Today, as we watch the snow melt after a freak early spring snowstorm here in Maryland, I am thinking back to our visit to the Yucatan last November, where the skies were sunny, the ocean was so very blue, the temperatures were perfect and the people were friendly and kind. Our trip revolved around family and wasn’t meant to be a birding expedition, but we still saw some cool birds while we were there and I got pictures of some of them. I think of it as “birding around the edges.” Here are some of the birds we saw on our adventure.
Most days I see the same birds at my feeders. It varies by season, time of day and weather, but I generally see the same species, usually in about the same numbers. But just when you think you won’t see anything new, a different bird comes along that you haven’t seen before. Today’s special visitor was a single Pine Warbler. It took me an hour of watching him flit around, coming, leaving and coming back again, before I decided on Pine Warbler. Because this was a new bird for me, I took several steps to be sure I had the ID right.
Today I’m counting birds. Well, every day I count birds at some point as part of my bird watching, but today is right in the middle of the Great Backyard Bird Count:
“Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 100,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.”