a distance, no birds were harmed!) a song sparrow around the lake shore a few weeks ago. I've also seen some different types of waterfowl; Canada geese and mallards, mostly, but I'm pretty sure I saw a family of common Mergansers the other day, which was cool. I love their spikey hair! I've also seen some woodpeckers and other tree-clinging birds. The other day, I walked out of my house to see three downy woodpeckers exploring a grove of trees between mine and my neighbor's houses! Very cool, can't wait to see more, I'd love to see a hummingbird soon!
    • Kenzie
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      Chirps: 5
      KenzieBurns
      Activity #3: Maybe not my absolute favorite backyard bird, but here is a picture of a bald eagle guarding his/her nest. It's a HUGE nest, and I could see at least 2 juveniles moving around inside. The first time I saw a bald eagle was when I was 18 on a canoeing trip down the Susquehanna River in central PA, and I was so fascinated because I always thought they were super rare for some reason. This eagle and nest are located on Sand Island on the Great Sacandaga Lake in the southern Adirondacks (NY). I like to visit them often and watch as mom and dad bring in fish and small animals for the young ones to eat! 20200623_145133
    • Tori
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      tagray2895
      Activity 3: I recently moved permanently to South Africa and have been loving getting to know the bird life around the area! My absolute favorite bird is the African Hoopoe, pictured below. It's the David Beckham-like hair that makes me love it!African Hoopoe copy 2
      • Kenzie
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        Chirps: 5
        KenzieBurns
        Very cool! I love seeing birds from other continents (I'm in the U.S.), they're all so exotic and special for me! Thanks for sharing!
    • Kathy
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      Chirps: 1
      KathyLowther
      Activity 1- One of my favorite birds from the Wall of Birds is the quetzal. I love the long tail, cute, round head and vibrant colours. I have also never seen one, so would love to see one! I also love all owls, hummingbirds and warblers. I saw a tropic bird for the first time in Kauai while hiking, and was so excited I photographed and watched for hours. Activity 2- I love swifts, I did not know one part of their brain can be asleep while flying! I was thrilled to see a Black-headed grosbeak AND Western Tanagers here, which are only visitors here for a very short time..they are so beautiful. I am learning to identify bird songs, that I do not know, so I watch out for the birds, as I know they are not common ones, as I know the common calls in my area. Activity 3- My favorite bird in my area is a tough decision, I would have to say the hummingbird, we have Anna's and Rufous.. I love their ability to flit around effortlessly and go up in the air and down, while chatting to each other, and especially their glistening colours..they are so sweet..baby hummer my yard close june 2018
    • Missy
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      MissyCook
      Activity #3: My favorite local bird is a blue heron.  It is so tall and majestic hanging out at the edge of a small pond near my house in Indiana.  I’ve had a bird feeder and hummingbird feeders for years, but didn’t pay much attention to the variety of birds that were showing up until I started working from home during the COVID crisis.  We always have cardinals, but in March there were dozens hanging out in the snow in the yard, beautiful!  And then I saw a rose breasted grosbeak (identified with the Audubon app) and now I’m hooked and want to identify all of them :)
    • Scott
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      scottlysle
      American Goldfinch Male
    • Barb
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      Chirps: 1
      bstrine
      We live in western New York and love the NYS Bluebird!  We have several houses and usually get at least one brood of babies.  But we are having problems with English sparrows who try to take over the bird houses.  How can we get "rid" of the sparrows?  Or discourage them from bothering the bluebirds?  Just asking!
    • Susan
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      Chirps: 7
      shamilton1408
      I recently added three birdfeeders to my small yard in central NJ.  It has been fun to see new birds arrive to feast.  I find the starlings who fight for the suet cakes the most interesting to watch.  I have been lucky enough to see the fledglings arrive at the suet with their parents and/or other adults.  The adults can be quite aggressive toward the fledglings - I assume not their own young.  The blue jay who comes occasionally is also very aggressive. We've had three types of woodpecker and one flicker.  All birds that I had never seen growing up in the cities of NJ.
    • Suzanne
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      Chirps: 2
      SuzaLarr
      I enjoyed the Wall of Birds. I looked at birds that I am used to - cardinal, blue heron, and then ones that I have never heard of. I enjoyed hearing the calls as well.
    • dana
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      Chirps: 1
      DanaLight
      59E46945-0B33-4921-85AE-03A6C605CC19Saw this amazing Coopers Hawk on my deck rail two mornings in a row.   So beautiful!   Atlanta GA,   Dana
      • Susan
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        Chirps: 7
        shamilton1408
        Amazing photo!
      • Sue
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        Chirps: 2
        sue0006
        Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
    • Kenzie
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      Chirps: 5
      KenzieBurns
      Activity 1: I learned in this activity that albatrosses are my favorite birds! I think it's so so cool that they can fly for YEARS at a time, and that they live to be so old (80 years!!). It got me thinking about lifespans of other types of birds, like the ones in my neighborhood and that I see commonly. I'll have to do some more research on bird lifespans, as it's interesting to me that they can live as long as humans and I've never really considered it before!
    • Nan
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      Chirps: 4
      Nani110
      Another cool picture of the Barn Swallow.  These were taken with an iPhone so not as crisp and sharp as one would like but still amazing.  I've never seen (or noticed) a Barn Swallow before.  In fact, never heard of one so this was incredible to see.  (Marlborough, CT).IMG_2340
      • Kenzie
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        KenzieBurns
        So cool! I want to see a barn swallow, I really like their super exaggerated forked tails. Thanks for sharing!
    • Nan
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      Nani110
      This is a barn swallow feeding its young in my friend's barn.  We live in Connecticut and she has a horse barn and has barn swallows that return year over year.  She has well over a dozen active nests.IMG_2341
      • Sue
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        sue0006
        You captured some great photos of those barn swallows!
    • Dennis
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      Vigil75
      Activity 3. The Bobolink is a bird I don't get a chance to see often. However when I do, I excited. I usually see them sitting on an overhead wire or flying quickly from field to field where they land and hide in the grasses. I was fortunate the other day though to have this guy accommodate me by sitting up on several blades. I really enjoy the cream colored nape on that black head followed by the white areas on the back and wings.Bobolink
      • Tamara
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        haydent
        Congratulations! We just saw our first Boblink recently, at Middle Creek Wildlife Area in Pennsylvania.  Our photos are not as good as yours as the birds stayed deep into the meadow, but we were very excited to spot them.
    • Liz
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      Chirps: 5
      Liz Kranz
      hooded merg The Hooded Merganser is my favourite duck or the ten different kinds of ducks that drop by in their spring migration on the river that I live on. What a wonderful view I have of these colourful and lively little divers.
      • Nan
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        Chirps: 4
        Nani110
        Hi Liz, I've never seen this duck before.  Where do you live? Nan
    • Laura
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      laura.a.rockwell
      Activity 3- I am fortunate to live only 1.5 hours away from the Pacific coast.  Yesterday I was able to take a socially distanced trip to the beach and observe birds living on a large haystack.  I enjoyed watching the Common Murres, Pelagic Cormorants, and Tufted Puffins.  I have always been enthralled with Puffins, but have never actually seen one (every time I went to the shore I tried to spot a few).  I also observed a Bald Eagle snatch a baby Seagull from the top of the haystack.  I was unable to take any decent photos, but I can't wait to go back and watch again!
    • Student Birder
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      crystallr
      Lately in my neighborhood I've seen House Finches, House Sparrows, Eurasian Collared Doves, Crows and Quail. I love seeing Quail because my grandfather loved Quail and it brings back sweet memories.
    • Montana
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      Chirps: 15
      mvasquezgrinnell
      Activity #1: I am fascinated by the Secretary bird. It's near blindness unless it's prey move makes me think of Jurassic Park and the fact that T-Rex may have had similar qualities. Could it be that the secretary bird is a downsized version of the former kind of dinosaurs? It's pretty cool to think of it that way. Activity #2: I've been birding recently with more experienced birders. Some birds that I have seen/learned about are Orchard Orioles (found a nest!); King Birds (also found a nest and learned about their territorial personalities; Red-Tailed Hawks - these are the birds that got me into birding along with the Falcon. Next to our family garden plot live a pair of hawks and it's cool to watch them hunt, observe, swoop over us, and escape all the blackbirds that want them out of their space. Activity #3: BlueBirds! So many people have bluebird nest boxes it's cool to observe them. We've watched them lay eggs, the eggs have hatched, some aggressive sparrows are being fought off, and they go out and get food to feed the babies.
