I really don’t know where and when I got interested in birds. I don’t consider myself a “birder” who has a list to check off of birds I’ve seen, though I do sometimes write down if I see a new one. And I try to identify the songs for as many as I can, with the help of the internet, and a book that contains a tiny tape recorder: The Backyard Birdsong Guide.
I also like reading about birds – What the Robin Knows, H is for Hawk; Suburban Safari; One Wild Bird at a Time… (OK, I haven’t finished them all, but they’re under my roof.)
A friend has alerted me that end of September is an extremely good time to hear migrating birds flying (way) overhead at night:
To quote from this 9/28 article by Andrew Farnsworth:
“We estimate that 594 million birds will take flight tonight across the contiguous. And there will be additional, similarly large flights, in the coming nights! This will likely represent one of the largest series of migration nights of the year for this contiguous US.
For those in areas under heavy migration advisories, this will be a great opportunity to experience nocturnal migration by listening at night to vocal birds in flight, or by observing the following morning for new arrival and departures. In the highly urbanized areas, especially cities in the central and southern US, it is also particularly important to turn off lights at night to avoid attracting birds into hazardous conditions in which they can collide with buildings and other structures.”
And here, in 24 seconds, you can see Nocturnal Migration Flows from January – December… it’s quite dramatic:
And from Colorado State University’s Aeroeco Lab, are US maps of migration forecasts for the next several nights:
“Aeroecology is the study of airborne organisms and their utilization of the lower atmosphere (i.e. aerosphere).”
What connection/interest, if any, do you have with birds?
Is there a bird that you would go out of your way to see? … or get out of your bed to hear?