• Helen
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      Chirps: 2
      Really enjoying learning about a whole new selection of songbirds, here in the US.  I am British and moved here from the UK in January 2022.  I am naturally inquisitive of comparison and look for like-for-like, chickadee to tit, [Eastern] bluebird to blackbird (Eurasian blackbird of the Thrush family). Blue Jay to Eurasian Jay etc.  I am also really enjoying the number of woodpeckers i have visiting my feeders, which were a very rare occurrence where i lived in the UK.  I am lucky to live in a very forested part of the US and my backyard is surrounded by wooded forest which attract an abundance of wildlife.  Apologies for the poor photograph - shot in fading light from the comfort of my armchair on my phone...on a whim!  But i love the little Downy! 20220330_185050[4900]
    • Sarah
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      Chirps: 18
      I love how birds wait their turn at the feeder, the chickadee after the titmouse. bird feeder.03.28.22
    • Terri
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      Chirps: 3
      Activity #3. I recently moved to a new part of the country. One bird I have seen regularly in my yard and at my feeder is the Pinyon Jay. They come in droves to my feeder. I have since discovered that their numbers are declining because of habitat destruction. They need Pinyon Pines as a food source. A conservation group is studying the Pinyon Jays and has recruited citizen scientists to participate in studying them. Now they are one of my favorites because I am always looking for them and reporting when and where I see them.  (Bird ID) Jay. Jayjay
      • WLMII
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        Chirps: 17
        Cool photo and cool opportunity!
    • Terri
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      Chirps: 3
      Activity#2 I recently moved to the Southwest from the east coast. I have learned so many new species. When I do see a new one, I am usually able to come close to identifying it the first time. I am pretty good on visual recognition, but I am trying to learn to identify common birds by their song.  Merlin has helped.
    • Sybille
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      I have a pair of cardinals that I've been watching in my backyard for years. I don't know how long cardinals live, so I don't know which generation I am seeing, but it is such a joy when they appear, often together to charm us with their very existence. Sybille
      • Erin
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        this is beautiful :)
    • Laura
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      Chirps: 2
      IMG_0489 Western bluebirds feeding on mealworms at a friend's house. I've been trying to lure them to our backyard, putting up multiple mealworm cups and filling them daily (white-crowned sparrows gobble them up, too).
    • Deanna
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      Activity #1 I would really love to see a Shoebill someday. I have seen videos of them and they are so surreal looking. Activity #2 While walking around a local preserve I saw a Great Blue Heron catch and eat a fish. I also spotted a Red-Winged Black Bird hopping on the cat tails on the edge of the water. There was also a Pied-Billed Grebe that I was able to ID with it's call on the Merlin app. Activity #3 My favorite bird that I've seen in my neighborhood would have to be the Ring-necked Pheasant. They're so beautiful and it makes me happy seeing them because I know for a while they were endangered due to over hunting the males. image000000 (5)
    • Amy
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      Activity 1:  They're not the flashiest, but I've always been fascinated by owls.  I'd love to see one someday! Activity 2:  In our neighborhood, I've seen birds from the crows/jay, titmice/chickadee, & woodpecker groups so far.  I just started birding a few months ago and am looking forward to hopefully seeing some spring robins soon! Activity 3:  My favorite birds are our resident crows/magpies.  They're fascinating to watch and listen to . . . and the crows loved our old dog and used to bring him bones!
      • Laura
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        Oh, I do love owls! We're really fortunate to have several great horned owls nesting in the neighborhood, I get to see them swooping in over our backyard some nights, and their calls are really calming, I find.
    • Kathleen
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      This Northern Flicker has really enjoyed the suet cakes we put out this winter. We have an active bird feeder and a wide assortment of birds. This class is helping us to tell the difference between the large number of brown birds that visit. 5FA438E2-4A4D-47BB-BF8A-768DA9A99931
      • WLMII
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        Chirps: 17
        I just saw a Northern Flicker for the first time this week.  Awesome sight.  Thanks for sharing.
    • Maria
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      Chirps: 1
      Have enjoyed introductions to great variety of birds reading all entries submitted below. Thank you.
