In the new big world of COVID-19 you have to find more things to do near home. This has had me dust off my camera and start birding again. I’ve created 3 checklist in the last 4 days which is a veritable flurry of activity based on previous eBird usage.

Birding is interesting; it’s neat to start to put names to all the feathers in the forest that you see around here. Thank goodness eBird has a number of ‘hotspots’ in the area. This gives me a good starting point for what birds have been spotted by real birders. You can go through the hotspots and each species has a link so you can see pictures, hear their calls and other useful tidbits to help in identification. Not only is eBird a great place to help you start to identify birds in your area but the data that is collected there from birders is used for folks involved in the science of Birds.  

I’m definitely a newbie though. Today I had to submit my first ‘rare’ bird, this is exciting and I’m expecting to hear back from the local birding authorities that, “While they appreciate my enthusiasm, some corrections are required…”

Update on March 23: The patient Dianne Cooper, who montiors posts in the East Kootenays, did indeed get back to me letting me know that it wasn’t the ‘rare’ Savannah Sparrow, rather his more common cousin the Song Sparrow.

Anyways, I’m a long way off the bird counts of the real birders in the area but it is a great way for Eric & I to while away some time in the great outdoors.