BIRDS

Our Feathered Friends

For some it is joy enough simply to see a bird and observe its actions. Others want to identify the bird, to know its life-style, to understand its behavior. In this work it is appreciated, and both points of view are encouraged.

More than any other type of wildlife, it is birds that hold man in their spell. They are active and attractive. They make beautiful music. They please us with their willingness to come to feeders, their preoccupation with nests, and nestlings, their miraculous, mysterious ability to fly.

Part of the fascination of birds lies in their diversity and ubiquitousness. Upwards to 650 species are regular breeders or frequent visitors north of the Mexican border. Birds nest on sandy beaches and rocky cliffs, in marshes and deserts, along city streets and country roadsides. Although their numbers vary from place to place (and from season to season), you can watch them just about anywhere. Especially rewarding are places where birds fly or perch out in the open -- near a feeder or woodland pool, for example.

To maximize your opportunities to observe birds, keep in mind their flighty nature. Walk slowly and steadily, or not at all. Birds are less skittish if you stay in the car. Keep quiet. Don't wear bright clothing. And do get out early in the day, especially if you're looking for land birds in spring; they are noisier and most active from dawn to midmorning.

Happy birding!

Blue Jay

Wild Turkey

Carolina Wren

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Mockingbird

White-eyed Vireo

House Finch

Barn Owl

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Goldfinch

Chipping Sparrow

Eastern Bluebird

Collared-Dove

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Mourning Dove

Common Ground Dove

Buff-Belly Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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Mallard Duck

Northern Bobwhite

Kentucky Warbler

Yellow Hammer

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Great Egret


Wood Stork

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

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Cedar Waxwing


House Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird


American Robin

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Carolina Chickadee

Laughing Gull

Osprey

Inca Dove

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Common Grackle


European Starling


Brown Thrasher

Brown-headed Cowbird

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Broad-winged Hawk

Red-shoulder Hawk

Orchard Oriole

American White Ibis

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Brown Pelican


Royal Tern


Downy Woodpecker

Rufous Hummingbird

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak


Domestic Duck


Little Blue Heron


Great Blue Heron

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Least Sandpiper

Belted Kingfisher

Guinea Fowl

Killdeer

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Wood Duck
 Tufted Titmouse

 Purple Martin

  Ruddy Turnstone

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