Monday, October 8, 2007

Watching Any Birds Lately?

Have you been watching any birds lately?

I can't help but notice. One of my bird feeders hangs just outside the window where if I look to my right I can watch them easily.

Usually the first hint of a bird at the bird feeder is the noise. I hear the twitter of a finch or soft tweet of a chickadee.

I recently bought a new camera - a Kodak EasyShare Z712. Have been taking many pictures with it (or trying to). It has a nice 12x optical zoom that allows you to zoom up close without undue disturbing of the birds.

Here's a picture of a chickadee at my bird feeder:

I also managed to catch a nuthatch and a chickadee bathing at the birdbath:

Yes, the camera takes really nice pictures!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Wild Birds for Beginners - Introduction

I'll venture to say that you are not really new to watching wild birds.

No, my guess is that you have been watching wild birds for a long time. But now you're getting more serious about joining the "growing force" of existing and established bird watchers.

I'm not suggesting that you go out to join a group or society of professional bird watchers. You can if that's what you want. This article is for those getting started in watching birds as a more serious hobby!

Looking at the bigger picture, bird watching WILL benefit you. But - learning more about wild birds also helps them. The more you know, the more you will be able to "act correctly" and perhaps help contribute to the protection of life on this planet. Yes, wild birds are very important to the delicate balance of our environment and yes, the entire plant Earth!

Who can imagine one day waking up to the sound of dead silence?

So, hoping I can share some bird watching tips - especially written for aspiring bird watchers!

One really enjoyable and effective way to watch birds is by inviting them to visit your home and surroundings. 

Would a bird feeder, a bird house, a birdbath be in order?