• Bob
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      Activity #2 Chicken like birds - wild turkey. We often see them near the side of the road near the cottage or, in small groups, in the middle of a field closer to home Woodpeckers; this past summer we had a Downy woodpecker as a regular visitor to our backyard and feeder Songbirds - Nuthatches. We’ve had a popular feeder for years but this winter both red and white breasted nuthatches started to visit it regularly.
    • Bob
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      There are so many interesting birds in The Wall of Birds! You could lose track of time poking around there.
    • Brandi
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      Activity 1: Hard to choose a favorite--so many fascinating birds in our beautiful world!!  A few that I'm extremely fond of would have to be the Emperor Penguin and any of the hummingbirds!  Activity 3: I've shared a few pictures from my backyard--for some reason, the chickadees will sometimes run into our back door and they will stun themselves.  This little fella in the first picture was out cold.  I picked him up and held him to keep him safe until he was able to fly away.  In the second picture is our friend Chuck the Duck, a Muscovy Duck.  We raised him from a duckling--he was abandoned as a baby.  His favorite treat is blueberries and he will come to our door to let us know when he's hungry! :) IMG_0345IMG_8807
    • Christopher
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      Image of a hawk in my backyard. I believe it is a young Goshawk eating a bird. I did see a pair them in a tree but did not get a picture. I live in Maryland and wondered if there are other hawks that this bird might be. I have seen a red-tailed hawk in the same area but it looks very different.20190814_124318 (1)
    • Esteban
      Participant
      Chirps: 164
      Why does the summer tanager is in the Cardinalidae family and not in the Thraupidae family?  
      • Elizabeth
        Bird Academy
        The summer tanager and other species in the Piranga genus were originally placed in the Thraupidae family. However, more recent genetic testing has shown they actually belong in the Cardinalidae family.
    • Esteban
      Participant
      Chirps: 164
      There is one bird that always catches my eye, the burrowing owl. I like it because it builds its nest underground. Though I had never seen it I like it. Another two of my birds are te American redstart( Setophaga Ruticilla) and the kingfisher.
    • Graham
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I constantly see these little guys in the forest behind are house and at the feeders we have up. And they Make amazing calls. I found out they where tufted titmice.
    • Christopher
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      Activity One: Puffin Activity Two: I saw a waterfowl during Christmas break known as Brandts and I see cardinal more this year which are in the finches/buntings category. Activity Three: I love mourning doves, but also love cardinals, bluejays, and red tail hawks which are seen more and more common around here.
    • Joyce
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      DSC03733 Red-breasted nuthatches, from tree creeper group have been at my feeders this winter. They are tiny but feisty when challenging the chickadees for feeder space!
    • Christopher
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
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      • Theresa
        Participant
        Chirps: 2
        I am thinking it may be a Cooper's hawk staking out the neighbor's bird feeder for it's next meal. Cooper's hawks eat birds. Theresa
    • Nicole
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      3DC59023-BF28-4C05-B422-75E2D756EE73My favorite bird is the pelican. I live near the beach and  have seen the brown pelican ,and the American oyster catcher . I enjoy them bothAB88D283-3B83-445C-AB9F-64C0C97C2F5E
    • Karen
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      We live in NYS, two hours north of NYC. My husband took these images of the lovely cardinal couple that visits our feeders and plays in the snow. Cardinal Pair-Got Milk-
      • Laurie
        Participant
        Chirps: 1
        i am very envious of these two shots! i have been taking cardinal picks from my desk and its hard to get them so close together!! and that snow covered beak!!! Print them out!!
    • Jason
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      Which group is a house crow in? It seemed like it was in songbirds, but that didn't make too much sense to me.
      • Elizabeth
        Bird Academy
        Yes, it may seem surprising but crows are in fact Passeriformes, or songbirds.
    • Beatriz
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      Activity 1: My favorite birds from the Wall of Birds are the Wood Duck, Blue-footed Booby and Shoebill.   Activity 2: In my backyard I often found Sparrows, Hummingbirds and White-winged Doves, sometimes Blackbirds that I’m not able to identify yet. I live in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. IMG_7191 IMG_8046 Activity 3: Hummingbirds, they are my favorite because of their pretty shades of green and the way they fly around.
