Bird watching - the art of finding joy on the wing, in a flash of color, the sound of song.
Bird watching - the wonder of a mockingbird's repertoire, the tern's diving, the hummingbird's hover.
Bird watching - the love of the search, the thrill of the sighting, the satisfaction of success.
Glenda Poulter copyright 1998
I may not go far afield or look for the truly rare bird, but I find watching the "common" birds in their "common" habitats truly satisfying. While other, more "serious" birders may search out the rare or unusual sighting, I seek out the regulars--the cardinal, the mockingbird, the gull--and study their behavior and habits. Once in a while, I am blessed to witness a common bird exhibit unusual behavior.
The results of my Bird watching:
in South Carolina:
at the Backyard Bird Feeder and in Neighboring Trees:
Northern Cardinal Blue Jay
Rufous-sided Towhee Pileated Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse Eastern Bluebird
American Goldfinch Brown-headed Cowbird
Carolina Wren Downy Woodpecker
Mourning Dove Golden-crowned Kinglet
Northern Mockingbird Carolina Chickadee
Yellow Warbler Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Painted Bunting
along the Water's Edge and in the Wildlife Refuges:
Great Blue Heron Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron Brown Pelican
Semi-palmated Plover Canada Goose
White Ibis Wood Stork
American Coot Blue-winged Teal
Ring-billed Gull Laughing Gull
Great Egret Common Moorhen
Double-crested Cormorant Black Skimmer
Snowy Egret Anhinga
Pied-billed Grebe Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret Turkey Vulture
Osprey Swallow-tailed Kite
Short-billed Dowitcher Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird Eastern Kingbird
Reddish Egret Cedar Waxwing
I used Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Eastern Region, by Donald and Lillian Stokes, IBSN 0-316-81809-7, and The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region, by John Bull and John Farrand, Jr., ISBN 0-394-41405-5, for help in identifying the birds I've sighted.
Web Pages about Bird Watching I frequent include The Ornithology WebSite The Mining Co. - Bird Page Peterson's Online
Check out my family members' web sites:
Kaycee's (daughter): http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Museum/3719
Scott (son): https://members.tripod.com/writesite
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