Birding is for young and old…


I am dedicating this post to our new little birding friends, Angie, age 9 and Scottie, age 10.  They go out into their neighborhood and count species, logging them into a little journal.

Angie's journal

Angie’s journal

I think Ann and I had a bit of influence on them.  Yesterday they counted 23 different species.  A couple of naturalists in the making.  Shannon, their mother took the above photo and sent it to me.

Today Ann and I went out, the first time in about a week.  At first, we didn’t see very many species but as we stayed patient we started to see a few here and there and ended up spotting a total of 26.  This Golden-fronted Woodpecker was one of the first we saw.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Then came along a Black-crested Titmouse.

Black-crested Titmouse

Black-crested Titmouse

This gorgeous, Great Horned Owl stared me down.

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

A Red-tailed Hawk hunted from the top of a tree.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

It finally got restless and decided to leave for different hunting grounds.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Just getting these photos made the whole trip worth while.  Click on any of them to see enlargements.