    • Denise
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      Activity 3:  I live in a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, and one of my favourite backyard visitors is the pileated woodpecker.   I've learned this guy is a male -- you can tell by his red moustache. Activity 2:   I've been taking long walks along an urban lake and have been working on identifying all the different water birds.   My favourite there was a Canada Goose, not because it was a Canada Goose but because it did "summersaults" in the water.  It would suddenly pitch its head forward into the water and flip completely upside down, then did some crazy kicks to complete the roll and bring its head back up, swam a bit, and then did it all over again.IMGP1403
    • Bruce
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      Black-crowned Night-Heron I've often encountered a Black-crowned Night Heron through binoculars on the far side of a pond.  But this time, one just sidled up to me in an outdoor restaurant in Mission Bay, San Diego, CA.
    • Emma
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      Three birds that frequent my garden feeders here in Colorado are: House Finches- which are a type of finch, they will spend a long time sitting on the feeder sorting through seeds and other bits. Dark eyed juncos- which are a type of sparrow, they go on the ground under the feeder while the other birds feed clearing up the fallen rejected seeds and nuts. Chickadee- I'm not sure what type a chickadee is... but it seems to fit the behaviour of a flycatcher as it darts back and forth from feeder to branch, but it feeds on nuts and seeds rather than insects from what I can see soooo......?
    • barbara
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      • 0B000915-7C03-4212-B6E3-4D158B75B847On cold winter days I find myself looking through my photos from last summer. I had a blast watching this American Goldfinch feeding her young. I can’t wait till spring!! Another highlight was the family of 5 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Hope to see them all soon!!F62D2060-AB0F-47AC-9FCC-9714F8E69C61
      • Theresa
        Participant
        Chirps: 2
        I believe that is a male Goldfinch. The Female is not so bright yellow. In winter he will look olive drab. Here along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi I saw these birds every year and could not identify them. Seems all my field guides only showed goldfinches in their bright yellow breeding colors. Theresa
    • Loyal
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      7235DA8F-FF09-432D-BB2D-D067F880C4E1This beautiful bird sits in the trees in our backyard every evening.
    • David
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      Activity 2: The feeders in my Kansas City area patio attract several varieties that I see regularly.  Doves often come in flocks of 4 to 10.  The cute Carolina Wrens (songbirds) in singles or sometimes twos -- look the same, not sure of male/female.  And for woodpeckers, the Downy, Northern Flicker, and the Red Breasted.  I even got one photo through the kitchen blinds showing both a Flicker and Red Breasted on the same suet feeder -- that was cool.20201230_134848
    • Ashley
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      On our bird walk this morning, my 4yo and I spotted two blue jays, a few european starlings, and a ton of house sparrows. My daughter love spotting the birds with me and often sees ones I miss. I'm currently using Merlin Bird ID and sometimes do some more online research if I'm not quite sure it fits what the app finds.  I am looking into a book guide to supplement and have on hand.
      • Joyce
        Participant
        Chirps: 3
        I have always used the Petersen guide, but I would also like to check out the Sibley as I get more into identifying different birds. It is wonderful that you are exploring birds with your daughter. My two adult daughters and I are doing this course "together". They are in CO and I am in NH.
    • Nancy
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      IMG_3278Birds bring me so much joy and there are so many just outside my window. I would like to improve my bird identification. This raptor is an immature Bald Eagle I think. I use the Merlin app and my bird book. It is the "transitional" birds due to the changes with age and season that really challenge me
    • Kelly
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      IMG_4452 Here's my first scarlet tanager I spotted last summer in Newbury, MA. He was on the lowest tree branch and stayed nice and still for photos! Being bright red in New England made identification faster (I have mostly been using the Audubon app).
      • Nancy
        Participant
        Chirps: 8
        Beautiful, I enjoy the beak detail in this picture.
    • Stephanie
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      IMG_20200525_124508983_3 This is a red-golden pheasant in a local park in New Orleans. I was using the Audubon app for identification, but it wasn't in there. The reason being that this bird is not endemic to Louisiana! He was most likely abandoned or escaped from a coop. He's been in the park for years though and has become a bit of a legend!
      • Kelly
        Participant
        Chirps: 2
        He looks like he was on the move!
    • Robert
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I am looking forward to completing this course and another that my daughter bought for me for Christmas. Living in TN, I am very fortunate to be able to see from my kitchen window many different songbirds at my feeders; geese, ducks and cranes in my neighbors lake and a Coopers Hawk that roams the area. Now I need to buy a guide to take with me for my walks in the woods.