• Mary Jane
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      Chirps: 5
      I grew up looking at birds but not especially studying them. It is interesting in mid-life to expand on the foundation my parents set with me. There are plenty of birds that I would not look at twice as just “regular”, maybe “ugly” birds. But, now I have time and, seeing the same kinds of birds many times in a row, wonder more about them. Last year, I spent half an hour staring at a bird I could see very clearly, going back to the car at least twice to look it up in my Kaufman guide, then, my old Peterson’s guide. It seemed interesting and had lots of markings on it. I was pretty surprised/chagrined when I finally figured out it was the most common bird in North America, the European Starling. That was when I realized that they are no just noisy black birds. In fact, they have many colours and I can see so much more about them, including that they are not just a dull black bird (no such thing!); they have spots and shades of blue, green, depending on the light and time of year.
    • Carol
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      Chirps: 1
      I enjoyed using the interactive wall of birds. It was an entertaining way to learn about birds in different places far away from my home.  I live near a wooded area and see wild turkeys, many different song birds, and several species of woodpeckers. My favorite is a pileated woodpecker that visits the peanut suet feeder about the same time every afternoon, announcing its arrival by barking and drumming on a nearby tree.
    • Roxy
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      Chirps: 2
      I have been maintaining hummingbird feeders for quite a while now. It is so exciting seeing them interacting with the feeders and hanging out in the area! I also see many other birds visiting the yard.
    • Anna
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      Chirps: 1
      Activity 1 - wall of birds. I absolutely loved seeing all the different birds from around the world. The albatross is my absolute favorite!
    • Jacinthe
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      Chirps: 2
      I always thought that woodpeckers were strictly insectivores. We were observing two Pileated Woodpeckers pecking for food in a poplar tree. Suddenly,  the female flew to a Red Osier bush nearby and spent about 5 minutes picking and swallowing the white berries! Pileated Woodpecker in berries 2022-10-07 4mpPileated Woodpeckers Pillar Lake 2022-10-07
    • Kate
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      Chirps: 4
      I am 10 years old and I have loved starting my first Cornell Lab course.  I'm doing it with my grandmother who lives in South Carolina. We go birding together in the mornings. I can't believe all the birds that live there.  I hope this course helps me identify more birds in Nashville, so I can talk to her about those, too. So far, my favorite bird in Nashville is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird that I saw at Edwin Warner Park.
    • Jacinthe
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      Chirps: 2
      I went on Road 22, South Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada to familiarize with the area for futur birding trip. I spotted three ducks on the on the river. I thought from the bill lenght and hook that it might be a merganser. But the colour did not match any of what I knew about the Merganser species. I used the Merlin app to get some input. It suggested Hooded Merganser. I then when on All About Birds site to get more information about Hooded Merganser. The bird on this photo looks like a juvenile Hooded Mergenser. Am I correct?   Merlin 2022-09-25 Haynes Point C2J 008 1.4mp
    • Micah
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      Chirps: 1
      Macaw stood out to me, because I have always liked that majestic bird (probably because it was in the movie, Rio; I’m not sure)   2) One of my favorite birds to see is the Northern Flicker. It’s a woodpecker with a tan breast spotted with black dots. It has a black crescent under its neck. It’s wings are brown with black striping on the back. flickers will have striking yellow or red shafts in their wings and tail depending on the variation. Marking on the fave depend on male or female and yellow or red-shafted.   3) The Northern flicker is a woodpecker because of its short legs, short neck, and behavior. European starlings are songbirds. American Kestrel is a raptor.
    • Sandra
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      Chirps: 2
      I was able to get a photograph of this hawk in the back of my home in Queens, NYC.  I used to watch other hawks circling around the park in front the school I worked at.   hawk northern cardinal At home, northern cardinals have become frequent visitors. We also get visits from mourning doves, swallows, and one of my favorites, the blue jay.
    • Kai
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      Chirps: 1
      These are spotted turtle doves in my backyard in Melbourne, Australia. I started feeding them seeds in early 2020 during our lockdowns and now I have between ten to fifteen visiting daily. They are beautiful. They are cute, almost silent and fairly shy. A pair nested in the vines over my deck a few years ago and the babies looked over the edge of the nest at me whenever I went onto the deck. I also have crested pigeons, wattlebirds, magpies and occasionally lorikeets and galahs visiting. They are a highlight of my time at home.   spotted turtle doves
    • Tina
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      Chirps: 1
      I live in north west Vermont, so I'm always looking for birds that I might see in my area. On the wall of birds, the Cardinal stood out, being its one of my favorites. The three groups that I see the most are, jays, warblers and sparrows. I actually have two favorite birds that come to my yard, the cardinals and bluejays. I have a DSLR camera and I'm trying to get photos of all my visitors, I have photos of about all of them, but great photos are few and far between.
    • Michelle
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      Chirps: 2
      Activity 3: Little Wattlebird: (Family Meliphagidae (honey eaters and chats),  Anthochera chryoptera) frequents the Banksia tree in the garden out my front door. Nectar feeder and loves feeding on the Banksia flowers and any Aloe flowers (tubular) both available now in our winter months in SE Australia. Apparently does also feeds on insects and berries. Bill is short to medium downcurved. Medium size body and legs, with feathers appearing browny colour with obvious white streaks on body and has conspicuous white tips of tail seen as it flits from branch to flowers. Nervous, does not sit long in any one area of tree or flower. Calls not always pleasant sound.