    • clara
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      Chirps: 6
      clarys_clgd
      Actividad 1 Las aves que me llamaron la atención y por las que vote fueron Hoatzin (Opisthocomus Hoazin), Oilbird (Steatornis Caripensis) y Nyctibius Griseus. Actividad 2 Los tres pájaros de tres grupos diferentes que encontré fueron: Grupo Palomas:  Encontré a Paloma Manchada (Patagioenas Maculosa) Grupo Loros: Encontre a Kirki (Psilopsiagan Aymara) Grupo Colibríes:  encontré a Picaflor Cometa (Sappho Sparganura), Picaflor Gigante (Patagona Gigas) Actividad 3 El pájaro que elijo es Pinchaflor (Diglossa Carbonaria), este pajaro es uno de mis preferidos porque es muy valiente ya que se enfrenta a los picaflores para poder alimentarse del néctar de las flores tubulares. DSCN0279
      • Lynn
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        LynnKLockard
        Gracias.  De donde viene el foto?
    • Louisa
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      Chirps: 8
      lulu1
      DDE10686-3D5E-4796-93B8-D8715C4FC9B1 Activity 3:  although this photo was digiscoped, I have a pair of California quail visiting my backyard.  My neighborhood is a recent development in farmland, so I working on improving the habitat in my backyard.  These days I have house finches, house sparrows, mourning doves, Eurasian collared doves, red-winged blackbirds, Brewer’s blackbirds, and brown-headed cowbirds coming to my seed feeders and a couple of black-chinned hummingbirds coming to my nectar feeders and penstemons.  Robins have been plucking serviceberries from the two shrubs I planted last year.  As trees get bigger, I hope to see more small, insect-eating birds show up.  I’ve had flyovers by Canada geese, snow geese, mallards, red-tailed hawks, Swainson’s hawks, osprey, and American kestrels.  This past winter I had an immature sharp-shinned hawk and an adult Cooper’s hawk hunting my feeders and dark-eyed juncos feeding on seed I scattered on the ground.  Killdeer are still present in the area but none have come to my yard.
    • Julie
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      Chirps: 3
      aissbirdie
      Really like the Wall of Birds concept.  My main intent is to have basic bird watching skills, as I'm moving to Morocco and our house is located next to a bird wetlands/sanctuary that is now a formally protected area.  It's hard to find a lot of info on the birds I will see there, but learning how to use the apps and try to identify - and started drawing them.  By me now I got to see a huge flock of pelicans, and it was really exciting.
    • Lori
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      llarge
      I love Western Meadowlarks. I hear them in  fields two miles from my home. They are difficult to photograph, because they are far from the street in grassy fields. Focusing on the bird and not the grasses is a challenge, but I was able to at least get an image that proves it is a meadowlark! I love their songs. The course is good for me - I have been birding for a long time but have lots to learn.345A4174 (2)
    • Entrapta
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      quaylequail
      Ahhh I’m a huge fan of the snowy plover (such a beautiful bird, considered a symbol of longevity and perseverance) ~I think it’s in the shorebird family? I don’t think I’ve ever encountered one, so I will be excited to add that to my life list at some point! before corona hit, I would see barn owls near the student union at my college (they’d come out at about 8pm regularly.) that’s something I really miss since having to go back home. But I’ve still gotten some nice encounters with birds since returning from school. we have a nest of barn swallows on our porch, and they’ve had two rounds of chicks. Lovely birds, if a bit sloppy! Haha
    • Kayla
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      kwoolford
      I live in East Texas. Some birds I have seen on our property: Song birds..... Painted bunting (MY FAVORITE ❤️) Wading birds...Great blue Heron Woodpeckers....Pileated woodpecker, Downy woodpeckers, Red headed woodpecker Hummingbirds.....Ruby throated woodpecker
    • John
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      sisler01
      Here in west Houston (TX)  today  Northern Cardinals, Tufted Tit Mouse (or should they be Titmice?) pairs, Carolina Chickadees and Blue Jays were all dining at our backyard feeder. White Wing Doves along with all of the others were using the bird bath to drink and cool off in the heat of the early summer. Overhead,  Black Vultures that roost on the roof of nearby office buildings were circling overhead. Great Blue Herons were flying in a straight path several hundred feet high from their roosts & nests in nearby Addicks Reservoir to either Barker Reservoir or Buffalo Bayou.
    • Jyoti
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      JoKash17
      Activity 1: Hi! I really liked Wall of Birds and how it represented each bird on their geographical location. I came to know about the Albatross when I read a poem in school in which Albatorss was one of the main character. It was "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Since then, I am always thrilled with this bird. When I saw the Wall of Birds, my eye got fixed on Wandering Albatoross which I loved on how it is potrayed. I would like to thank the artist responsible for creating such a nice artwork. Activity 2: Grey-hooded Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthoschistos) (Insectivore), Plum-headed Parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala) (Frugivore) and Himalayan Griffon Vulture (Gyps himalayensis) (Carnivore) Activity 3: I like Himalayan Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys) which is very common in my neighbourhood. It is an omnivorous bird and resident in Himalayas part of India. Himalayan Bulbul_2
    • Andrew
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      Afennessy
      Fortunate to live in San Francisco right next to Presidio Park. My field guide is in the mail and I can’t wait to start exploring.
    • Cheri
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      Chirps: 1
      Serene23
      I’m so fortunate to have access to some of natures cutest creatures. From songbirds like the chirping sparrow and bluebirds, to adorable tree creepers like the nuthatch and chickadee. Especially the not so common jewels like cedar waxwings, the downy and Harry woodpeckers, and northern flickers. This course is a pleasant way to pass quarantine time, thank you!!
    • Ann
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      ann.shult
      Activity 3 The robin is one of my favorites.  In my yard they are the harbingers of spring when I hear their voices singing early in the morning.  I typically have one couple every  year build a nest on the downspout to raise a family.  This year they needed to share their space with a couple of house sparrows after I blocked the gutters and other spaces where the sparrows were nesting.  At first it was a battle over who would win the spot, but they seemed to reach a truce.  A duplex was built with the shorter robin's nest against my house and the house sparrow nest (2 stories high compared to the robin nest) forming a wall and protecting the other from the elements.
      • Marion
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        msm1894
        IMG_2236 We have a robin nest in our gutter too. It's so lovely.
    • Laura
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      lfoulk
      I've enjoyed seeing many birds this Covid-19 Spring.  One of my favorites is the Greater Sandhill Cranes that nest near my house in NW Colorado.  I have lived in this location for 16 years and watched the pair of Sandhill Cranes come back each year to raise young.  Often they have two chicks (which I have learned they call colts) but only one this year.  I sometimes wonder if this year's pair may be one on the descendants of the original pair.  I love to hear them call in the early mornings.   I have heard a "woop woop woop" sound in the evenings for the past several years and could not figure out what it was.  I though maybe an owl, or even a frog.  This year I actually saw a "shorebird" with a long thin bill.  After looking it up on Merlin and Audubon aps, I figured out it is (actually they are - I later found a pair) Wilson Snipes!  What a cool call they have.   Early spring we saw what looked like finches (songbirds), but I couldn't ID them.  They came to our bird feeder.  About the size of goldfinches, but without the full coloration.  As we watched through the spring, the birds changed color and became yellow for the males and more distinct yellowish green for the females.  Yes, goldfinches.  I'm guessing the colors were "grayed out" during the winter.  Does anyone know if that right? Enjoying the course.
    • maureen
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      mvd928
      Hi all, I have been a bird watcher for as long as I can remember but have only recently started to study and try to differentiate their calls, songs, and names.  I live on Maui and my husband and I were able to see a Japanese White-Eye or Mejiro nesting in a ti leaf plant right outside our living room window.  The pair of birds nested for about 10 days and then hatched 3 babies.  For the next ten days the pair took turns feeding the three and continuing to keep them warm.  It was amazing to watch the progression from newly hatched and on to fledgling.  We watch the three take their first tentative steps and trial flights out of the nest and on to the leaves and branches of the ti leaf plant.  Within a half hour two of the three had flown off.  The third departed about 15 minutes later.  I'm sorry I don't have pictures to accompany my entry but hopefully I will become better with the camera.
    • Greg
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      gregcarr
      I am already an avid bird watcher although most of my watching is confined to my small back yard in NC. My favorite backyard birds are the Eastern Bluebird, the Red-Bellied Woodpecker, the Carolina Wren and the Brown-Headed Nuthatch.  My favorite birds at the beach are the Great Egret, the Snowy Plover and the Sanderling. I am in the process of teaching two of my grandchildren (ages 5 and 3) about the birds and they can already identify many of the species in the backyard.  They have not mastered binoculars yet - so I am using a telephoto camera on a tripod to give them close-up views.  
