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    Blog Birding #113

    Good stuff from Nick L at The Birdist, on the two types of bird photography:

    There is a lot of overlap, but “behavior photos” are a slightly different beast.  Here, the focus isn’t the acknowledgement of the species, but the bird in it’s habitat – a better phrase might be “documentary” or “lifestyle” shots.  These are the kind that win photo contests – the kinds of photos birders would like to take if they could sit down and take a bunch of pictures instead of rushing to the next twitch all the time.

    At the ABA’s Young Birder Blog, The Eyrie, Ethan Rising recounts the recent Ohio Young Birder Conference:

    The dates for the conference worked out really well for me. I had the Friday before the conference off from school, so my family  and I headed for Dayton a day early to help set up. I think the best part of set up was “having” to scout out the bird walk for the next morning. On this walk we saw several woodpecker species including Pileated, Red-bellied, and Downy woodpeckers. We also saw a Northern Flicker and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The conference was at a great facility that has a working farm. It was hilarious when we walked by the turkeys. They ran up to us, expecting dinner. I had never had the experience of seeing more than 50 turkeys running TOWARD me at such close range. They have a pretty goofy looking run! Mom bought some farm fresh eggs  while we were there. If you’ve ever wondered if there is a difference between eggs at the store and fresh eggs straight from the farm- there is!

    Good stuff from Drew Weber at The Nemesis Bird on using Google to map out your CBC:

    I thought I would share just a little of the map prep work I did, last minute, for the Syracuse CBC. Hopefully this will help you out  in your last minute planning as well. This is particularly useful when covering a new area or doing a new CBC. You might even discover that there are more areas to cover in your sectors than you knew of!

    Jeff Cooper, writing at NeoVista Birding, shares the wonder in finally figuring out what birds are saying:

    We met at Creekside Park because it would be a new location for me and Rich had recently photographed Evening Grosbeaks,  intergrade Northern Flickers, and Bohemian Waxwings in the park. Grosbeaks aren’t necessarily rare in the valleys of northern Utah during the winter, but I was hoping to add some nice images to my web albums. Intergrade Northern Flickers (crosses between Red and Yellow-shafted) are being reported a little more frequently in Utah in recent years because local birders have become more discerning as they observe flickers. Bohemian Waxwing sightings vary from year to year in northern Utah. I have yet  to see one since I started birding a few years ago.

    Cool stuff from Radley Icenoggle, who gets an opportunity to check out the bird collection at the University of Montana.

    Recently, I had the immense pleasure of perusing the drawers of the avian collection at the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum  located on the campus of the University of Montana. In each of drawers, there were lined with preserved skins of many birds, including representation of almost the entire Montana native bird community. The specimens date from near the turn of the last century until the recent past. Collectors such as Morton J. Elrod, C. F. Hedges, Philip L. Wright, and Jeff Marks have all of their specimens in the museum. Visiting this place opens the book of the Montana ornithological annuals where you can almost feel the hands preparing the study skins.

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    Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog. A long-time member of the bird blogosphere, Nate has been writing about birds and birding at The Drinking Bird since 2007, but can also be found writing regularly at 10,000 Birds. In the non-digital world, he's an environmental educator and interpretive naturalist. Nate lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children, who are not yet aware that they are being groomed to be birders.
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