Beginning Birding  With naturalist Mark Bohrer
Who is that bird anyway? <ul><li>Who – Colors, legs & bills, calls, size </li></ul><ul><li>Where – Beach, Marsh, Forest </...
Birds are important actors <ul><li>They eat grass, seeds, bugs, fish, worms, shellfish, snails… </li></ul><ul><li>What wou...
 
Legs, Feet, and Bills
<ul><li>Size matters… </li></ul>Great egret, left, looks like snowy egret, right, BUT… Look at overall sizes. Then check c...
Behavior –  Flying styles Fast flapping Soaring Even flapping
More Behavior Eating Hunting Nest-building Feeding
Seasonal Behavior: Spring and Fall migration <ul><li>North in Spring to Alaska & Arctic for food / mating </li></ul><ul><l...
More Seasonal Behavior Nesting Raising young Mating / courtship
What Do We Need to See ‘em? <ul><li> Binoculars     What do those numbers mean? </li></ul><ul><li>In 7x35:   First number:...
What  Else  Do We Need? <ul><li>Field Guide   </li></ul><ul><li>Identify what we’re looking at </li></ul><ul><li>Start wit...
We know what to look for –  How do we watch? <ul><li>Naked eye to start – watch for movement Can be tough – bird blends wi...
Things to think about <ul><li>What’s different about a wading bird? (legs, bill, feet) </li></ul><ul><li>Did you see any b...
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Beginning birding

  1. 1. Beginning Birding With naturalist Mark Bohrer
  2. 2. Who is that bird anyway? <ul><li>Who – Colors, legs & bills, calls, size </li></ul><ul><li>Where – Beach, Marsh, Forest </li></ul><ul><li>When – Season, Time of day </li></ul><ul><li>What – Are they flying, perching, feeding? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we watch? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Birds are important actors <ul><li>They eat grass, seeds, bugs, fish, worms, shellfish, snails… </li></ul><ul><li>What would happen if they didn’t eat? </li></ul>
  4. 5. Legs, Feet, and Bills
  5. 6. <ul><li>Size matters… </li></ul>Great egret, left, looks like snowy egret, right, BUT… Look at overall sizes. Then check colors of bills, legs, lores.
  6. 7. Behavior – Flying styles Fast flapping Soaring Even flapping
  7. 8. More Behavior Eating Hunting Nest-building Feeding
  8. 9. Seasonal Behavior: Spring and Fall migration <ul><li>North in Spring to Alaska & Arctic for food / mating </li></ul><ul><li>South in Fall to go where the food is </li></ul><ul><li>Some birds live here year-round </li></ul>Spring, before heading north Winter
  9. 10. More Seasonal Behavior Nesting Raising young Mating / courtship
  10. 11. What Do We Need to See ‘em? <ul><li> Binoculars What do those numbers mean? </li></ul><ul><li>In 7x35: First number: magnification – how close they bring the bird to you Second number: lens size – brightness, width of your view </li></ul><ul><li>Magnification – higher is better, but harder to hold steady 7x – 8x is a good compromise </li></ul><ul><li>Lens size – higher is better, but larger and heavier 20-40 best range </li></ul><ul><li>Good all-around bin – 7x35 or 8x20 REMEMBER – The best pair of bins is the one you have with you! </li></ul>
  11. 12. What Else Do We Need? <ul><li>Field Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Identify what we’re looking at </li></ul><ul><li>Start with a simple bird chart for your favorite spot, then choose… </li></ul><ul><li>Sibley’s Field Guide to Birds of the Western U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds </li></ul><ul><li>Fix’s Birds of Northern California </li></ul><ul><li>Baicich’s Nests, Eggs and Nestlings </li></ul><ul><li>Clark’s Hawks </li></ul><ul><li>Stokes’ Field Guide to Bird Songs (Audio CD set) </li></ul>
  12. 13. We know what to look for – How do we watch? <ul><li>Naked eye to start – watch for movement Can be tough – bird blends with surroundings </li></ul><ul><li>Look in the sky – in the grass – on the water </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your eye on the bird – then swing binoculars up </li></ul><ul><li>Find the bird in the bins, then focus </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy watching! </li></ul><ul><li>Remember as much as you can about legs, feet, bill, colors </li></ul><ul><li>Match up bird you see with bird on your chart </li></ul>
  13. 14. Things to think about <ul><li>What’s different about a wading bird? (legs, bill, feet) </li></ul><ul><li>Did you see any birds near nests? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are the ‘sewing machine’ birds? </li></ul><ul><li>Which birds walk on stilts? </li></ul><ul><li>Which bird has a pretty song but hides in the grass? </li></ul><ul><li>Which birds make nests out of mud? </li></ul><ul><li>Which birds stalk fishy prey in the shallows? </li></ul><ul><li>Which birds put their heads under or dive for food? </li></ul><ul><li>What do all these guys do for the marsh? </li></ul>

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