    • Heather
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      Heather McGuffin
      June 8/20 - Staying close to home (in Ottawa, Ontario) during the pandemic shutdown, I've become more attuned to the birds I see and hear when I'm out walking or on my bike. I'm now trying to learn more about some of them. The handsome wood duck was my first "new discovery" at a pond near my place. I've always known the mallards but had never paid enough attention to recognize the other ducks, until recently. This is a photo that I took this morning by shore of the Rideau River in the city. I'd hoped to find a wood duck to photograph but instead had several mallards keeping me company. This male mallard came and stood on a nearby stone and began to preen. Watching him, I saw things I hadn't noticed before, including a gorgeous patch of shimmering purple that was revealed when he stretched his wing. It was nice to find that even a bird I thought of as common had some surprises when I slowed down and paid attention. Mallard June 8, 2020 (2)
    • Kelsey
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      kelsoh
      Hello all! Recently I have seen a Western Grebe (waterfowl/swimming birds), a couple eagles (raptors) and several mountain bluebirds (songbirds). I was on a hike when we saw several mountain blue birds, it was very exciting! I had never seen a bluebird before and we got to see several so it was very cool! The blue colour of the male is so striking. I have two favourite birds that I see in our neigbourhood in northern Alberta: black-capped chickadees and blue jays. I love seeing the chickadees because I see them often, I love their calls, and they are social, active birds that are fun to watch. Plus they are just so cute!! I love seeing the blue jays as they have never been a resident bird in any other place I have lived before. Their bright blue colouring is very pretty and their calls are very neat. I haven't managed to get pictures of either birds as they often move too fast before I can get my phone out!
    • Jane
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      Jane Leingang
      I enjoy watching birds in my yard and hope to learn more about them. I enjoy cardinals and finches especially. This year I was pleased to attract rose-breasted grosbeaks to my yard and was able to identify both the males and females. Hurray for me. I have also seen a small raptor enjoying a meal of a small rodent twice in my backyard. Not good enough a birder to be sure but I think it was a sharp shinned hawk. I once saw a female kildeer and her nest. She had picked an open space near a public garden plot I was tending. She clearly demonstrated injured bird behavior to protect her nest. Last year I had an opportunity to go on a birding foray with David Sibley in Denali National Park. He found an arctic warbler for the group. It was thrilling to see him observing and to hear him talk about our find.. Arctic warblers are only found in North America during their migration to their Alaska breeding grounds from Asia.
    • Matthew
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      mdonahu4
      I saw three groups of birds today! A great blue heron (wadding bird), a Carolina wren (songbird), and a barn swallow (wasn't mentioned in any of the groups so I'm pretending it's a different one :) )
    • Sharon
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      Chirps: 1
      sharon497
      I'm excited to learn more about the lyrebird, found in Australia.  They can mimic any sound or noise, including human-made noises like car doors closing or chain saws.  Remarkable!
    • Pamela
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      Chirps: 2
      pbaderian
      On the Bird Wall it reminded me how I love the common loon. I think it is beautiful and it’s call is just so soothing. The other bird I just love is the peregrine falcon. I remember when I lived in NYC a peregrine falcon was making the news living up on the skyscrapers. There are house finches that live in thick bushy trees outside my apartment. They sing so beautifully. I love to listen to them and I stop to see where he is perched.
    • Margaret
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      pegkahn
      From a trip to the Galapagos (and on the bird wall) I am fond of the Blue-footed Booby, a sea bird. They are really beautiful and easy to get fairly close to on the islands as there are no predators. I understand they engage in biparental parenting. bluefooted boobiesbluefooted booby
      • Jane
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        Jane Leingang
        I also had an opportunity to see the Blue footed booby. It was so exhilarating to see this storied bird and to be that special place. Their peaceful behavior was a wonder because they have no fear of humans. They could actually be a bit of a nuisance if you want to walk where they are!
    • Hannah
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      hvelde
      Activity 1: My favourite birds that I discovered on the Wall of Birds are the Great Blue Heron and the Black-necked stilt. The heron stirs up memories from my childhood when I went on a field trip to the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack, B.C. These birds are majestic. As for the stilt, I love its long legs, which really do make it look like it's walking on stilts! Activity 2: The three birds I have selected are ones I have seen in my own backyard. One is most definitely a woodpecker. I think it is either a Downy or Hairy Woodpecker. The second one is a Northern Cardinal, which is part of the finch/bunting family (songbird), as I learned in this lesson. The third bird is a seagull, which I often spot flying high overhead. I can't get a close enough look to identify what type of seagull it is. I believe this belongs to the seabirds group. Activity 3: My favourite bird from my neighbourhood is the Northern Cardinal. I love the bright red plumage of the male. It was also one of the favourites of my grandfather who passed last year. Seeing the cardinal is a reminder of him.
      • Margaret
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        pegkahn
        Close to the Huron River in Michigan, we see Great Blue Herons, mainly in Spring, Summer and Fall.  This past Sunday one was wading in a small body of water at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, one of the natural areas curated by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. heron2matthaei
      • Pamela
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        pbaderian
        You must live on the east coast. I sure do miss the colorful song birds back there. I live in Washington State now. The trees are tall and bushy and it’s hard to see what bird is singing in them.
    • Jimmy Gahl
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      Jimmy Gahl
      Hello All, I’m new to birding and right now I’m limited to feeder watching in my own yard. I try to do two sightings a day, one in the morning and one in late afternoon and submit the sightings via eBird. I can identify 12 species accurately with one exception... I’m not skilled yet in identifying the females of these species. I like to be more detailed in my descriptions by including gender in my reports. Sigh! Any suggestions would be appreciated! Jimmy
      • Louisa
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        lulu1
        Hi Jimmy, welcome to birding!  Identifying female birds can be quite tricky.  In some species, the male and female look alike so you don’t know which sex you’re looking at.  With few exceptions, generally females are duller in color than males and may look quite different.  Most incubation is done by females, so they then to be more cryptically colored.  Here are some examples of how females differ from males in some common backyard birds.  I live in the western US so most of my examples are from there.  Female robins are very similar to male robins but not as brightly colored.  Female house finches and most woodpeckers lack the red patches found on males.  Female red-winged blackbirds are striped and can be mistaken for sparrows at first glance, but they are much larger.  Female ducks are usually mottled brown and often are identified by which type of male they hang out with.  Male and female doves look alike, but differ slightly in size, with the males being larger.  With hawks and owls, the reverse is true in that the females are larger.  Females and males of most hawks look alike.  One exception is the northern harrier; males are gray and females are brown.  Hope that helps. A good field guide can help you with identifying females.  I prefer the Sibley guide and back it up with the National Geographic guide.
    • Sophia
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      sifp44
      Around my area, there are so many varieties of birds, especially woodpeckers! The most common one thatI saw was the Pileated Woodpecker. They always find their way to the trees in my backyard. I've also been spotting many bluebirds around here, and I think it may be a Moutain Bluebird. There are many songbirds around here that sing all day although I'm not exactly sure what type of songbirds they are. The chirps are so beautiful and cheery!
    • Daniel
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      Bird25
      For activity 1, there were so many amazing birds that I can't even begin to list them.   I'd been seeing a Pine Warbler on my feeder for awhile, though not for the past week, I think it has flown on. There is a House Wren building a nest in our bird box. Just yesterday I saw an unsual light brown bird, it may have been a juvenile Brown-Headed Cowbird but I'm not sure   I also can't pick a favorite bird in my neighborhood, but I have been taking some pictures, like this one of a White-Breasted Nuthatch   RSCN1374
    • Jay
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      jaysears
      Here is a Pileated woodpecker. The sound is so unique it is fun to try and track them when you hear the sound far off in the distance. There are a number of different woodpeckers I've been able to find locally (Rye, NY) including pileated, downy, red-bellied and northern flicker. IMG_4927
    • Jeanne
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      JaeTea
      The bird wall is absolutely amazing! I could explore it all day! It is hard to pick my favorite birds but I really love the Bird s of Paradise for their magnificent displays! Then I love the Bower birds for best building & displays as well! So I am really glad those birds were highlighted! I also loved that the mural incorporated the early birds from fossil evidence. I have been researching about these fossils & I would love to see on th e fossil history of birds! So thankful for the artist that created this walk if birds! A true genius! Than You!
    • Shauna
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      shaunieb
      This was a terrific look at the groups of birds I like to watch. It had never crossed my mind that juncos are a type of sparrow. Of course! The Wall of Birds is beautiful. What a fantastic interactive. I will share with my students on zoom, who have yet to awaken to the awesome diversity of birds. Thank you Ms. Kim - I'll be back to travel the world of birds. Hmmm...my favorite neighbourhood bird? Hard to say as I love them all, at different times of the year. In winter, I look for the harlequin ducks to come back from their lakeside cottages. They are so beautiful. I get a kick out of oystercatchers - they're clownish and squeaky. In the spring, I do my best to glimpse a rufous - I know they won't be in BC for long and they're exquisite. Come summer, I feel happy if I spot a brown creeper or a nuthatch scooching up a tree. Their distinctive calls are the only way I can find them. Once they give themselves away, out come the binoculars. Loving this course! Thank you.
