How to Learn Bird Calls ~ Crow v/s Raven

How to Learn Bird Calls ~ Crow v/s Raven

Ever wish you could tell the difference between a crow and a raven call?  It’s a bit easier than you may think.

Today I’ll share a few tips about how to tell the difference between their voices as well as their appearance.

There is a sweet moment in the video where they actually showed up (vocally that is), as if on cue. 

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

Do You Really Want to Become a Better Birder?

Do You Really Want to Become a Better Birder?

A lot of people talk about wanting to improve their birding skills and try all sorts of tips and tricks to do so.

What I’m going to share with you today may feel a little edgy and disconcerting at first, but it is honestly one of the best things you can do to become a better birder…. and a better observer of life in general.

Leave a comment below to tell me what bird you think I was describing.

 

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What About The Ladies?

What About The Ladies?

I was leading a bird walk for a sassy group of women from Texas this summer and we were having a blast. Unfortunately, one of the women was constantly struggling to find the birds we were seeing in her field guide.

I didn’t want her to feel frustrated with her experience, so I walked over to see if I could help. That’s when I noticed something strange and a little disconcerting about the field guide she was using.

Check out today’s video to hear what we discovered. I’ll also share some of the distinguishing characteristics of the Hooded Merganser and the Eared Grebe.

Thank you to the generous folks who share their work on Flickr Creative Commons, especially:

1. Eared Grebe – John Kendall – 2011
2. Hooded Merganser – Male – Nigel – 2012
3. Hooded Merganser – Female – Paul Albertella – 2013

Is Spring Migration an Intimidating Experience For You?

Is Spring Migration an Intimidating Experience For You?

With new migrants arriving every day, some rare and some not so rare… it can be really intimidating as a beginning birder (even as an experienced birder) to know who you are looking at this time of year.

Not to worry.

In today’s video, I’ll share a helpful tip to get you solidly grounded in what you need to do the next time you spot a new bird in your neighborhood.

Click the video below to check it out.

Leave a comment below to let me know what bird you think we saw.

Deciphering the Master Birder’s Secret Code

Deciphering the Master Birder’s Secret Code

Does it ever sound like a foreign language when you listen to a master birder speak about the features on a bird’s body?

Well, it kind of is.

Today, Kristi is going to walk us through 12 topographical features on a bird’s head to help us build our confidence and knowledge of this secret language.

The code for the Village Cohort is SONG BIRD.

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Making Sense of Markings

Making Sense of Markings

If you only have a split second to look at a bird, what are the best features to focus on?

Along with crushing on her little Leica binoculars, Kristi will share an easy tip to follow in those situations where you know the bird you’ve just gotten in focus is about to fly… and fly far.

Please leave a comment below and tell me what family markers you chose for the species you decided to focus on.  I’d love to know!!