WHAT KIND OF BIRD?
(click on photo for a clearer view)
How many times have you heard the question, “What kind of bird is that?”
I know I have asked that question many times in the past. And, today while I was writing the last chapters for the second book in the “Adventures with Easton,” I needed that question answered quickly so I could move on with the writing.
What did I do? I consulted the “Cornell Lab of Ornithology” website for help. And, guess what? In a matter of minutes I identified the type of bird I had envisioned in my mind by entering several key words into their search field. I now wonder if I had seen this male bird somewhere in my past because of the vivid markings on its wing? It’s called a Red-winged blackbird.
If you don’t know about “Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website”, please check it out here… And, you will be pleasantly surprised at the wealth of information you will find on such things as:Birds of Paradise Project, Latest Issue of Living Birds, Listen to Your World, Young Birders Unite and.. Tricky ID Help.
And, I discovered something NEW: They have a brand new website that launched on February 11, 2013: “BirdSleuth“..
- Question : What is BirdSleuth? Answer: BirdSleuth is an inquiry-based science curriculum that engages kids in scientific study and real data collection through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s exciting citizen science projects….It’s “Real Science for Real Kids:”….(I like they way they phrased this. After-all aren’t we all still kids, at least in our own minds?)
Now, it’s your turn. Can you name what kind of bird I have pictured? The place where I saw these birds was in Western North Carolina (Eastern USA). Hint: If you don’t know, then check out the ALL ABOUT BIRDS – GUIDE on the “Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s” website.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, April 4, 2013