      • Meghan
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        heyhey907
        Ditto on the junco being a sparrow! So interesting to learn. Thinking about the categories of birds already makes my bird watching more enjoyable. I see ducks and geese, robins, chickadees and nuthatches in my neighborhood. I think the black capped chickadee is my favorite. I watch them at the bird feeder on the window all year round and they make me appreciate the tenacity and beauty of life.
    • Jordan
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      jordn_lee
      One of my favorites is the Black-capped Chickadee. They're universally considered "super cute" (that's the scientific term) and have curious personalities. They're one of the first birds to come to a new feeder and easy to identify by sound even for new birders with their fee-bee song or the "chick-a-dee-dee-dee" alarm call. What's not to like? JLG01007-3
    • Meghan
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      Chirps: 1
      meghanennes
      Today I observed a variety of songbirds and waterfowl on the Charles River near my house: swan, mallard, robins, dove, and even a red winged blackbird from a distance. Used Merlin to identify this little guy as a common grackler, who got pretty close. You can't see it but the head was a brilliant blue! 20200601_153548
    • Rob
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      Ports1
      WhitebelliedSunbird
    • Fred
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      fjbanjo
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    • Phil
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      Pawhite1954
      024B88E4-17D6-4D70-9172-6A6862BCCFB1Well sometimes the favorite bird is the one close at hand. House Finches made a nest on the Easter Wreath on the front door. What fun it was to watch them grow and fledge.  
    • Mara
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      maracanlas
      I'm too slow for bird photography! But I've been making friends with a Grey Catbird who lives in my backyard. I think it watches me as much I watch it! It seems to be pretty bold and isnt' afraid to perch close to get an eyeful. Catbirds are...Flycatchers? Or Treecreepers? My catbird clings to the side of one of my tree hydrangeas. Maybe the answer is Other?? I think it's Other. I also have a pair of Northern Cardinals that have such gorgeoush colors. Cardinals are in the Finch/Bunting. group. And my yard borders on a wetland, so I frequently heard Red-Winged Blackbirds calling. They are, of course, in the Blackbird group, and one of the only birds I can reliably ID by sound right now because of their distinctive song.
    • Luis
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      Luis7910
      Activity 3: I like to go to the beach with my camera to photograph birds. This is one of my personal favorites I took of a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) with a fish in it's talons. This is one of my favorite birds because I find it very interesting how they can spot a fish from so high up and then successfully capture it. BaldEagle
    • Frank
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      falanke
      Activity 1: I chose the Common Loon for its haunting sound, good looks, and for being on the Canadian dollar coin, nicknamed a "Loonie." Activity 2: From three different groups, I saw the following birds in my immediate neighbourhood in Vancouver, Canada: -Northwestern Crow (Songbirds), Northern Flicker (Woodpeckers). And I heard an American Eagle (Raptors). Activity 3: My favourite local bird is the black-capped chickadee because of its beautiful song "fee-bee." I heard it for years and didn't know its source till I stumbled upon a website and heard it: https://nature-mentor.com/chickadee-calls-explained/ The other day I heard it and looked for it and found it! It made me realize how important it is to learn to identify birds by ear since often you can't see them.
      • Meghan
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        heyhey907
        Yes, the loon! We recently went on a short canoe trail with my toddler and there was a pair on nearly every lake and still they made me pause. So beautiful.
    • Aidan
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      Vexium
      One of my favorites that I commonly see in my neighborhood though, are Lesser Goldfinches. I love their machine gun songs and it's been nice having them as a permanent resident in the greenery of my complex. Here's a few photos I've taken: 5-22-20 Bay View Villas (5)5-13-20 Bay View Villas (1)  
    • Aidan
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      Chirps: 6
      Vexium
      A bird I've captured quite a few times near me, and probably my absolute favorite shorebird, is Killdeer. It's such a joy to hear the high pitched chirping on occasion when I visit nearby shorelines. The black and white stripes are so adorable! Here is an adult w/ an immature that I saw recently: 5-20-20 Coffee Ground Beach (2)
    • Abbey
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      maxpuggy
      IMG_7331IMG_7371Here I captured a beautiful male Baltimore Oriole with a red "necklace." Absolutely stunning! Next picture, I have a group of mallards waddling along on a stormy day. Here I have a male, a white domesticated mallard, and what appears to be a hybrid of the two. Any opinion on the identification of the mallards?IMG_7372
    • Alexander
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      ana.b.alex
      My son liked this Killdeer the most on our most recent trip.  Way in the back is a black bellied whistling duck, rare for Milwaukee WI.7A1CB9B9-E6F4-4B9B-AA66-56D0B81EA6A4
    • lisa
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      ls_coyne
      I've been enjoying watching Great Blue Herons form a new colony at the urban ponds not far from our house.  I think they are currently sitting on eggs! This was historically a sewage treatment catchment area that got re-puposed and rehabbed into wildlife habitat in urban Seattle. It attracts waterfowl, marsh birds and of course birders, who are always fun to talk to and willing to share their knowlege.
      • Heather
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        Heather McGuffin
        There's something magnificent about Great Blue Herons in a city, isn't there? How wonderful to have a colony. I live near a small urban pond in Ottawa (Canada) and one heron often comes by to feast on fish in the shallow water. It always makes my day to see it.
    • Larry
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      Larrymack
      IMG_1050 This guy in backyard yesterday.  Waxwing not sure if cedar or bohemian
      • Aidan
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        Vexium
        Definitely Cedar!
    • Mary
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      Chirps: 7
      MDV1952
      I have always enjoyed looking for and listening to birds but I am just learning more about identification.  This past year I have been trying to identify the birds I have seen on our property which includes open meadows, a forested area and a stream.  Some of the favorite birds I have observed include wild turkeys, a great blue heron, and great horned owls.   Two of my favorite songbirds that I have observed are the scarlet tanager and the Baltimore oriole.
    • Richard
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      rpesce1
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      • Richard
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        rpesce1
        Above is on Osprey taking lunch back to the perch. Captured photo on Florida Gulf Coast.
    • Andrea
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      Chirps: 2
      brain74
      My current favorite is a barred owl. This pic is a barred owlet in my back yard. It's been fun watching this little one and its sibling bumble around and discover the world. I also enjoy watching the parents hunt and deliver prey for the babies.1F5A4567 d
      • Jane
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        Chirps: 3
        Jane Leingang
        I hear barred owls in my neighborhood but I haven't spotted them yet. One of the things I like about FB birding is knowing to look for species when they are local. Other people mention what they have seen and heard and that helps me locate things.
    • Andrea
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      brain74
      My current favorite is a barred owl. This pic is a barred owlet in my back yard. It's been fun watching this little one and its sibling bumble around and discover the world. I also enjoy watching the parents hunt and deliver prey for the babies.1F5A4567 d
      • Aidan
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        Vexium
        Beautiful shot!
    • Ashton
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      Ashtondlt
      I don’t have any pictures, but recently a mute swan family near me has given birth to 8 cygnets! what group are swans in? Waterfowl?
    • Carol
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      creiser11
      I'm loving discovering so much more about birds!  Managed to get this shot of an indigo bunting.  I had heard of them but never seen one before.  Really exciting!Indigo bunting_crop
    • Ariel
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      ArielHubbard
      We found a rufous hummingbird, a towhee and a dark-eyed junco at our new birdfeeder at our house!
    • Amy
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      amygreenberg
      IMG_2184 This Scarlet Tanager inspired me to take this course. Today I've seen a nuthatch (which I didn't previously know was a "tree creeper", a mourning dove, and the usual blue jays, grackles, and cardinals. Cardinals I know are finches, grackles are blackbirds, but blue jays? Also finches maybe?
      • Abbey
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        maxpuggy
        Wow, Amy! I'm impressed! We have not had any scarlet tanagers at the feeders, but have seen them in the area. Cardinals are classified as grosbeaks technically, but grosbeaks and finches are often categorized together :) .
      • Deb
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        EvansDeb
        That is a great picture of the tanager!  Thanks for sharing it!
    • Debors
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      Ondracekdebora
      cardinalr Cardinals are one of my favorite birds that frequent our feeders year round.  Bird watching and photography is a new hobby and I am enjoying adding to my list of observed birds.  I am fortunate that the small town I live in is also a designated bird sanctuary.
    • David
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      WazzuForest
      American_Goldfinch_1 I always enjoy seeing the American Goldfinch show up at the backyard feeder in the spring.
