• Shari
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      I really enjoy the Mourning Doves. 7C833512-829D-473E-8241-4BE4CD21D267 By using the Merlin app I have been able to identify a few birds. The Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, and a Brown-Headed Cowbird. I love the app, it’s great.
    • Daniel
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      Activity 2: I saw a song sparrow, sparrow, greet blue heron, wading bird, and an osprey, raptor. Activity 3: A cardinal is at our bird feeder. It loves perching on the pole next to the feeder itself. It is bright red and so beautiful. Whenever I put new bird seed in the feeder, the cardinal is the first one to come to the bird feeder and watches over it.
    • Annabeth
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      One of my favorite birds is the White-Rumped Shama Their song is so beautiful I will never get tired of it. This is a male below bird pics
    • Quinn
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      My favorite bird is the Northern Flicker. It looks incredible when flying and has a unique polka dot look. I get to see them a lot near my home. northern-flicker-386389-01-29cd355fc42d427b8c01f0431ad62b41
      • Denise
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        I used to see Flickers a lot when we lived up in Michigan.  I love them and miss seeing them, now that we’re down in Florida! Great photo!
      • Pam
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        @Denise We've got lots of flickers and other types of woodpeckers here in the Okanagan Valley of B.C.  Other birds love to take over abandoned woodpecker holes.

    • Quinn
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      After nearly 2 years of looking, I finally saw a Barred Owl last week! They are elusive! IMG_1784
    • Liz
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      Hmmm.  What group are wrens in?  I often recognize a wren because of its bill shape.
    • Paget
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      Great intro.  Didn't know birds could fly in their sleep!  Too crazy.  There is a barn swallow nest right out my hotel window.  4  hungry babies and parent(s) non-stop feeding them.  Is it just the mom or is dad helping out as well?
    • Activity 2: Today I saw a Bahama Mockingbird, a lifer for me. There was a Northern Mockingbird also in the area so I could compare and contrast them. I also used apps on my phone to help me verify my identification of the Bahama Mockingbird. I found the Bahama Mockingbird thanks to eBird's Rare Bird Alerts. I highly recommend subscribing to them in your area.
    • Alicia
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      Activity #1: I first learned about the Wall of Birds after attending a Monarch Joint Venture webinar entitled: The Monarch Migrating Mural Project: Public Art as a Catalyst for Conservation. In this webinar, Jane Kim discussed her ongoing Monarch Migrating Campaign. She included the work she had done with the Wall of Birds and the same website we visited with this lesson. One of my favorites on the Wall is the Montezuma Quail. I just think they are super cute. I love the small head on the nice plump body.
    • Ron
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      Activity 3: This is one of my favorite birds which is active in my area right now, it is a Chinese Hwamei. I enjoy their song, which is very loud and long. I also like the white markings around the eye, it looks like a they are wearing a mask. Chinese Hwamei
    • Ron
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      Activity 2: Today I found Barn Swallows flying low over the grass as it rained, they are listed in the lesson as song birds who are great flyers, I also saw many Eurasian Tree Sparrows bouncing around foraging in the wet grass, they were listed as Sparrows in the lesson. The third type I saw for this activity was a pair of Blue Rock-Thrush, one male and one female. They were listed in the others category of song birds.
    • Tracy
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      Activity 2: went for a walk after this lesson and saw a woodpecker (Northern Flicker; red-shafted), I think a fly catcher (not sure what kind, but maybe a western wood pewee), songbird: American Robin, Eurasian Dove, Raptor (red-tailed hawk). Activity 3: I love all my neighborhood birds but am partial to American Robins and Black-Capped Chickadees. I like how the Robin runs along grass in the yard, as well as it’s song. I like the size and shape of the chickadees.
    • Susan
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      Today, on a walk around my neighborhood, I saw many cardinals (finches), a northern flicker (woodpecker), and some juvenile starlings, which I had to look up in Merlin since they were starling-shaped and sounded like starlings but were a plain grey rather than iridescent and speckled like adults!
    • evelyn
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      283079445_10227992577148831_5838488894825143937_nTook this image a few weeks ago. I believe this is a juvenile; hummingbird; not sure if it is an Anna's Hummingbird or Allen's. In any case this is in my backyard, he seems to like the succulents and the flowers of a peach tree we have.
    • Amy
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      One of my favorites is the White Rumped Shama, and we have one that lives in our backyard.  His songs are absolutely fantastic, especially the amazing, intricate, rapid runs.
    • Jeanne
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      From Activity #3:   Eastern Towhee 2022-05 I got a new camera this spring, with a zoom lens that's actually capable of taking bird pix that are good enough to help with identification. Here's an Eastern Towhee, taken in April at a nature preserve near here. Wood Duck 2022-05 And here's a Wood Duck, taken at a metropark near my house. Northern Flicker And here's a Northern Flicker. (ID's assisted by more knowledgeable friends.)
    • Lauri
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      I enjoy watching birds in my yard, but I also am beginning to enjoy birding as we travel in our region.  My favorite bird is a Northern Cardinal. They are so brightly colored and are easy for me to see. I have several pairs that visit my feed station daily. I have also begun to discern the difference in the many small, brown or gray birds that visit my feeder, such as the Chipping Sparrow, House Finches (female and males) and Eastern Wood Pee-Wee.  I am using Merlin to hear bird calls and song as well to know what birds are making all that noise!
    • Jenna
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      Activity 3 - There are wild turkeys in my neighborhood.  I can’t help but stop and watch them each time I see them. F1B5A965-0B53-43FB-8303-42351B7781F9
    • Laura
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      For activity 3: My favorite bird that I see in our area is the Northern Flicker.  I love its little reddish "hat," its black and white spots, its golden yellow wing feathers, and its grey feet.  It is a woodpecker, but it pecks on the ground and I think it looks funny.  I think that it's a beautiful bird!
      • Susan
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        I agree! The Northern Flicker is one I have been searching for since last year, and one just happened to be right in front of me on a walk today! It wasn't until it took off flying and I saw its yellow wings that I realized I finally got to see a Flicker  :)
    • Rania
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      For activity two:  At the park I saw some kind of tern, lots of songbirds, and a nest with great horned owls. Within the category of songbirds, I was able to recognize the warblers because of the yellow coloring and their body shape, but some others were not as easy to differentiate to such a newbie like me. For activity three: my favorite bird in my neighborhood so far is the one I could recognize, a Cardinal. I like that the males are so brightly colored and easily noticeable, and once I see the male if I look around him I’ll see a female pretty much always. So I like that they seem to travel as a pair.
    • Silverio Menchú
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      Yo vivo en el occidente de Guatemala y recientemente inicie con esta hermosa actividad de la observación de aves, me he dado cuenta que en mi ciudad hay pocos reportes de aves, y las personas le ponen poca atención por lo que me motiva a aprender mas y a colaborar porque las aves de mi ciudad sean mas conocidas, apreciadas y protegidas.  Del muro elegí un colibrí, me llaman mucho la atención y me cuesta mucho diferenciar las diferentes especies. En cuanto a la actividad 2, recientemente he observado un halcón Peregrino que es un ave rara en estos lugares, situación que me motiva en gran manera porque en realidad estoy en un campo poco explorado y genial en mi ciudad. Las aves comunes en mi vecindario son los gorriones, zopilotes y zanates, aunque también hay varios carpinteros belloteros.
    • Deb
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      6BFE3AE5-DA4B-4189-861D-2767A60171EB I discovered this guy in a tree not far from where I live. Isn’t he a beauty?
      • WLMII
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        Nice find!  What kind of owl is he?
      • Liz
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        @WLMII Short eared?

