Friday, August 13, 2010

#9 Backyard Tip: Study the Common Birds First

How well do you know a bird? Can you describe a common bird that you have seen a million times? Do you recall all the details of its plumage or field marks?

Take a moment to write down, or draw, what a Blue Jay looks like, and compare your notes to its image in a field guide and see how well you have done.

Start in your backyard and study the common birds first. Know them well. This will help in being able to identify similar looking and less common species, as well as enhance your birding skills and enjoyment of our wonderful passion.
photo © adrian binns

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