    • patricia
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      patriciaij
      My favorite bird is the. Hummingbird, but I have seen it only once near my house this year. I tried to hang a feeder at the edge of a porch , shade, somewhat closed in, Instead of in a fruit tree and have not been able to lure one to that spot. looking at the wall  of birds was wonderful 3 species: the humming bird, the woodpecker, the finch? Is that correct?
    • Caroline
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      crothaug
      I spent some time watching birds from my porch by a lake in upstate New York this morning. Here's what I saw: lots of mallards, several ruby-throated hummingbirds, a dark-eyed junco, a blue jay, and a (I think) hairy woodpecker (whom my husband has named Harry). I didn't see our local common loons, but did hear them.
    • Geri
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      GDS001
      My back yard ends where the brackish mash begins between Georgia and Florida.  I am just beginning to learn about birds.  I found the breakout presented in this first lesson very helpful.  Some birds I have been able to broadly identify are:  mourning dove, ibis, great blue heron, humming bird, blue bird, cardinal, woodpecker, vulture.
    • Charles
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      CharlieD
      Carolina wrens are reportedly present here in Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain but not sure I have seen one. am trying to learn call, Recently had a hawk right outside our kitchen window I think it was Broad shouldered hawk but not sure
    • Mary
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      Msun99
      I've been paying more attention to the birds in my yard, recently, and have seen 20 different types, in at least 4 groups. Robins, sparrows, Downy Woodpecker, Ruby throated Hummingbird pair, Cardinal to name a few.  A new bird for me was a Indigo Bunting that was on my window feeder. It's hard say which bird is my favorite. I enjoy being able to ID them by sight or sound. 20200518_092236I was able to lure a male Cardinal closer by using eBird audio!
    • Sandra
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      Trinigyul
      This is the Coopers Hawk I used to see (but not as much now, as the trees are all now leafy! BTW, i live in Mississauga Ontario.  SandraMay 1 Hawk again
    • Sandra
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      Trinigyul
      There is a small woodlot abutting a local park that i go to during these Covid days. I found this little warbler and wonder if someone could tell me what it is.  I'm surprised at what I found as it's a very busy location! There's also a Cooper's Hawk with a nest.. thank goodness, there was a birder watching me one day and told me what hawk I'd been seeing. Liking the bird course so far.. Sandra green warbler
      • Louisa
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        lulu1
        Not sure, but looks like it might be a Golden-cheeked warbler based on the lack of streaking on the belly. If there is streaking that I’m just not seeing, could be a black-throated green warbler.
    • Mavis
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      mavisstreyffeler
      This morning in my backyard in Claremont CA, I saw:  western scrub jay, mourning doves, band-tailed pigeon, house finch, monarch butterfly, mourning cloak, cabbage white, baby bunny.  Hoping the black hooded oriole comes by for lunch again. It is 90* and no wind nor rain.
    • Theresa
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      Chirps: 6
      tet1512
      Activity 3--favorites in my neighborhood. I never get tired of seeing great egrets in the ponds of my neighborhood.  I associate them with early morning not only because that's when I usually see them but because they seem to match the still and calm of that time of day.  So slender and elegant, and so very bright white.  They're very zen.  :)  Another favorite that I often see in the same environment is the tree swallow.  They're so much fun to watch--they dart, they circle, they buzz the surface of the water.  If the light's not right, it's hard to see their beautiful color, but their head and shoulders are brilliantly blue and their fronts are gleaming white. Honestly, though, almost any bird can be my favorite at the moment that I see it or hear it, especially when it's unexpected or when it's something I haven't encountered before.  :)
      • Margaret
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        pegkahn
        Tree swallows. . . In at least two public parks (here in tree swallowsoutheast Michigan) it seems as though naturalists have erected nesting boxes that were intended for bluebirds but seem to be occupied by tree swallows.
      • Suzanne
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        SuzaLarr

        @Margaret We are in New York and watched a female bluebird confronting the tree swallows, in the nesting boxes. So interesting.

    • Lynelle
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      Chirps: 1
      Lynelle92
      Lesson one was very helpful as we placed birds in groups. Now I can place birds in categories based on their description. As a new birder it is very difficult to identify birds. The bird that stood out on the Wall of Birds was the Hispaniolan Spindalis. I enjoyed observing the bird and placing it in a particular grouping. The grouping I chose was songbirds.
    • Jessica
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      Chirps: 1
      jstieger
      I had no clue how many different kinds of birds are in my neighborhood until I hung feeders and really started paying attention. Some of my favorites are the Carolina wrens, the tufted titmice (only just recently started visiting my feeders), the dark-eyed juncos (have stopped visiting my feeders now that its warm for some reason), the American goldfinches, the red-bellied woodpeckers, the white-breasted nuthatches... honestly it's hard to just pick a few favorites! Attaching a couple recent photos from my backyard. We went to FL in February before everything really shut down and we visited the Flamingo Gardens. There were so many beautiful birds I'd never seen before! Attaching a photo from the bird sanctuary with some really cool looking wading birds. IMG_4807IMG_4788IMG_4320
    • Heather
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      HeatherElizabeth
      My favorite bird on the Wall of Birds was probably the Lilac-breasted Roller. I liked the folklore that goes with it. And it's pretty! Around my house, I've been primarily seeing songbirds. So far this spring, I have been able to identify mountain chickadees, nuthatches, stellar's jays, robins, and a dark-eyed junco. I haven't gotten any good photos of them though. I did see a raptor the other day, but couldn't get a good look at it.  I know that we get woodpeckers too, just haven't seen any yet this year. There were a couple hairy woodpeckers that spent all last summer in my backyard.
    • Erin
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      edurham
      I just installed a bird feeder to my window where I am teleworking, and it has brightened up my days so much! I love watching the range of different characteristics and feeding habits of the birds- it is delightful to see them up close. One of the first visitors was a male house finch. Then, later in the week, he showed up with a female, and they have visited together several times. My other favorite is a male tufted titmouse, with his tiny grey crest-he has been a regular guest.
    • Nadezhda
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      NadiaGlumova
      I really enjoy watching birds in my neighbourhood, especially Northern Flickers and Anna’s Hummingbirds. I like flickers because they’re so unlike other woodpeckers and have beautiful bright feather shafts in wings. Hummingbirds are just so cute and adorable! As I moved to Canada from Europe just a year ago, I can’t help getting fascinated by every bird I see around.
    • Geeta
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      geetajyothi
      Staying safer in the mountains of North Carolina we have had fun getting to know the birds in our yard - old Friends like the Cardinal and Robin who both would be special if they weren't so common.  We have a pair of Phoebe's who have looked into every window trying to get in the house.  The ruby-throated hummingbird loved our irisis - now gone since they have gone.  We have a Scarlet tanager high in the trees, a red-winged Blackbird who passed by for a day only.  Our wood thrush came later than normal and I don't know if the brown-spotted belly bird was it or a brown thrasher.  We hear our palliated woodpecker back, but haven't seen him yet.  The wild turkeys come singularly or in groups.  Guess that covers - songbirds, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, chicken-like birds.  there have also been wrens and chickadees. My favorite is the Phoebe because it is hanging around and I can get to know it.
      • Mavis
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        mavisstreyffeler
        Glad you gave us a location for your narrative
    • scott
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      barkow
      ugly day here in Miami, raining all day.  I still decided to go for a abbreviated bird walk with low expectations when it slowed down to drizzle. I was surprised to see a tree completely busy in the rain with a pair of downy woodpeckers which when I see I normally only see one,fighting? pair of red bellied woodpeckers  and a pair of smaller blue jays in the same medium size tree.  Does rain make birds more or less active?
    • Vashti
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      vashti
      From my deck, i often see downy woodpeckers, white throated sparrows and ravens. Northern harriers are a favorite bird that are common in my neighbourhood. They are easy to identify because of their white rump patch and the way that they glide just above the trees and shrubs.  I think a pair might be nesting nearby, since i've seen them a couple of times today.  The female is darker, but the male's underside looks strikingly light colored, with black on his wingtips.  I like the way they almost seem to float in the breeze as they glide along, and the elegant shape of their wings.
      • Mavis
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        mavisstreyffeler
        Where is your neighborhood?
      • Vashti
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        vashti

        @Mavis I live just outside of Beaverlodge, a small town in northern Alberta. The area is a mix of farmland and forests, and you can see the edge of theRocky Mountains to the southwest.

    • Jill
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      puffinjill
      I have been seeing a pileated woodpecker in my yard for a week or so now. I’m so excited because they are one of my favorites and rarely see them this close to home. What beautiful birds!  My house finches continue to entertain us with their sweet songs and antics.
