The Cornell Lab Bird Academy Discussion Groups Joy of Birdwatching Activities: Keeping Track of Your Birdwatching

    • Shreya
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      Chirps: 5
      YES, NOTES ARE VERY HELPFUL FOR ME WHILE OBSERVING A BIRD.
    • Shreya
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      Chirps: 5
      IT IS WIRE TAILED SWALLOW 20200511_161713 Swallows are small, with pointed narrow wings, wide and short tail, short bills, and small feet. Swallows spend much time in the air,flying all around quickly and capturing insects, they are most adapted to move fast and quickly. I found this beautiful bird in Delhi NCR, India. It takes many attempts to click a photo of a fast flier swallow. After studying the bird behaviour and its identification I came to know about this bird also. Keeping an eye on bird is very important to understand its behaviour. Morning time is best for bird watching. As a bird watcher it is important to keep patience as well as noticing bird and knowing its behaviour also requires patience. Wire tailed swallow is common here but as a first attempt it means a lot for me. It does not take straight flight, it takes sudden flight which is very impressive. Bird watching is very interesting. Tracking birds and seeing them with binoculars is really a wonderful feeling. Wing Tailed Swallow flies in form of circle all around its area. Its small bill helps in feeding and long wings are useful for its flight.
      • Cathy
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        Chirps: 45
        Wow!  Thanks for sharing.  I never saw a bird like this before, with the tails like that. Best wishes with your birding. Cathy
    • Sylvia
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      Chirps: 9
      I love Manyu's drawing...I have long wanted to start a nature journal, so maybe this will inspire me!
    • Sylvia
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      Chirps: 9
      Activity #1. Yes, my notes were helpful...I noted the size and color of some birds, and what the habitat was like. In a forested area, I saw robins, flickers, house sparrows, and a couple of warblers (it is May, after all!). In a marshy area, I saw Canada geese (including mom and four goslings), gulls (we only seem to have ring-billed gulls around Inwood Hill Park), and a solitary egret (it was distant, but I think it was a great egret. And I tried to describe some songs I heard, when I didn't see the birds...e.g. the three "warm-up notes" of the song sparrow; and the "conkaree" of the red-winged blackbird. Activity #2. I actually signed up for a NYC listserve last year: ebirds.nyc. It's been quiet because of the corona virus lockdown here, but today there was a burst of emails because people are starting to see warblers: one woman saw 19 species of warblers early this morning in a park I hadn't heard of, but will now check out (when lockdown is over, that is)
    • Manyu
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      Chirps: 42
      Activity 2 - Found a Bird community group called Jaipur Zoo. Will connect with them.
    • Manyu
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      Chirps: 42
      IMG_20200507_195113__01 Activity 1
      • Cathy
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        Chirps: 45
        Wow.  Nice picture - thanks for sharing.  Maybe I will bring some pencils with me when birding to give it a try!  (Though I know mine will not be as nice as yours.)  I'm not the best artist, though perhaps with practice I can improve. Cathy
    • Robyn
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      Chirps: 6
      I may get the e-bird app to document my bird finds, but I've never kept track before.  I usually walk around with my Bay Area Bird ID foldable, laminated chart.  The Merlin app has been helpful.  In my community garden I will sometimes sketch birds with colored pencil in a nature notebook.  When the shelter-in-place ends, I will join a birding group walk through Los Gatos Birdwatcher, our local birding shop.  In the meantime, I joined "birdy hour" via Zoom facilitated by San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory.
      • Cassandra
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        Chirps: 1
        We are neighbors! I'll have to check out Los Gatos Birdwatcher...I've never even heard of a birding shop before!! Thanks for the tip!
    • Paula
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      Chirps: 19
      I find it hard to take notes, look for birds I've heard but can't find, handle binoculars and or a camera!  Still it's worth it even when I look back at notes from traveling to see how I've describe or been excited about something I've seen. I wonder, can one add birds to ebird that one saw and listed on a trip a year or more ago before taking this class when traveling with a group that did birding before I knew much? I have signed up for alerts in my area and there are two rare sightings but it's been raining for 3 days! I hope to get out and see if I can spot the birds mentioned!
      • Cathy
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        Chirps: 45
        Hi Paula, You can add birds you saw in the past, but if you don't know the exact date there is a special procedure and I don't think others will be able to view that particular sighting/ recording. But you can still enter them.  I did this for a bunch of birds when I created a life list when I first started the course. I know what you mean about trying to handle so many things at once.  I can't even find my binoculars now!  I very much like what the instructor said about there not being one "right" way and how we all have to do what works for us. Best wishes with your birding! Cathy