Wednesday birding has become my new photo adventure. I’ve taken up birding on Wednesdays with the East Cascades Audubon Society. I never know quite what we’re going to find.This page is going to kind of serve as an ongoing blog for those Wednesday birding trips.I’ll start off with some if the last few trips and add on in the comments section as we go along. If you are out birding you should add your great finds too!
February 2012 Birding
Birding on Wednesdays for February was challenging and still wonderful. Lots of great birds in fun locations around Central Oregon. Weather ranged from stunningly beautiful to an actual cancellation of birding. (That takes a LOT.) Read all the February birding adventures.
January 2012 Birding
January birding on Wednesdays was a lot of fun. I got a bird identification book for my birthday, which makes things so much easier!
We started with the Oakridge Christmas Bird Count on Januaury 3rd (which you might not know was actually a Tuesday). Really we drove over to Oakridge and scouted a little so we could get up in the dark on Wednesday morning and hoot for owls …yes really… Read all the January birding adventures.
December 2011 Birding
December is the month of the 112th year of the The Audubon Christmas bird counts .
We started this birding off with some fun stuff where I learned about different kinds of ducks such as Common Goldeneyes (above), Mergansers and others (I thought they were all Mallards) and then moved on the bird counts.
“From December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.”
Read all the December birding adventures.
November 2011 Birding
My first Wednesday November birding trip (my first ever birding trip) started out early in the morning. We all met at a local bakery and carpooled out to some areas around Bend.The first thing we found besides robins and ravens, was this varied thrush at Cline Falls Park...
...and shortly after that someone yelled “GBH overhead 11 O’Clock!” as a great blue heron flew over. That was most awesome.
It just got better from there. Read more about November birding adventures.....
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