      • Catherine
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        Chirps: 16
        cvanderplaats
        The pileated woodpecker fascinates me: it quite large and quite awkward, but strong!! We moved to a new location in suburban Montreal, and the other day I saw one as I looked out of my home-office window: just exploring the trunk of a multi-stemmed lilac. It is a bird I have actually seen quite frequently around here (and heard more often!), which surprises me, given the quite urban environment. Last Fall I saw one on a Hydro pole next to a busstop shelter--oblivious to the red light that had me stopped there. And just yesterday a hummingbird also streaked by my window--the first one I've seen in this area. All this (and the discussions between the cardinals and the blue jays in our cedar hedge :) give us some pleasure at the moment.
    • Ken
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      kdmarx
      The Wild Turkey is not really my favorite bird, but this is one of my favorite bird photos.  I live east of San Francisco Bay, where there a lot of wild turkeys.  My wife and son and I saw a flock in a park.  The hens and juveniles flew away when we approached, but this tom had no fear.  He stood there and posed for us while we got within 10 feet to take the photo.Wild Turkey
    • valerie
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      vrowe300
      • Valerie
        I have many Black birds in my yard on Cape Cod. I use to just think they were crows, ravens, or red wing blackbirds.  I now realize I have many common grackles. I find them to be just stunning with their luminous heads and beautiful tails.  I enjoy watching them fly, sing, and feed.
      • Melinda
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        melindaharris
        No photo, just a reply. I had never seen a grackle until about a dozen years ago. I live in north central Utah, and apparently they were starting to move north (warming climate?). Now they are everywhere! They spend a lot of time in parking lots, but as was mentioned in the intro to this Academy, it is wonderful to see wildlife in the most mundane of places! The call or song of the grackles is so charming! I watched as a few of the grackles hopped under the cars and we're looking up to the under carriage, I guess to find useful ( to them) tidbits. Not only are they charming us with their songs, but they are keeping our parking lots clean, and even cleaning the undersides of  our cars!
    • Jennifer
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      Scijen
      Activity 2 & 3: Recent sitings 2 California quail at my local nursery Several turkey vultures flying over the neighborhood House Finches in the backyard. Here’s one male perched on my fence. I love the cheerful chirping. Love all finches!B174E3B7-F421-401D-98CE-C25036A7519C
    • Yvo
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      YvoGoossens
      We live in Singapore which is a city-state, with over 5 million inhabitants. Yet we have quite a selection of birds in the parks and nature reserves. We live on the 5th floor of a condominium and from our balcony we have been able to spot: Blue-throated Bee-eaters (see picture), Blue-tailed Bee-eaters, Dollar birds, Oriental Pied Hornbills, Coppersmith Barbets,Oriental Honey-buzzards,and more. These birds come and perch on unused TV antennas on the roofs just across our balcony. We also have a sun-bird feeder (same as hummingbird feeders as used in the americas) and get regular visits from a pair of Olive-backed Sunbirds (see pictures)60D9AB5E-95A1-4380-8679-BBE5F52478FC33FC82CF-DEA4-45F5-BF6C-EF5D4425D15C91DA4E08-B362-4CFF-9014-A8B798E392D4
    • Jennifer
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      Scijen
      Looking at the Wall of Birds and watching an episode of Our Planet, I’m really fascinated by the Wandering Albatross. So huge and what a life! Watch the series. Great bird footage in the episodes I’ve seen so far.
    • Jennifer
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      jeneagan
      IMG_3968 This is a picture of an Anna's hummingbird taken from my patio in the Bay Area, which I feel lucky to get.  I am also fascinated by Kingfishers (which we don't have many of in CA, but I enjoyed on the wall), Crows, Red-Wing Blackbirds, and my new friends are the bunch of Cedar Waxwings who put on a show in our neighborhood stripping a tree of its berries.  They are so fast!
    • Carlos
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      cadel001
      From my living room in Crown Heights NYC, I spotted two scarlet tanagers (?) fluttering about--haven't seen either since. IMG_9120
    • Cara
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      Yesleks
      IMG_20200509_191828_494 I was so happy to be able to sit an watch these two Scarlet Honeyeaters on a bushwalk not far from my home during one of my iso-walks! They are Australia's smallest honeyeaters apparently, and they were indeed tiny. They didn't mind that I was sitting about a metre and a half away from them as they licked nectar from bottlebrush flowers. So very very pretty.
    • Kathleen
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      ladykathleen
      My favorite bird here in the Chesapeake Bay are the Osprey and Great Blue Heron.   They are abundant here.  I learned that of the 100,00o mating pairs of Osprey in the US, 30,000 are living on the Bay.  As a sailor, the return of the Osprey in the area fills my heart and lifts by spirit because they signal sailing season.  :-) They are so magnificent to watch, building their nests and speed diving for fish.  On the boat, we are able to get close enough to see the babies growing up over the season.
      • Jennifer
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        Scijen
        My husband and I went for a walk around the pond/wetland area in our neighborhood in Redding, CA and saw an osprey cruising overhead. That was a first and pretty magnificent. We usually see them by the Sacramento River.
    • Laura
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      lputnam
      I went on a short walk today to do this activity, and saw a red tail hawk, a bunch of robins and sparrows and grackles, a goldfinch, and I think an oriole (I couldn’t get close enough to get a good look.) I’m looking forward to improving my identification skills, especially recognizing songs.   But my favorite birds in my neighborhood are some plain old English sparrows who have a nest under the roof of my neighbor’s house, right at eye level from my apartment balcony. I know they can be bullies and they’re invasive, but I love watching this pair work together to build their nest. They have such great communication and such ingenuity. I’m really rooting for them!
    • Kim
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      KimLongacre
      The coolest birds I've seen are caracaras and scissortail flycatchers.  My favorite singers are carolina wrens. I am a bit of a luddite so it is difficult for me to get any camera shots...yet. What I want to practice is learning their calls. I was on a hike yesterday and heard so many new songs- but I couldn't spot a single feather!
    • Kara
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      kfawley
      At first I thought the only bird groups I'd be able to identify in my neighborhood were songbirds, but then I realized I saw a blue heron and (what I think was) a sandpiper by a nearby river, and just yesterday I saw a female downy woodpecker. My current favorite bird is a wood thrush, because now I have been able to identify which bird makes those lovely, haunting chords in the woods. I was very excited when my new binoculars helped to fade out some tree branches to help me spot one singing! My current goal, however, is to spot a kestrel. I agree with the comment below that I struggle to identify the "fliers" as well.
    • Jennifer
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      jcannady13
      ED1F9FA7-9A38-4556-A280-795A8288A55EI saw a goldfinch yesterday at my feeder. This spring we’ve also seen male rose breasted grosbeak several times. Photo of him here
    • Eleanor
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      nelltfoote
      I would like to learn how to identify the "fliers" that I see every morning here in Boston.  Flying high in small groups, obviously catching insects, and chirping the entire time.  They never come low enough for me to see their color, and they never seem to land, so how in the world do you identify them?  They have the wing shape that I think of as a swift, or possibly a nightjar.  I can't tell how big they are because they are flying so high.  Does anyone know what bird this is?  Or have a suggestion for how to tell?  I'm sure anyone else looking up at in the Boston morning sky must see them every day too.
    • Patrick
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      pyoung_2024
      sage grouseMy favorite bird of all time is the Sage Grouse. I have never seen one in person, but I have watched multiple documentaries on these creatures. The way these birds strut an live is amazing.
    • Benita
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      jbcasselman
      In picking a few of my favorite birds, I chose the yellow warbler from the warbler category, the painted bunting from the finch group and the Western blue bird in the Other group. I love to see these colorful examples of songbirds.  I watched a yellow warbler today, as a matter of fact, and many Oklahoma birders are snapping fantastic pics of the painted buntings.  We have an abundance of Eastern blue birds, but I have never seen a Western one, maybe someday.
    • Barbara
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      beilert
      IMG_2743 The Mallard ducks and their babies in my area have been so much fun to observe. Canada Goose pairs, cardinals, blue jays, and others have been present. I enjoyed beginning to observe shapes/size and then narrow down to other characteristics to identify various birds on my walks.
    • Erica
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      eccmpls
      My bird identification story relevant to this lesson: This afternoon I was looking outside and saw an unfamiliar bird at the birdbath. Before I looked away to get my phone and open up the Merlin app, I made myself look at all the characteristics that I thought might help me identify it. How long is the beak (short and thin), how long is the tail (medium), what is it doing (drinking water, then hopping on the ground), what distinctive markings does it have (a black cap, otherwise it was all gray), and how big is it (a little bigger than a sparrow). I believe it was a Gray Catbird. I've never seen one before! I live right in the city (Minneapolis) and currently near a lot of construction. I'm amazed that any birds take me up on the offer of birdseed and water, much less new and different birds now and then.
