Birds matter to me because of how big of an ecological role they play. I didn't realize that without birds, our ecosystem would be so different. I started this course because I wanted to learn more about birds I see and have fun doing it, but now I realize how important birds are to our world. I'm going on my first bird walk this weekend and my grandmother and I are already planning to do another Cornell Lab course.
I observed with my Grandmother two birds. One was a Great Egret and the other one was a Northern Cardinal.
Differences were: Great egret - long neck, white color, bill shaped like a spear to eat fish, large bird
Northern Cardinal - short neck, red, bill shaped like a triangle to eat seeds, small to med size bird.
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.