Today I graduated from the waterfowl ID for beginners class at Audubon. Life beyond mallards is good.
I’m still a novice birder, but some tricks are beginning to stick like, where’s the white on the duck? How big is the bill in relation to the head? Is the duck dabbling or diving? What habitat is the bird in? I asked myself these questions as we birded in the rain at Dawson Creek Park.
We also saw not-ducks!
Red-winged Blackbirds have become my photo-buddies.
A special treat on this trip was a visit to the resident Acorn Woodpecker granary tree. And with the tree came Acorn Woodpeckers! Another new bird! And what a fun, curious bird with such a complex social structure.
I could watch them all day.
But there are more birds to bird!
P.S. Birder-lingo I learned today: Dip– to miss out on finding a bird you were looking for; as in, we dipped at seeing a Northern Shoveler today.