    • Karl
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      Chirps: 3
      84901C17-BEDC-4F8A-9DFC-508B6E025086Goldfinch and Common Redpolls enjoying a Christmas gift
      • WLMII
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        Imagine if this trained them to see owls as prey.
    • Russ
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      Chirps: 3
      500_0642 Tree Swallow
    • Eldor2
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      Chirps: 3
      I spent an afternoon photographing humming birds (ruby throated). This is my favorite of a female.10610878_757128894351167_7135414459620836592_n
    • Eldor2
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      Chirps: 3
      Blackbird I photographed when I took my grandson to the local Zoo.BlackBird
    • Eldor2
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      Female Goldfinch
    • Activity #1 - It's so difficult to pick favorites from the Wall of Birds, even when you're allowed to pick more than one! I find parrots endearing, right down to the scratchy quality of some of their vocalizations (that might be more difficult for others to hear), so naturally the Blue-and-Yellow Macaw, Kakapo, and Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo make my "favorites" list. Of the non-parrots, I found myself drawn to the Atlantic Puffin and Superb Lyrebird, both of whom have an endearing appearance and vocalizations as well. Still, there are so many beautiful birds on this wall that I can go about but it would take awhile to get through them all! Activity #3 - Of my neighborhood birds, my favorite is the California Scrub Jay as the pair (with the male being a bit bolder personality-wise) won me over with their charisma and boisterousness. I still recall the first time I tossed in-shell unsalted peanuts to them while they were perched on a telephone wire. The male bobbed his body up and down a couple of times and made a dive for the peanuts which were just several feet away from me on the ground. Ever since then, as I've continued giving them peanuts, they'd make a soft "kuk kuk" vocalization around me. So cute. I also find their colors and markings beautiful.
    • Keanu
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      Activity #1. I think my favorite bird would have to be the Albatross, the shear size and grace of these birds always astonishes me, and I'd love to see one in person one day. Activity #2. After going outside yesterday we were introduced to quite the variety of raptors, "other" songbirds, waterfowl and woodpeckers. Namely a massive group of bald eagles that decided to fly through the area, and a small kestrel chasing around a red tailed hawk. Other songbirds would have to belong to all the bohemian waxwings which another birder on the trail was kind enough to aid in ID'ing. The waterfowl seen were a bunch of common goldeneyes and a couple of mergansers which made their way into the flock. Finally a pileated woodpecker was seen hammering away at a branch before we were off again. Activity #3. My favorite neighborhood bird would have to belong to that kestrel. The speed and agility of the bird will always amaze me, along with it's persistant nature to chase down any other raptor in the area make it an easy favorite.
    • Catherine
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      Activity #1. My favourite bird is the Albatross.  The year before Covid our family visited the Cornell Lab and I stood right in front of the painting of this beautiful bird.  I was in awe that all the birds are life-sized on the mural.  It is a very special place to visit.  Put it on your "Bucket List". Activity #3.  It is very hard for me to choose a favourite bird.  We are fortunate to live in a rural area.  Our yard is large and we have lots of trees and shrubs for bird habitat.  In winter, I love red-breasted nuthatches.  In summer, I love the orioles and house wrens.
    • Susan
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      Activity #3. I am a new birder. Yesterday, I confirmed identification of a large bird I've heard and seen swooping across the park outside my front windows over the past several weeks. I live on the third (and top) floor of a vintage building in Oak Park, Illinois. The building is just north of the Village's small downtown main street and faces longways into a block-long and -wide park with many mature trees. A fellow bird enthusiast in the building told me there is a Cooper's Hawk living in the park, but after hearing the bird's call and comparing to the bird calls on Merlin, I knew that wasn't the bird I have been hearing. During my walk in the park yesterday, the bird flew overhead and landed in a large nest high up in a tall Oak, and in a completely different location from where I assumed the bird was nesting. As I watched the bird and pointed it out to a friend who was with me, it left the nest to fly to a tree closer to us, which gave us a great view. Had the bird noticed us looking and was drawing attention away from its nest? I burned the bird's image into my brain and checked my Kaufman's guide as soon as I got back inside. A Red-Shouldered Hawk it is, as I had identified on Merlin from the bird calls! I couldn't get a good photo on my cell phone camera, but this bird looks exactly like the photo of the adult Red-Shouldered Hawk in the guide. Also according to the guide, this bird can live in the area all season but is rare. What a treat!
