The HubPages Birdwatcher's Club
As many of you know, when it comes to birds, I am all ears. My thoughts today while I was out taking pictures at Boomer Lake Park in Stillwater, Oklahoma, is that a birdwatching club would be just the ticket. Not only that, many people on HubPages are avid birders, those that are just getting started and are quite new at it, AND there are those that have been THINKING about it, but just don’t know where to begin.
Now, here’s the important thing. There are no rules, which tend to put a damper on things. I’d like to see just a group of people that can somehow get together on line via e-mails, a chat room, Yahoo Messenger, or what have you. We don’t even have to “meet,” shall we say, at any specific times. We will all decide what is the best for everyone that wants to be involved.
Participants don’t have to be members of HubPages, though it might help broaden your horizons a bit, as many great birders write about the familiar birds to them, no matter where they are in the world. So if you’re not a member, you might wish to consider it, as you could be missing out, and you might even want to write about your own birds.
My thoughts are that we could map out the areas that we frequent and are familiar with. For example, I would copy a map of Boomer Lake Park and label in such areas, as Scissor-Tail Tree(where the flycatchers were born), Mockingbird Tree(same scenario), Swallow Scrub(where swallows tend to hang out), and you might want to do the same. My plans were to refer to those specific areas where something interesting might be happening. At Boomer Lake, something is ALWAYS happening. We could exchange our maps, and then we would know exactly what each other is talking about when it comes to specific “hot” spots. Sound good, or do you have another idea?
Monocular and Binoculars Will Help You
To learn about the birds of the world where everyone lives would be a great thing. It would broaden our horizons immensely. There are so many wonderful birds out there that I have never heard about, and I think that this would be just the ticket to learn the birds of all the continents.
We could share photos of our birds, humorous stories, where we might be going for trips to get pictures of birds, just anything bird related. There are many people that might have questions about the best bird feeders, cameras, spotting scopes, how to make blinds, the best birding spots in your area, which bird favors what kind of food. We could even help beginners by answering their questions, and become better birders overall, just due to the fact that we have each other to exchange ideas and information with. The sky is the limit!
My weak points tend to be warblers, sparrows, and vireos. I need someone to help me with the differences of these birds to help make me a better birder. My strong points are ducks and shore birds.
Who wants to join?
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- Make a Feather Ribbon to Prevent Bird Strikes on Windows
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