Monday, January 3, 2022

January Bird Search Is Like A Word Search

It was nothing but grey, drizzly weather this weekend. Generally I prefer a little sunshine for better viewing and photo conditions but this weekend was different because it was the start of a new year. For many birders this means the start of a brand new list of bird species. I was excited to see a flock of blackbirds in the yard.
There was over 100 in total. I all I really needed was one. Number 16 on the species list for January 2022 is the Common Grackle.
Later in the morning I scanned across a rainy pond and found Northern Pintails. They are a little more challenging to find. It was number 19 on my list.

You don't need to make lists of bird species to enjoy birdwatching. it is just another form of entertainment. It is sort of like doing a word search because you feel compelled to find the next word in the puzzle just as you feel compelled to find the next bird species. It's just another form of entertainment but I like it better because it gets you outdoors to enjoy nature. 

 One good way to start is to just make a list of bird species that you see in the month of January. I've seen as many as 100 different species in Connecticut in January but it doesn't really matter. It's just something to do that makes the long winter months pass by a little more quickly. You can also keep a list of birds seen during the whole year but that takes a little more commitment. If you've never done it then give it a try!

1 comment:

Val Ewing said...

Last year I enjoyed finding birds! I found a flock of Robins in our creek/forest area and they seemed to stay all winter!

We have crows, eagles, hawks, and lots of sparrows! I should try and make a list!
Thanks, you always remind me how fun it is to watch for birds!