I’m a chicken watcher, a birder.
All my life, as a lot of it as I can keep in mind, I’ve favored to see, to look at birds. Mom and Dad taught me the names of the widespread birds. After we noticed a chicken they didn’t know, Mom would assist me discover a image of it in a giant e-book, “Birds of America,” and skim the identify to me.
I’m a lister too, a chicken lister. With Mom’s assist, and Dad’s, from the time I realized to learn and write I’ve made lists of the nanes of the birds I noticed.
I don’t write down the identify of each chicken I see. However I make notice mentally.
This morning, for instance, as I ate breakfast, sitting on the eating room desk, I seemed out the window by the desk and watched the birds flying out and in to chicken feeders exterior the window. There have been black-capped chickadees and white-breasted nuthatches, tufted titmice, cardinals, red-winged blackbirds, cowbirds, blue jays and goldfinches. There have been two red-bellied woodpeckers and two downy woodpeckers. There have been home sparrows, a ruby-throated hummingbird and a catbird.
My daughter had the break day from work and after we’d eaten breakfast we went for a drive within the nation and we seemed for birds. We noticed extra red-winged blackbirds. We noticed starlings, crows and turkey vultures. A lot of the vultures had been flying. We noticed a killdeer and a meadowlark, three kingbirds, an indigo bunting and a kestrel. We noticed an excellent blue heron, flying, and a small flock of Canada geese, additionally flying.
We hoped to see sandhill cranes. A pair nested in our pasture this spring and had two younger ones. We noticed the cranes, adults and younger, a number of occasions however now the cranes have gone. We didn’t see them this morning and haven’t see them for a number of days. They’ve in all probability moved to the lake north of us.
Fowl watchers make lists for particular events. A prescribed day close to Christmas all devoted birders spend the day searching for birds, checklist the names of the birds they see and ship copies of their lists to the Cornell College Laboratory of Ornithology or another assortment level and collectively these lists are referred to as the Christmas Fowl Depend.
In spring and summer time birders make lists of nests they spot, revisit the nests and checklist the variety of eggs in every nest, the variety of eggs that hatch and the variety of fledglings that go away every nest.
We make journey lists, often psychological, of species of birds we see after we’re touring. We make particular notice, often written, of the primary time we see a species and after we see a uncommon species. On my latest go to to Kankakee Sands, I noticed two uncommon birds, dickcissel and a Henslow’s sparrow. Neither was a chicken I’d by no means seen earlier than, a lifer as we birders name them, however each had been birds I hadn’t seen in a number of years. I named each of these birds within the article I wrote about Kankakee Sands.
A uncommon chicken could also be one that’s few in quantity, just like the Henslow’s sparrow we noticed at Kankakee Sands, or a chicken that’s out of its regular vary, just like the dickcissel at Kankakee Sands.
A uncommon chicken, a yellow-headed blackbird, uncommon as a result of it was out of its regular vary, as soon as turned up within the marsh by our pasture. Yellow-headed blackbirds are widespread in wetlands farther west. They had been widespread round lakes and marshes in northwest Iowa the place I lived as a boy. I noticed them at any time when I went fishing with Dad at a lake close to our dwelling once I was younger.
I referred to as birders I knew, and the birders I referred to as, referred to as much more birders and for a number of days the street previous our home, and marsh, was lined with vehicles and birders.