    • Aaron
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      A.M.Bradley
      My favorite birds around here are Painted Bunting, Peregrine Falcon, and Wood Duck.Screen Shot 2020-05-18 at 5.24.43 PMScreen Shot 2020-05-18 at 5.25.20 PMScreen Shot 2020-05-19 at 12.30.22 PM
    • Marva
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      Marvalee
      My favorite bird is the Rose Breasted Grosbeak. They come by my house every year during the first two weeks in May. I love the males' coloring with the bright red marking on his chest, contrasted with the white and black feathers on the rest of his body. And the female is brown in color with streaks of lighter tan. She has a little light line over her eye that looks like eye liner. She is just beautiful. DSC09942
    • Craig
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      CKasmer
      BCC near foot Activity 3: Living in northern Michigan, the black-capped chickadees keep me company all-year 'round. I can feed them from my hand during the winter feeding flock periods and even though they are breaking into their nesting territories, a few still bless me with close encounters from time to time.
    • Jamie
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      JamieJoudrey
      Activity 2: Since spending all the time at home staring out at the tree near my kitchen window, I've seen so many new birds. There was a male American Robin hanging out on my deck, strutting his stuff for awhile and stealing dead plant fibers from my garden. There are a lot of regular Cardinals that come to visit. Not too long ago I saw medium sized songbird with a very pretty chirp and a yellow-orange chest, that I guessed was a Baltimore Oriole and the a similar-sized grey-brown bird with spots on his white chest, gobbling up the mayflies. That was a Swainson's Thrush. Can't wait to learn more about all the birbs!
    • Sommy and Chris
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      Cneidl
      I live in a cloud forest in costa rica we see motmots a lot in our backyard.Screen Shot 2020-05-19 at 8.07.22 AM  
    • Gerry
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      otoolg
      E6282EF2-7D21-4BB1-9009-B633499DFE30Each morning while I have coffee we are visited by this oriole
      • Aaron
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        A.M.Bradley
        Where do you live?
      • Cathy
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        cgtv123
        So cute.  What a nice way to start the day.
    • Susan
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      Chirps: 1
      Sholcraft
      7759858C-4355-4615-8B87-7577D4A30CC5409B157D-AB72-4560-A416-4596F78B35288699E76E-803D-4FBA-887B-0A8D8CC9F126Red breasted grosbeak passing through TN. Northern cardinals stay all year around. Not sure about blue one first time seeing him. Love watching the birds in my backyard. Trying to learn each’s song.
      • Aaron
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        A.M.Bradley
        The blue one is an Indigo Bunting. Cool!
    • Gabrielle
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      gaviots
      IMG_2368IMG_2410IMG_2417 Two Hairy Woodpeckers on our suet feeder. A Mallard family at Volunteer Park. A Bushtit nest in a neighbor's tree.
    • Aaron
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      A.M.Bradley
      Recently we have had a White-winged dove, a rare species in our area! It comes to our feeder. IMG_1256
    • Sylvia
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      SylCarno
      #2 - 3 types of birds I’ve seen in my neighbourhood: raptor (red-tailed hawk), hummingbird (Ruby-throated) and dove (mourning dove). 6DBDAC75-5D54-4AEB-B6F0-1CDBCE24482C
    • Ruby
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      rubysinghrao
      I saw a number of Western Scrub Jays. They are very territorial birds and I see them in the same location. I love the way the look, like an elegant plane and color coordinated at that. I've also seen a number of Red-winged Blackbirds, they have such a distinct song. Although I haven't been able to recognize a female yet.
    • Elizabeth
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      ESchlaudecker
      I saw a beautiful Eastern Bluebird during my bike ride today in Cincinnati, and I am always thrilled when I see one. I spotted another blue bird twice on my bike ride yesterday along the river, and it did not have the rust-colored chest that I typically see. It was brilliantly blue, almost turquoise. I am now doing some research to find out what I saw!
      • Ruby
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        rubysinghrao
        For some reason I get extra excited when I see blue birds. The ones in may area of San Francisco Bay area, that I have seen, are Western Scrub-Jay and Western Bluebird.
      • Aaron
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        A.M.Bradley
        This bird sounds like an Indigo Bunting or a Mountain Bluebird, depending on where you live.
    • Brianna
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      briJhickman
      Activity 1: I was fascinated by the bird ancestors and extinct birds. What a neat representation of them. Activity 2: This week I found a new bird at my feeder, and struggled to identify it. However, I finally was able to, and it turns out it was a female rose-breasted grosbeak. So exciting! We also have white breasted nuthatches in the neighborhood regularly and some sort of hawk. Activity 3: My favorite bird in my neighborhood is the blue jay. I love them! They're so loud and it's awesome.
    • Trevor
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      SomeCrazyStuff
      I think one of the most fun things I've found in bird watching so far is finding that one unique individual that just stands out. For example, I'm pretty sure that this HAS to be the wise old elder House Finch female. This is a picture of a picture, lol. Took the shot with my dslr and then shared with others (you guys) by snapping a picture with my phone of the picture review on the camera screen. 20200516_173649
      • Deb
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        EvansDeb
        The house finch parents MUST be some of the most patient birds on the planet!  Their fledglings are continuously following them and harassing them for food!  Even as those babies watch their parents eating at our feeder, the babies demand food from the parent instead of noticing where mom/dad is getting its food!  You can almost see the disgust in the parents' demeanor.  It's adorable, too, though.  The fledglings are easy to identify because they almost always have the cute tufts of down on their heads like in your picture, just like Alfalfa in the Little Rascals.
    • Leanne
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      lmortell
      I learned many interesting facts about various birds during these lessons, such as how several have lost their ability to fly.  I found the discussion on how to use different bird guides especially helpful.  I am fortunate to be in the countryside  in western New Hampshire where I can take walks through wooded areas and discovered multiple warblers migrating through.  I was excited to identify this Cape May Warbler this morning after seeing it in some marshyCape May Warbler brush just up my road yesterday.
    • Kathy
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      Khicks1539
      I am just starting this course and really enjoy it and all the photos and info people have posted.   I live on the central coast area of CA.  I really like the seabirds and wading birds that we can see over by the coast ( herons, egrets, cormorants, and gulls), but with the lockdown, I've been staying around my neighborhood, inland, and enjoying seeing and hearing the  garden and house birds., as I go for  a walk each day.  I was excited to hear what I thought was a mockingbird, though I didn't know what one looked like, and came home to look it up and sure enough, there is one nearby.  A friend had given me a birdbath for my apartment patio several months ago, and I had never seen any birds come to use it until last week when a couple of little sparrows come every day to splash in it.  That has been fun to watch. Activity # 1:   I liked looking up info on the Puffin and  Blue Footed Booby  as they are unusual in coloring, and it was nice to hear the cardinal again  ( we don't have them in our part of CA and there was one that used to come to the tree outside my aunt's house in Kansas when I lived there one year when she was ill, and it's singing always brought a smile to our faces.) I'm looking forward to learning more about birds, and am grateful to a friend who gifted me with this course.
    • Deborah
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      debolev
      I am staying with my parents for a few weeks in a New York City suburb.  They have a few stray cats that they feed each day on the deck.  I have noticed that there are always 4 or 5 bluejays that gather around during feeding time in the trees around the deck.  As soon as the cats start to walk away, they descend on the food, often squawking and arguing over the leftovers.  The cats seem scared of them, as the birds are pretty aggressive.  Very interesting to watch! I just started this course, and I'm trying to identify all the birds I see each day around the yard.
    • Tina
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      TinaPete
      Favorite Bird Every morning, starting in February I heard yank yank yank high in the trees here in Portland Oregon in an area of mature conifers and broad leaf trees.  Red Breasted Nuthatch (RBN).  Heard, but not seen.  Starting in mid-May one individual RBN began to actively feed in the trees and even ventured down to the potted plants on my balcony.  It was picking insects and spiders from the plants.  I had combed out my brush and left some hair in one pot, thinking that the Anna's hummers would use it for nesting.  It was a good surprise to see the RBN swoop into the pot and fly off with a soft bundle of hair to line it's cavity nest. I don't know why I never see more than one RBN at a time around the trees but I am glad that that one is nesting.
    • Sam
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      samalama
      So I took a chill hike in the mountains today.  We saw a bunch of birds and identified a few that we were able to find and take the time to observe.  My favorite was the white-headed woodpecker, which was a basis for a discussion on whether or not it was a woodpecker. We didn't observe it pecking at the tree nor did we see any red on its head (which I always thought was woodpecker distinguishing).  After some research (thanks Merlin), we were able to identify it and learned that its pretty common in the Sierras and forrest in the west which I think is pretty dang cool.
