Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Birding Tip: Something New

I am going to present a challenge to you. Try to identify as many birds as you can without thinking about color. Richard Crossly likes to bird without using color as a field mark. By not using color as a field mark you will become more accustomed to tougher identifications. It is not as easy as it sounds. Birding without using color is hard. Think of pattern, shape, size, and range rather than color. It may sound weird at first but it is a great training exercise. I hope you try this! It should make a difference in your birding. Because sometimes you can't see the colors of a bird, by doing this exercise you can hopefully identify those birds more easily. Thanks for reading everybody and have a good day. And check out Richard's bird guide for Eastern North America! It's the best yet.
John Mark Simmons for TB

Dark Eyed Junco ( Brown Adult) by John Mark Simmons

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