    • Ana
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      Activity 1) Wall of birds. For me, the most remarkable birds are: Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias), Jocotoco Antpitta (Grallaria ridgelyi), Paradise tanager (Tangara chilensis), Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus), Green Broadbill (Calyptomena viridis), Three-wattled Bellbird (Procnias tricarunculatus), Schlegel's Asity (Philepitta schlegeli), HamerKop (Scopus umbretta) and Ornimegalonyx.   Activity 3) My favourite neighborhood bird is "Rabilargo" (Cyanopica cooki). These birds are very social, extroverted and intelligent.   _MG_7565_PS
    • Ethan
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      #1. My favorite bird with difference are shoebills!!!! They are so cool looking, they feel so ancient. I love their expressions! #2. Went on my first birding trip two days ago and came back with way more species than what I expected to find!! Caught on photo an European Robin,  a bunch of Yellow-Legged Gulls and a Little Egret, among others. 1200 (1) #3. In my neighborhood we mainly have Common Pigeons, and honestly they might as well be my favorite ones anyway. They are very funny guys and the color combinations they show are so interesting to learn about. 1200
      • Helen
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        Ethan, where did you capture the shot of your Robin?  As a Brit now living in the US, the European Robin holds a special place in my heart, and always will.  Such character and vibrancy from this perfect creature.  Common in backyards back 'home', I miss them dearly.  Their characteristic bobbing, bold nature, spirit and beauty are something to behold up close and personal.  Their song will always be a personal favourite, beaten only by that of the European Blackbird (thrush family).  I remember fondly feeding mealworms to my daily visitors throughout nesting season, watched my 13-year-old daughter sit for over an hour until one of my garden regulars settled on her hand to take a live waxworms from her palm, spent many a late spring evening with French doors thrown wide open, and our little Robin friend would fly right into my kitchen, perch on the back of a dining chair and 'ask' for more mealworms when the feeder had been emptied! Fond memories. 20210516_152906
      • WLMII
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        @Helen great photo and great memories.  My 4 year old son is interested in getting birds to eat out of his hands but he gets a little too boisterous when they come near.  We may have to wait a bit.

    • Tracy
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      Chirps: 3
      For Activity #2 - our backyard feeder this week hosted woodpeckers (hairy and downy), chickadees, a white-breasted nuthatch, and a female northern cardinal, and the crows were flying between the neighbourhood trees. I think that covers 3-4 groups. For  Activity #3, I think my favourite of these is the nuthatch as it only shows up once in a while so it seems special - love watching it going headfirst down the tree trunk. But a close second are the woodpeckers with their distinctive colouring - and I've learned to tell the two types apart!IMG_9921
    • Benjamin
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      My favorite bird I see in my yard is the Black-capped Chickadee. They are always active and constantly moving about, grabbing a seed from my feeder and eating it somewhere else.
    • Debbie
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      Chirps: 1
      Activity #1- some of my most favorite birds are ones I have been fortunate enough to see but they are not native to my home (North Carolina, USA). I have seen the Atlantic Puffin (Alcidae fam.) off the coast of Maine.  Hundreds of birds were nesting on a rocky cliff and they dove into the water over and over again to catch fish for their young. I think they look adorable and are so unique. Another is the Blue-Footed Booby (Sulidae fam.) in the Galápagos Islands. Their brightly colored feet and legs are quite humorous. They appeared to be more like a cartoon than a real bird. Within my home state, my favorite bird is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. We have a handful that come each year to feed in our yard (Apr-Oct).  These tiny birds are so amazing and beautiful. In Mexico I once saw a mother hummingbird feeding its young in a tiny nest in a bush. I still can’t believe I happened upon that wonder!  Not sure of the exact species.
    • Kim
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      • Kim
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        I have always loved birds, and Vancouver Island has a wide variety of them. The great blue heron is found almost everywhere in Canada and are quite abundant on the island. My other favorites the american goldfinch,  the mountain bluebird and the cardinal. The later two not found on the island unfortunately.120CA7E7-5B55-43E7-BADC-62B4548EC13E