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)
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:
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:
Lorenzo and his dad, Michael Rohani, have traveled thousands of miles together birding and photographing birds. Their book, A Kid’s Guide to Birding, is full of tips for kids about how to get started in birding, where to find birds, and ways to identify them. It also shows projects you can do to bring birds into your own back yard.
Lorenzo loves birds and is always learning more fun facts about them. He’ll tell about the fun he’s had looking at birds and share his beautiful photographs. Grownups say his talk is as entertaining and informative for them as it is for kids.
To read Lorenzo’s blog and learn more about him, visit his website, kidsbirding.com.
Be sure to join Eastside Audubon and Lorenzo Rohani for an unforgettable afternoon.
Lots of cool things are becoming known about birds. Maybe this isn’t as surprising as birds making tools or holding funerals — other things we’ve learned recently — but emotional reactions to songs is interesting just because it too makes birds seem to have a little more in common with humans.
Post #3 for great places to go birding. American Avocets and Black-neck Stilts are just two of the amazing birds you can find in the Toppenish area. Check out my video and gallery of photos from Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge. I’ve included directions and tips for getting there.