I tried to keep the trip simple. We focused on birds that made themselves most available for viewing. Kelly really enjoyed nice view of Scarlett Tanager, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Baltimore Orioles, Rose-breasted Grosbeak,Tree Swallows, Eastern Phoebe, and Eastern Bluebirds just to name a few. We also focused on listening to the songs of: Wood Thrush, Eastern Wood-Pewee (listen to their song if you've never heard it), Black-throated Green Warbler, and the Red-bellied Woodpecker.The only pictures I took Sunday were of this Eastern Kingbird -(Tyrannus tyrannus). It is a large dark flycatcher of open areas. I found it interesting to read that they can be very aggressive toward nest predators. They regularly attack much larger birds such as hawks and crows!
We had a great time Sunday. It was a bit of a cloudy day, but the rain held off. Kelly is looking forward to another birding trip.
Things you may want to consider if you're bringing someone on their first bird walk:
- Make sure the person you are bringing has a pair of binoculars that will work for birding. It may be a good idea to bring along an extra pair as well.
- Focus on getting good looks at birds. Don't worry about finding the uncommon ones.
- Spend some time listening to birds as well as seeing them. Assure the person that they need not learn every song. Just learn the songs of common birds and track down songs that you don't recognize.
- Bring along a field guide so that you can point out what you are seeing and hearing.
- pick a location that you are familiar with to make it easier to find the birds.
- Don't over do it. Keep the trip short and sweet.
- Give the person a list of birds seen or heard, so they can look them up later if they want to.
These are just a few quick tips.-Can you think of any more ? Have you ever introduced someone to their first birding experience, or do you recall your first time birding?