WHY STUDY BIRDS?
GETTING STARTED IN BIRD WATCHING
The Technique of Elimination
"Light conditions play tricks"
"Blue is a structural color..."
"Immature birds may look different..."
Breeding versus non-breeding plumage
Mostly finches, buntings, grosbeaks, sparrows
Swans, ducks, geese
Birds of prey
Herons, egrets, bitterns
Flycatchers, warblers, vireos
Wingbars and Wing Patches
Chest Stripes and Spots
See how easy this is?
A little more challenging…
HABITAT ASSOCIATIONS and
Get an overall picture of the situation including
where you are in the country, in the habitat and in the time of year.
Mixed Deciduous/Coniferous Forest
Flapping Versus Gliding
Flying accipiters such as Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, and Northern Goshawks typically make several wing flaps followed by a glide. Buteos, such as the Red-tailed Hawk, are usually seen soaring. Dashed lines indicate flapping, solid lines soaring.
Up-and-down Flight Pattern
Finches exhibit a bouncing flight, whereas woodpeckers generally fly in a pattern of moderate rises and falls.
You’ll eventually have them all!
Roof Prism or Porro Prism?
The Numbers Game