Bird Watching

                                      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


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