Birds are fascinating. I look at them and try to take pictures of them all the time – but ask me what I saw, I am am often not quite sure. I usually know what type of bird it was, but trying to narrow down to the particular bird is very hard to do.
I signed up for a birding morning at Fort White Alive and that is where I spent the early morning today. We saw and/or heard 31 different birds and I got pictures of 2 of them. I found out that I incorrectly named one of them from a previous trip to Fort Whyte Alive and I just went back to correct that now. We have a Great Blue Heron, that quite closely resembles a Grey Heron that we often see on the cameras at Africam and that I saw while in South Africa. I identified the one I saw here as a Grey Heron – ooops. They are pretty much the same colour.
Birds seen today are:
Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Cooper’s Hawk, Sora Rail, American Coot, Franklin’s Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Least Flycatcher, American Crow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Swainson’s Thrush, American Robin, Grey Catbird, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, American Goldfinch.
It was a very informative morning and it ended with breakfast and then we discussed the birds we saw as we filled in our birding checklist. Some of the people go to these sessions frequently, but a few others besides myself were on their first outing. I will go back, but possibly not until the spring session – depending on when those are held.