Saturday Morning Birding

I consider myself a novice bird watcher, having long enjoyed watching birds in our yard and identifying them using a field guide. When I’m not able to identify a species on my own, I contact my brother, Jim and send him a photo text. Nine times out of ten, he knows what the mystery bird is immediately. I love watching the antics of our Hummingbirds, Robins, Towhees, Juncos, Bluejays, Finches, Chickadees, Woodpeckers, and others. On our property is an old snag that my husband would like to take down for aesthetic reasons, but I rally to keep it because of all the wonderful bird action happening in and around  it.

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending a birding class through Cameron Park Community Service District. Our knowledgeable instructor was Joseph Munizich, who has been a bird watcher for 40 years. The instructor and all of us participating met and chatted about identifying birds through listening, watching, and observing flight and colors. Then, armed with our field guides and binoculars, we set out on our walk around the lake, noticing all of the Mallards, American Coots, Drakes, Canadian Geese, and White Geese along the way. IMG_6411My ADD kicked in and an intricate spider web caught my eye on this bridge.IMG_6400And this nest in the tree. The instructor thought perhaps it was a Crow’s nest.IMG_6403 I am the first to admit that my trusty iPhone 6 camera is not ideal for bird watching photos, but it’s all I had. It’s hard to tell that there is a snowy egret in the next photo. I wish the photo showed its small gold feet!IMG_6409This was a sweet bird condo we admired in a backyard along the way. IMG_6410Right about here, we identified a Killdeer, a Black Phoebe, Crows, California Towhees, Pie billed Grebe, and both Ladder back and Acorn Woodpeckers.
IMG_6413Shown here are two white swans. And not pictured, were a Brewer’s Blackbird, a Nuthatch, a Northern Flicker, Red shouldered Hawks, Red tailed Hawks, a Turkey Vulture, White crown Sparrows, and European Starlings all in this vicinity.IMG_6419It’s hard to see that on this floating log are two turtles sunning themselves!
IMG_6414More birds for our viewing pleasure included Western Bluebirds, Red winged Blackbirds, a Belted Kingfisher, Western Finch, Lesser Finch and both male and female Anna’s Hummingbirds. Now I can differentiate between the males and females on my feeders at home.

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I greatly enjoyed this experience and can honestly share that I’ve caught the birding bug. Come say hello if you see me out with my binoculars along the local nature trails, parks and preserves!

4 thoughts on “Saturday Morning Birding”

  1. What a wonderful variety of birds you saw! I had no idea you had turkey vultures in the area. We have them out here. Huge flocks of them. Supremely ugly up close and on the ground, in flight they are fascinating to watch. Two other birds that I’d never had in CA are mockingbirds and cardinals. The mockingbirds charm with their chatter and whistles, making me laugh. The cardinals charm with their brilliant color.

    1. We do have yellow billed magpies in certain areas of California, including Sacramento, but I have never seen a cardinal and would really love to. I’ve always been impressed by their vivid beauty in photos.

      1. When you come to Texas, you’ll see them. Their color seems even more vividly red in the fall than it did in the summer.

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