Don’t be a bird brain!

Don’t be a bird brain!

Okay, so that’s not a nice thing to say but the point I’m trying to make today is that there’s more to describing birds you see than color and size. When you are bird watching, it’s helpful to take notes in your nature journal to help you identify the bird, to remember what you saw later, and to become more specific in your observations.

Here are some things to make note of:

  • What season is it?
  • Where are you?
  • What kind of environment are you in? (Open space, near a lake, etc)
  • Where is the bird? (On the ground, in a tree, etc.)
  • Is the bird alone?
  • What is the bird doing?
  • What is the bird eating?
  • Is the bird making a sound? How can you describe the sound?
  • What shape is the beak? The wing?
  • What colors do you see?

Here is a page from our bird journal (literally) with some words you can use to describe the birds you see:

Happy bird watching!

Post script: The image I shared at the top of this post is from a book called The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, which is the actual nature diary from the early 20th century. It is gorgeous and inspirational and I’m going to share more about it later!

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