If You Want to Go Deeper With Your Birding Skills, Accept This Challenge

If You Want to Go Deeper With Your Birding Skills, Accept This Challenge

If You Want to Go Deeper With Your Birding Skills, Accept This Challenge

I was watching a group of Hooded Merganser’s on a local pond the other day and saw something that I never would have noticed if I hadn’t agreed to challenge myself.

This challenge has helped to break me out of my rut with birding and I want to share it with you today.

It has pushed me to see the birds I am already familiar with in a much deeper way.

Enjoy,

~ Kristi

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Thanks to the good folks at Flickr Creative Commons for the following images:
Hooded Merganser – USFWS – Flickr Creative Commons – 2015
Cooper’s Hawk – Renee Grayson – Flickr Creative Commons – 2018

Leave a comment below to let me know how the challenge goes for you.

The Best Time To Go Birding (To Experience the MAGIC)

The Best Time To Go Birding (To Experience the MAGIC)

The Best Time To Go Birding (To Experience the MAGIC)

 Most birders head out early in the morning or a little later in the day to find the “good” birds, but very few people go out at this time of day.

In fact, I’m often the only one watching birds during this time of day. I have to say, some of my most magic experiences, as well as some of the largest numbers of birds I’ve seen have been witnessed at this time of day.

Check out the video below to hear more.

 

P.S. … If you are looking for a bird nerd gift this holiday season, come check out www.birdmentor.com to pick up my new FREE book, Identify Any Bird Anywhere.

Seriously The BEST Time to See Kinglets

Seriously The BEST Time to See Kinglets

Seriously The BEST Time to See Kinglets

I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was nourishing.

Before I left for my family’s house on Thursday to partake in the eating of copious amounts of food, I headed out for a run to my favorite wetland.  Despite it being super windy, I heard a few kinglets calling and felt inspired to make a short video for you.

You see, normally, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet and the Golden-crowned Kinglets can be quite challenging to see. This is because, in addition to being so quick and little, they spend much of their year very high up in the trees.

In fact, it took me 2 whole years to spot my first kinglet after learning what it sounded like.

But, all hope is not lost and it’s really not as hard as it seems to see them.  It just takes the right time of year, a few layers, an indomitable spirit and a warm mug of tea/coffee if you have one.

Check out the video below to hear more.

 

P.S. … If you are looking for a bird nerd gift this holiday season, come check out www.birdmentor.com to pick up my new FREE book, Identify Any Bird Anywhere.

How to Find Warblers During Migration

How to Find Warblers During Migration

How to Find Warblers During Migration

If you’ve ever tried to find a warbler during migration you know it can be pretty tough. Right?

Well, in my video today I have a tip that most birders don’t think of right way that can make your warbler searching super simple, even beginners can find them. 

Leave a comment below to let me know what birds you’ve seen sheperding the warblers through the forest.

One Action Every Beginning Birder Can Take to Improve Their Skills.

One Action Every Beginning Birder Can Take to Improve Their Skills.

One Action Every Beginning Birder Can Take to Improve Their Skills.

People are always asking me what they can do to improve their skills as a birder. Some things take time, and even years to learn. Other things, like this tip I’m going to share in today’s video, are super simple and something anyone can do.

In addition to helping you to become a better birder, it will also build your confidence and self-reliance, so you don’t need to rely on the experts all the time.

Click this link to check out these and my other favorite birding guides, as well as a host of other cool books about birds.

How to Feed Birds in the Winter, Without Having to Buy Loads of Birdseed

How to Feed Birds in the Winter, Without Having to Buy Loads of Birdseed

How to Feed Birds in the Winter, Without Having to Buy Loads of Birdseed

Not only can bird seed be expensive after a while it can get pretty messy, calling in all sorts of critters like rodents and even bear. So, what’s a bird lover to do when they really want to offer a little extra nourishment to the birds over the colder months?

Check out today’s video to hear more.