Puget Sound Bird Fest (Edmonds, WA)

Pudget Sound Bird FestPuget Sound Bird Fest is coming up!

A Kid’s Guide to Birding: Saturday, 4:00-5:00 PM (Room:  302)
Lorenzo Rohani of Edmonds is an award-winning photographer and co-author A Kid’s Guide to Birding.  He started birding at age 5 and took up wildlife photography at age 9.  Lorenzo’s presentation focuses on how to get started birding in your backyard and the importance of creating a backyard bird habitat, as well as highlighting interesting birds that are common in the Northwest. With photos and video clips from some of his own birding adventures to the ocean, the mountains, and beyond, Lorenzo will demonstrate how much fun it can be to travel to new destinations and discover and add new birds to your life list!
Yost Park Guided Walk for TEENS: Saturday, 5:30-6:30 PM
FREE, No registration required, meet in the parking lot at Yost Park.
Lorenzo will lead a walk especially for teens who want to bird with other kids their age. This walk will coincide with the Yost Park Guided Walk for Kids and Families described above. The two walks will start and end in the same place, and visit different habitats in the park separately. Bring binoculars if you have them!

For more details: http://www.pugetsoundbirdfest.com/about-the-event

Being a sandpiper

Here’s an interesting article about animal consciousness.

http://www.aeonmagazine.com/nature-and-cosmos/the-science-of-animal-consciousness/

I really liked this bit: “For myself, I’d be happy to see a revival of naturalist language, the sort of charming, unapologetically anthropomorphic descriptions one finds in old field guides, written before the ascendance of the 20th century’s airless, specialist vernacular. It’s a voice heard in The Birds of Essex County, Massachusetts (1905) in which Charles Wendell Townsend described a ‘low, rolling gossipy note’ voiced by semipalmated sandpipers approaching other birds. He waxed eloquent about their courtship, the male ‘pouring forth a succession of musical notes, continuous wavering trill, and ending with a few very sweet notes that recall those of a goldfinch… one may be lucky enough, if near at hand, to hear a low musical cluck from the excited bird. This is, I suppose, the full love flight-song.’ It is the language of a man who cares.”

 

Tahoma Audubon Kids’ Expedition Day Birdathon Field Trip

Tahoma Audubon Kids' Expedition Day Birdathon Field Trip

Lorenzo leading Tahoma Audubon’s Kid’s Expedition Day 2013 Birdathon Field Trip. Despite the rainy forecast, we had 10 enthusiastic briders come out to participate. Which was great because got to see a lot of great bird species on the trip:

American Bittern
American Goldfinch
American Robins
Barn Swallows
Brown Tree Creeper
Canada Geese
Caspian Terns
Cedar Wax wings
Cinnamon Teal
Cliff Swallow
Common Yellow Throat
Crow
Eagles (2)
European Starling
Great Blue Harons
Great Horned Owl
Hooded Merganser
Mallard Duck
Marsh Wren
Northern Shoveler
Pied-billed Grebe
Song Sparrow
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Towhee
Swainson’s Thrush
Tree Swallows
Violet-Green Swallows

 

 

 

Wellington Elementary

Lorenzo explaining birding to a very enthusiastic class of 2nd-graders. The next presentation will be May 18th for Eastside Audubon Society, then May 25th at Camano Island State Park (CISP amphitheater, 7:30), then May 27th a guided birding walk (Audubon fundraiser) at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (8:00 am – 11 am)

Birds On The Edge of Extinction

Masked FinfootHundreds of bird species have seen a population decline so rapid, experts believe they could disappear completely anytime.

More than 1300 bird species are facing extinction. For more details see BirdLife International (2012). A new book, The World’s Rarest Birds, contains photos of 800 of these bird species.

To get photos of these rare birds, the editors of the book asked amateur photographers to submit photos to the World’s Rarest Birds Photo Competition. Click this link to see some examples: (Select Photos)

Chestnut-backed Chickadee Nest Cavity

Chestnut-backed-Chickadee

Our garden always has an abundance of Chestnut-backed Chickadees, who share the habitat all year round with Black-capped Chickadees, Nuthatches, Bushtits, and Juncos. So we have always assumed they must be making nest cavities close by.

This year, a pair have taken to a hole in our dogwood tree. They are using a hole started by Norther Flickers, and in fact it is only a few inches about the nest cavity that was actually used last year by the Northern Flickers. So what happens if the Northern Flickers return? Maybe we will find out.

Here’s a video of the Chestnut-backed-Chickadee working hard on the nest cavity:

Introduction to Bird Photography (May 5th)

Chestnut-backed ChickadeeWant to learn more about bird photography?

The Eastside Audubon has a class coming up on May 5: Introduction to Bird Photography. If you admire great bird photography and perhaps aspire to learn more about how to take their own pictures check out this class.

This really great Chestnut-backed Chickadee photo is by Larry Engles, one of the co-instructors for the class. You might also enjoy the websites of the class instructors:

Dan Streiffert: http://danstreiffert.smugmug.com/

Here’s the details:

What
  • Birdathon
  • Class
When May 05, 2013
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Event Location Omega Photo
Street Address 210 105th Ave. NE
City Bellevue
Map and directions http://goo.gl/maps/kcNhi
Contact Name Omega Photo
Contact Phone 425-455-2126
More information http://omegaphoto.biz
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