IN THIS ISSUE: LEARNING TO NAME THE PARTS OF A BIRD
Learning to name the parts of a bird is easier than you may think. Most of the body parts are already very familiar: eye, leg, foot, wing, and tail for instance. Many of the names for the other body parts are intuitive: crown, throat, breast, bill, and wing bars to mention a few. There are only a handful of other significant terms that you’ll need to learn in order to ID birds with your field guide, and of course to impress other birders.
The following diagram shows the basics.
there are some other body parts you should know:
In some cases there is more
than one name for each body part:
I think that's enough for now.
Knowing these terms should make it possible for you to describe what
you've seen and understand the descriptions that you'll read in your
field guides, and perhaps it'll whet your appetite to dig even deeper
into the topography of birds.
Snowy Owl taken by Karen Ferreira
This was a first for Karen who described the owl as 'big and beautiful'.
Owl taken by Chris Clarke
QUESTION: What do
the Snowy Owl and Great Gray Owl have in common?
ANSWER: They are the only large owls with yellow eyes.
a space for your photos, stories, and/or comments.
|FUN FACTS ABOUT BIRDS
A hawk's vision is so good, it can spot a mouse from a height of one mile!
THE BIRD'S THE WORD
(some examples of birding lingo)
PATCH: Your local birding area
SHARPIE: Sharp-shinned Hawk
LIFER: A bird that you've never seen before (adding it to your life list)
Eneloop rechargable batteries
Elaine and I both use digital cameras that require AA batteries, so we wanted to find a good rechargable that we could depend on. And boy did we ever! We discovered a battery made by Sanyo called 'eneloop'. These remarkable rechargables have never let us down. They come fully charged out of the package, they last for hundreds of shots, recharge quickly, hold their charge when not in use, and can be recharged a thousand times before they need to be replaced. The only fault we could find with these amazing batteries, is that they are not available in many stores. We got ours at Costco, and I think Dell carries them along with a few other distributors. But if you can find them, buy them. They are, in my opinion, the very best, and I highly recommend them.
I'm beginning to really get spring fever and can hardly wait to start planning additions to our garden! Lately I've been spending my free time re-reading one of my favourite birding/gardening books "Backyard Bird Secrets for Every Season" by Sally Roth. I find this book so informative (even though it's geared for the States) and extremely easy to read. As long as you know the "zone" you live in (we're in Zone 5) you can find much to apply to your situation. There are many tips about winter feeding and protection (some of which I've already passed on to you), and now I'm thinking about how to prepare for the spring migration and summer residents.
This year I'd like to put up a couple more birdhouses but I'd like to place them higher in the trees, maybe about 10 feet from the ground, and hopefully tempt the woodpeckers and nuthatches who frequent our garden to actually live here. Every spring we go to the Maple Syrup Festival at Belmore (always the 2nd weekend in April) to enjoy an excellent pancake and sausage breakfast, and look at all the wares available at the various craft tables. There's usually one or more tables with hand-crafted birdhouses and feeders, and this year I'll be looking for just the perfect one for us! My problem is reining in my enthusiasm and controlling my desire for lots of birdhouses and feeders... but I have to be realistic about the amount of space and location options, so wish me luck! Anyway, it will be a great time with family and something to look forward to while I dream of warmer weather and new green leaves and lots and lots of birds.
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