      • Juanita
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        He is beautiful!
    • Erin
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      Activity 2: I saw birds from the wading group (egrets and herons), the seabird group (pelican. cormorant), and the songbird group (Vermilion Flycatcher). I had help! I did a kayak intro to bird-watching tour this past weekend at Watson Lake in Prescott. They said it was unusual to see a pelican there, so that was cool! Activity 3: I like mourning doves because they are everywhere and easy to find and photograph, which makes them wonderful to practice photography on! (I recently got a camera.)IMGP8540IMGP8541
      • WLMII
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        It is nice to have an consistent subject to photograph.  I have a lot of Robin photos for the same reasons, everywhere and easy to find and photograph.  I'm sure you've seen that even common sights like the Mourning Dove and American Robin can reveal a lot when observed for a while through a camera lens.  Thanks for sharing.
    • Mark
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      There are so many fascinating birds to choose from it's hard to narrow it down to one but my favorite would have to be the Arctic Tern for the insanely long distance it migrates annually. I sat on my patio for a while today and saw the usual visitors to my feeders, some House Finches and Sparrows, a California Towhee, and some Morning Doves. But then a tiny little yellow bird appeared and I couldn't get a good look at first because he was chasing bugs around inside the tree, then he took a break on an outer branch revealing the black stripe on his crown, a Wilson Warbler. So far there isn't a great variety of birds in the area where I live but the Doves are fun birds, they sound so sad at times but they are very friendly, they don't seem to mind if people are around the feeders or water, they fly right in and get a drink and a snack.
    • WLMII
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      Activity 1: I picked the Northern Cardinal, Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, and the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.  I've had some recent encounters with these birds so they stood out the most to me as ones I wanted to learn more about. Activity 2: 3 birds that I've seen recently are the Red-headed Woodpecker which is rare in my region, the Ruby-Crowned Kinglet which made an appearance outside my kitchen window this morning with that ruby crown exposed, and a male breeding plumage Yellow-Rumped Warbler. Activity 3: Unfortunately I don't have a photo of my favorite bird which I've seen in my neighborhood.  It is the Pied-billed Grebe https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pied-billed_Grebe/id . They are charming little aquatic birds frequently seen near ducks.  Their small size makes them look like a juvenile duck until one gets a closer look.  A sharp, thick bill with a black ring on it is the first distinguishing feature.  Unlike most ducks, they will completely submerge and stay down for quite a while.  They look wet when they return to the surface, unlike ducks with their waterproof plumage.  Their scruffy-looking feathers and childlike appearance remind me of my 4-year-old son which is one of the reasons these grebes are my favorite.  Another reason is these are a recent discovery for me; I had no idea they existed and if I have seen them before, they remained anonymous. In second place is the Black-bellied Whistling Duck.  I live in Missouri, so seeing a large group of these ducks (who mostly stay in Central America) at my neighborhood lake was quite a treat!  I have photos of these: 0N9A2150 0N9A2017 0N9A2298  
      • Erin
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        Amazing photos!!
      • WLMII
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        @Erin Thank you!  I got to enjoy these guys for about two weeks so I got a bit of practice.  I wish it was all skill but I was bound to get a few keepers with the spray and pray method.

      • Lauri
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        Wow!  How beautiful they are.  Great photos!