    • Ozzie
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      OzzieYS
      IMG_1721May 14, 2020 This is a tree swallow I saw at a park near my home in southwestern Ohio. The park has a large pond and is surrounded by fields. It is home to  many swallows, robins, doves, red-winged black birds, and sometimes even a heron. I did not know what kind of swallow this was until I got home and identified it with my Peterson's Field Guide. Learning about the bird groups in this first lesson helped me narrow down the choices. Also on this walk, my dog sniffed out a small, white egg under a shrubby evergreen. The egg was about the size of a large jellybean. Although it appeared to be whole, it was hollow and old. Perhaps it was a swallow's egg.
    • Jenifer
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      jenpich
      I live in west Sonoma County in California and I've identified two new birds this week around my house (so hard to get pictures of them though): In addition to the robins, towhees, scrub jays, crows and hawks I already knew about, I've identified a white breasted nuthatch that must have chicks in a birdhouse next door.  I've been watching it bring back food every few minutes in the evenings. A pair of red or purple (can't tell yet) house finches have been discussing housing on our front porch, and just began building a nest just outside our front door. I just installed two new feeders and three new bird houses in the trees.  So far the squirrels haven't been able to get into the food :)  
      • Aaron
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        A.M.Bradley
        You have to types of finches that are in your area right now: purple finches and house finches. House finches have a bright red head and breast and rump. Purple finches have raspberry red heads, breasts, and top half their backs. Hope this helps!
    • Mary
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      coombsmary
      Hi - I'm writing from Massachusetts where I have the great fortune to live near the town forest which has deep woodland and a river - all kinds of wildlife to see! Activity #1 - Wall of Birds - I could have voted up every bird - and plan to revisit the wall often. I started at the bottom of the leader board to choose a couple of birds that were of particular interest. I found the Toucan Barbet interesting because of the way the pair sing with other - though not beautiful music I enjoyed the clicking that the female makes to accompany her mate - she is the percussionist! I also voted up the Egyptian Plover - of interest for the way the adults wet their underside and then lay over the sand that their chicks are buried in to keep them cool in the heat of the day - bird HVAC if you will! Activity#2 - Birds from different groups - I am very new at identifying birds so my choices are commonly known and found. For songbirds I have a Carolina Wren - a pair have nested in various structures at our house the last few years - this year it is in a basket on the wall of the house near the front door. second - Waterfowl group - We saw what I believe are Ring-Necked Ducks in a nearby conservation area as well as Mute Swans, mallards, and canvas back ducks. And third - in the raptor group what I think is a red-tailed hawk that has taken to hanging out over our yard (which is full of chipmunks, squirrels and song birds). fullsizeoutput_1068P1030163fullsizeoutput_154b Activity #3 - My favorite local bird is one I haven't actually seen - it is the Wood Thrush in the town forest - we often walk into the early evening and we are sometimes fortunate to hear its most beautiful melodious and ethereal song.
      • Sylvia
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        SylCarno
        I live just north of Toronto Canada and I saw a red-tailed hawk yesterday in the woods next to us.  All the other birds went crazy and tried to drive him away! #3 My favourite local bird is the Baltimore Oriole. I’ve seen both a male and a female at my feeder.41BBEF70-A58B-48C7-BD07-565E2F73A3C9A85820D7-FC08-4D24-BA15-0A9DC2534C634D5A1B58-F38A-4011-B5F1-274B6DE53396
    • celeste
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      RiverPoppy76
      A favorite bird in my neighborhood is the ScarletsP0C5IK8Siu3kQitZog55g Tanager - absolutely striking, and easy to ID! :-) I'm from California and hadn't seen one before moving here to the East Coast, and starting up birding just recently.  Have seen two so far - the one in the picture followed me along the trail a ways, and wasn't shy so I was able to actually snap a photo.
    • Trevor
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      SomeCrazyStuff
      I don't know that I could pick a favorite of my local birds. Originally I loved the Northern Paula as I thought the call it made, a very rapid succession of rising notes, while it threw its head back almost seeming to be laughing hysterically was the coolest thing. Then I discovered Carolina wrens in my back yard and loved how spunky they were. Then I discovered Roseate Spoonbills nearby. Them being commonly mistaken for flamingos brought a little bit of exotic thrill. Then I realized just how many Pelicans I see day after day and got a few really good photos of both American White Pelicans with fish in their bills and of Brown Pelicans which are our state bird. Then I discovered Anhingas. I've been calling them swamp bats because they're always perched just above the water, sometimes on a log and others in low hanging branches, with their wings spread wide open. I found out that they don't produce as much waterproofing oil as needed (or maybe it was they don't produce any waterproofing oils) to allow them to stay mostly dry while in the water and need to sun dry their wings for easier flight. Then I discovered just how many different sounds a Bluejay can make. Mine whistle while bobbing their whole body up and down (which makes it look like them look like they are the HAPPIEST birds ever nearly jumping for joy) and chatter like monkeys and make tiny chirps almost like whispering to each other and sound their loud, raucous calls just to try to describe a few of their sounds. Then there's Prothonotary Warblers, Baltimore Orioles, Pileated Woodpeckers, Starlings, and Crows. I've decided Crows must love crunchy Cheetohs because there's been so many times that I've seen a flock of them fussing over Cheetohs. I think one day I am going to go buy a small bag of Cheetohs, dump them out, and just watch the Crows go for them. I still haven't mentioned red winged black birds or wood ducks or muscovy ducks or black bellied whistling ducks or bald eagles or belted kingfishers or cormorants or gulls or doves or pigeons or owls.. the list just keeps going! PeekabooOwl (1 of 1)AmericanWhitePelicans (2 of 2)NorthernParula (1 of 1)
      • Leanne
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        lmortell
        Fantastic owl photo!  That's an award-winner.  I'm jealous, as I have heard a pair of owls around my area and the one time I saw it in a beautiful position for a photo, I didn't have my camera with me-oh the pain of it all.  Thanks for sharing these and good luck with future photos.
      • Brianna
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        briJhickman
        Wow! What a striking owl photo. So impressive!
    • celeste
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      RiverPoppy76
      Activity 2 - I went on a long birding walk this morning along the Delaware River and saw a variety of birds, so I'm excited to do this one! 1) Saw a solitary sandpiper - which was very difficult to ID but I'm pretty sure it was that - from the shorebirds group. 2) Saw a Downy Woodpecker - which certainly is close to the Hairy woodpecker - but Id'd it based on its small size.  From the Woodpecker group. 3) Golden-winged warbler - which I Id'd based on it's black marking on its head -- it was difficult to ID also, warblers are tough! there are so many of them, and they're so small! So that is from the songbird category, and warbler group.... This walk is great because you go through an open field, and then into woodlands along a river with little marsh areas mixed in so there were lots of different types of birds to try and see!
    • celeste
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      RiverPoppy76
      Activity 1 - I chose the Bermuda Petrel. I'm drawn to seabirds, and interesting to know that this one is one of the rarest there is! Since I had to postpone a trip to Bermuda due to Covid, I'm hoping to get to see this one when I get to go sometime in the future! Pretty amazing that it was thought to be extinct for 300 years and now it's coming back (but still endangered).  Looks like my trip will have to include a visit to Nonsuch island if possible.
      • Sheilah
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        dolslose
        Hi Celeste, you inspired my curiosity about the Bermuda petrel, so I looked them up. What a fascinating conservation story! I hope they continue to increase.
    • Jane
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      Chirps: 1
      janepell
      I live in Norfolk, Virginia, and I am new to birding. I have a lot to learn. I completed this exercise by looking up birds of the Wall of Birds that are common in my area and I derived a short list of backyard birds for my zip code using eBird. I then took my lists to All About Birds and looked up five birds to learn more about their colors and sizes, behaviors, foods and habitats. The birds I researched were the Northern cardinal, American Robin, Red-shouldered Hawk, Blue Heron and the Mallard. I listened to the songs of each bird to see if I could hear any of the calls in my surroundings. I have seen the cardinal and robin in my yard and a Blue Heron and Mallard on my daily walks. Today I think I heard a cardinal singing while I was gardening. This exercise had heightened my awareness of the birds in my local environment.
    • Cheryl
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      ccdubose
      This is the Malayan Night Heron. I choose the bird because I am visiting Taiwan and it was the first bird I was able to identify, and I think it is beautiful.  I’ve seen it twice, by a pond hunting fish, and on the ground by a bike trail.  Both times is was quite unafraid and allowed me to get close to it. 2114FE1E-6E79-41AF-97CE-AAC9D62BA0B0
      • Amanda
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        mandi_huixin
        What a cool bird, thanks for sharing. I went to Taiwan last summer and had a wonderful time. I hope you have a good trip!
    • Amanda
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