    • Donna
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      Chirps: 2
      Activity #1: I'm really enjoying the Wall of Birds with my 5-year-old grandson. Each time he comes over, we look at and read about a different bird, starting with the ones near us in Ohio. We really like the Great Blue Heron and have one that flies over our village a lot.
    • Michael Kesterson
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      Chirps: 1
      I work at an elementary school in Los Angeles. My students and I love watching Black Phoebes catch insects outside our classroom!   https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black_Phoebe/overview
    • Caitlin
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      Chirps: 2
      PXL_20220727_212221714 (1) I live in Northwest Arkansas where we apparently have 7 different species of woodpeckers! In my neighborhood I've spotted the Northern Flicker, Red-bellied woodpecker, Pileated woodpecker, Red-headed woodpecker and pictured here - a downy woodpecker taking some sips out of our hummingbird feeder! The hummers were NOT pleased!
      • Donna
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        Chirps: 2
        When my grandson was born, I spent a lot more time sitting on my swing in the back yard, letting the baby sleep in my arms. I hadn't realized that there was a downy woodpecker living in/around my yard until then. I spent a lot of time enjoying the sights of the baby and the woodpecker!
    • Linda
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      Chirps: 1
      Activity #1 - Loved the bird wall. I could spend hours on this, but one of my favorites so far is the Saddle-Billed Stork found in Africa. The colors were magnificent and unique. Activity #2 - Attached is a photo of a bird - taken in Southern California. I believe it is a Robin??? - IMG_2447 Activity #3 - One of my favorite birds in my neighborhood is the grosbeakgrosbeak-5356289__340
    • Ariel
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      Chirps: 1
      Activity #1: The wall is a good way to explore various birds...you can do it in the Merlin app as well, but having it on a map and with random access to any bird that seems intriguing makes it easier to just explore. For Activity #2, I did some id'ing only in my front yard, found 4 birds from the Songbirds group, a flycatcher (Black Phoebe), two sparrows (California Towhee and Dark-eyed Junco) and a blackbird (Brown-headed Cowbird).
    • Pam
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      Chirps: 3
      I love the Wall of Birds. The ones that don't occur where I live or have lived are especially intriguing for their novelty. Of the ones that occur near me, my favourites are the Common Loon and the Great Blue Heron. I see the Great Blue Heron more frequently, but the Common Loon is especially exciting to find, other than on our Canadian dollar coin, which we call a "loonie" because it has a loon engraved on its surface. I love the sound of a loon! In marshy areas near me I can easily identify the red-winged blackbirds by sound, often alerting me to the exact location. A couple of the marshes also have yellow-headed blackbirds. The bright yellow head and call that only a mother could love helps identify them.
      • Karen
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        Chirps: 2
        I love the wall of birds, too...it is SO COOL! I put the Merlin app on my phone, but I didn't have enough space to accommodate the package that has the birds to help you ID them. I need a new phone or to take off some apps, I guess...
    • Victoria
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      Chirps: 1
      DSC_0244_2 I believe this is a Great Heron that we spotted when we lived in California on the Central Coast. So powerful and graceful at the same time.
      • Pam
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        Chirps: 3
        Watching the great blue herons hunt is almost like watching a cat stalk its prey, totally focused and relentless. We have a heronry in one of our regional parks.
      • Karen
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        Chirps: 2
        I see Great Blue Herons wading in a creek behind my house sometimes...They are SO focused when they're hunting. I've also seen them roosting in the pine trees, which always surprises me. To see those long-legged water birds perching in trees is very cool to see!
    • Elissa
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      Chirps: 1
      Activity 3: White Breasted Nuthatch - I often see these visiting our bird feeder or suit feeder. It is kind of thrill to see them visit. They really stick out amongst our more common visitors - the sparrows and doves. For this activity, I downloaded the Merlin Bird ID app and listened to their calls. I'll be listening for these outside this week!
      • Caitlin
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        Chirps: 2
        I love the Nuthatch calls! We have them in our yard - I love to watch them walk upside down on our trees :)
    • Kay
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      Chirps: 2
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    • Sharon
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      Chirps: 4
      This year I've learned about the Great Crested Flycatcher.  I first so one at a local park and then was lucky enough to fine one in my back yard!  He had an unmistakable "wheep" like call.With dragongly (4)
    • Cynthia
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      Chirps: 1
      Went for a walk this morning and saw or heard Catbirds, Robins, Titmice, Song Sparrows, Crows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Great Blue Heron, Canada Geese, Mallards, Ruby throated Hummingbird, and Hairy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers.  Too hard to pick a favorite!  When the hummingbirds are here it is probably those and in the dead of winter it is probably the Cardinal but all birds are wonderful and interesting. Enjoyed the Wall of Birds interactive feature.
    • Linda Jo
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      Chirps: 1
      Activity #2.  Today I saw killdeer, Herrmann's gull, sandpipers, oyster catchers, a great blue heron and an osprey.  Needless to say, I live 1/2 mile from the Pacific Ocean!  Thank you for the course and for everyone sharing their bird pictures.
    • Mary Jane
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      Chirps: 5
      Very good intro so far. #1 Started exploring the Wall during this course. #2 When out earlier today, saw House Sparrows, Yellow Warblers, American Robins, Great Crested Flycatchers; Wood Ducks, Mallards, Canada Geese, Double-crested Cormorant; Ring-billed Gulls; Downy Woodpecker; Mourning Dove. #3 Happy to see that Great Crested Flycatchers have finally returned to town in good numbers. Also enjoying seeing American Redstarts this year. Both can be found near my home.D154ED58-0D81-41C6-8450-4546C76FE288