Friday, February 4, 2011

Bird Watching Globe 54/365

Yes, I'm an 80 year old women trapped in a 35 year old body.  I used to think bird watching was lame, now I really enjoy it, though I'm still learning my birds.  Here is my deck set-up, in hopes of capturing a bird eating of the plate.  I sprinkled seed down the deck steps in hopes of luring them from my backyard of preserved wetlands.

I played the game Sorry with the kids and waited.  A bird came after ten minutes.  Here it is! Can you identify it?  It looks almost like a black capped chickadee but with less white on his body.
My husband came home from work and saw us like this, hoping we could get another close-up.  It didn't happen, even after an hour but it was fun watching and waiting!


10 comments:

  1. I like every, single aspect of this post!

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  2. maybe a dark-eyed junco? i love this too.

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  3. The pic of you and your daughter is adorable!

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  4. Aww, Amy you and your daughter are so cute! And don't worry, your not the only under 80 year old who loves bird watching, every winter I find myself pimping out my bird feeders a little more and being the dork on Saturday mornings at breakfast getting all excited about new birds. I don't know what this kind that you photographed, but I get a ton of them too.

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  5. Glad to hear I'm not the only birdwatcher under 80:) Meg, are you on the east coast, too? Jill, I will take that guess and let you know once the votes are all in. My mom is diligently researching this for us.

    Thanks for the comments! I forgot to mention how hard it is to keep kids quiet during bird watching and there were some opportunities that we missed, and though it's not the ideal shot, I will be happy to learn what kind of bird this is.

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  6. This is wonder-full. I cracked up seeing the two of you in wait.

    Your feeder reminds me of "Alice in Wonderland" (highly influenced by the fact that I make that connection a lot) and your description of your seed trail left me smiling in a very BIG way.

    I say: you are wise beyond your years and twice as much fun!

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  7. yeah, i'm curious to see what W finds out. in my quick search, the DEJ was the closest, but yours looks darker than the pics online. of course, coloring can vary. anyway, this reminds me that i need to fill my feeders and pull out the field guide...

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  8. He's a junco! I love them, they're so cute and quirky. Have you seen the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's resource, http://www.allaboutbirds.org ? It's my go-to when I find a bird I can't identify. The junco was one of the first new birds I learned a few years ago.

    With love from another 80-year-old woman trapped in a 35-year-old body.

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  9. Love the photography!!!! Awesome once again!!!

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  10. I am so happy to be in good company with bird watchers! Thank you Jill and Jess for identifying the bird! A squirrel came today and ate the seed, I took some pics, but they just aren't as interesting.

    I am bookmarking the Cornell Lab site since the one I used wasn't very user-friendly. Thanks again for the kind words, and bird loving support!

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