Like I mentioned in a previous post, Birds of the Marsh – Osprey Nest, I have been visiting local bird refuges. I also mentioned joining a local birding organization, the Buffalo Ornithological Society.
I want to learn more about the birds that frequent Western New York, so I thought a good place to start was the BOS. I know about birds in my backyard and I know how to make a habitat suitable for them to live safely and productively.
What I don’t know is…
the almost 400 varieties that either live year round or migrate through. It is pretty likely that most home gardeners also do not know that many varieties of birds unless active birders themselves.
There are birds that I don’t see here that I want to see in the fields, like the large family of Warblers. To find them, I have to go to where they live like I did at the Bird Banding Event with Buffalo Audubon. Joining a Society will have those that have this knowledge and experience. When a bird chirps in a tree, they know what bird it is. I hear chirps and have no clue, except for those I see in my own yard like cardinals, blue jays, hummingbirds and sparrows etc.
The marsh birds are especially fascinating and I very much enjoy photographing them. I also saw many small shore birds on my recent trip, but was not sure what I was seeing. I want to know.
The little Plover above for instance. It is a variety of Plover but there are so many of these tiny birds running all around. They look awfully similar. Even when I look in my field book I am still confused. It takes time to learn identification.
It is not like it has any real value knowing since I don’t have a career that benefits from this knowledge, but it is a fun hobby. I brought my binoculars on my outing with them, because that is the only way to see some of the birds.
I am also participating in the Buffalo Audubon events too. They have great learning experiences and nature walks. I just went to a bird banding seminar as I mentioned above. It was held at their Beaver Meadows site. You have seen the post Banding the Bird in the Hand. Now I can recognize some of the Warblers.
They are very elegant flyers.
The Great Egrets were common at the Refuge as well. They were a bit harder to photograph being white. The same with the swan below.
I also want to send you to a blog you must see. Phil has the most beautiful bird photos taken in a Myrtle Beach, SC marsh that you have ever seen. Please see Phil Lanoue Photography. Everyday there is gorgeous photos and such interesting stories posted. You know I only send you to blogs with the best!