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The HubPages Birdwatcher's Club

Updated on March 24, 2013
Male Blue-Winged Teal(top) and American Coot(bottom)
Male Blue-Winged Teal(top) and American Coot(bottom) | Source

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.

Great Egret in Flight
Great Egret in Flight | Source

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?

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!

Canada Geese
Canada Geese | Source

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?

American Avocet with Blue-Winged Teals
American Avocet with Blue-Winged Teals | Source

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Grace, that is a capital idea. I never even thought of doing that. Go ahead and open your thread. I'm not sure how to do any of that, but I would like us all to be attached to it. Are you talking about the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill?

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      graceomalley 4 years ago

      What does everyone think of having a 'sort of' chatroom, by posting hubs we all comment on, or by opening forum threads. That wouldn't required synchronized schedules.

      Could we add 'Hubpages Birdwatchers' to hub titles aimed at the group? Like a hub called 'I Visit The Wild Parrots of San Francisco: Hubpages Birdwatchers"

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I don't know if we will be able to make a chat room or not, due to the fact that we all have such different schedules. Feel free to e-mail me, and we could talk about different things.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      I truly think this is a great idea. I love watching the birds, something I have did for years with my dad. I must admit, it has been years since I actually got into it, but I am always on the lookout. It would be cool to have a chat room, that is a brilliant idea!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I remember the red kite hub. Did you want to belong to the club?

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds great, grandmapearl. Good to have you.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi, I live right next to what I call the Red Kite Tree! lol! I sit and watch them on and off through the day, in fact I wrote a hub about it, I do get down to the river sometimes to see the birds but not enough really to do it regularly though, great idea though and good luck, nell

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      You can count me in!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      kasmir, thanks for the compliments. Do you want to be part of the club?

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is such a great hub, and it look like you have many great birds where you live. You have some beautiful photos of them just in this hub . Your hubs are always interesting and illustrated with such beautiful photos of very beautiful birds, well done !

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like a great idea, grace. I would love to see them.

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      graceomalley 4 years ago

      Quails nest here, and quail parents with a little line of babies trotting behind them are a common sight out foraging on the walking path behind my house. I should try to get some shots when they emerge.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Welcome, graceomalley! It will be a wonderful experience. Have you seen any birds in the neighborhood and in the open space? You can even share stories from the past.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      shiningirisheyes, it will be a good experience. Do you have any pictures or funny stories to share?

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You're fortunate to have that, Johan. Many people are showing interest, which is a very good thing. It will be fun.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You'll get that camera when you can, unknown spy. I consider myself so lucky to have what I have in this area. You'll see some interesting things in tomorrow's hub.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Good deal, summerberrie!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, sallieann! It is great to have you aboard. I lived in DE a number of years ago, and did volunteer work at Tri-State Bird Rescue. You should definitely do your hub, and keep taking those photos. Sometimes conditions aren't ideal for pics, so it is just best to keep on trying, you'll get good ones, it is just a matter of time. Assateague is a good place, for I happened to be there during the yearly pony sale. I had no ideal what it was, though. I was petting the corralled ponies, thinking nothing of it. A male approached me and told me that they were wild and I'd better be careful, as they bite.

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      graceomalley 4 years ago

      I am fascinated by birds of all sorts, though my health problems limit me in going to where they live. I rarely drive farther than say 15 minutes from my house. There are many birds who live around my neighborhood (I border open space, and am only a few miles from large redwood forests.) Three birds live in my house, and keep me company. I am very interested in the growing populations of urban and suburban parrots. Would love to be a part of the group and learn more about all types of birds.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      As always, I so enjoyed a visit with you at Boomer Lake. I never bore of these informative and interesting beauties of nature from you!

      Another wonderful journey for me.

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Good idea and you need to pursue it. In East London we have a Bird Net site that shares sightings in the area on a daily basis and is very helpful in assisting with ID and sharing rare sightings!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      you have so many beautiful and rare birds on your place Deb. sometimes i wanted to buy a nice camera to take pictures of these beauties.

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      summerberrie 4 years ago

      I'm in! Great idea.

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      sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

      I would love to join your birdwatching club! I live, pretty much, in the forest on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and we have a lot of birds. I was actually just thinking about doing a hub called "The birds of Morris Road", where I live because we have so many wonderful birds. I always try to snap pictures of them and some are not so good but some turn out pretty well. I've accumulated quite a few and just wanted to share them. I also frequently visit Assateague Island which is a great place to see wildlife, not only birds...it is an island off of the coast of Maryland with the ocean on the east side and the Chesapeake Bay on the west side. It is a great place for people who love the outdoors where you can camp in tents or truck campers on the beach but there are no houses or buildings... it is not for tourists who like materialistic things but a great place for nature walks, birding, beachcombing, kayaking and canoing (on the bay side and ocean side) and many other outdoor activities.

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