As you know diary I have tried, and tried to identify Sparrows.
But I am finding it very difficult find them since they are
so small. I can spot them clustered in a bush all chatting like it’s a brown bird convention. But who are they? Is the sparrow I am seeing an American tree sparrow, or Chipping sparrow, or Field sparrow, or Clay-colored sparrow I can’t tell. Every time I try to sneak up on them one by one they pop off the tiny branches and fly away.
I know need better binoculars so I can spy on the small, brown birds without scaring them away.
My total for this year’s GREAT YEAR is not going up as
quickly since all brown birds look the same when flying away! I guess I could just add ONE to my total since I at least know they are sparrows.
They are cute so I forgive them.
It is Monday, and again I am up very early before getting ready for school. It is 6AM again. Since I am up I wrote a list to help birdwatchers with their Great Year in Wisconsin.
What is a Great Year? A Great Year is counting all the kinds of birds you have seen in one year. Every birdwatcher starts their Great Year on January 1st.
Here is the list of BIRDS OF PREY in WISCONSIN:
(not in alphabetical order)
- Turkey Vulture
- Bald Eagle
- Barred Owl
- Great Horned Owl
- Red-tailed Hawk
- Northern Harrier
- Cooper’s Hawk
- Eastern Screech Owl
- Broad-winged Hawk
- American Kestrel
- Sharped Shinned Kestrel
The list is in order of my favorite Birds of Prey
to ones that are harder to see on my farm.
Kirby said he’s already seen an American Kestrel, but
I talked to the local ornithologist in Kickapoo Valley
and she said she hasn’t seen one this year.
I don’t know about that Kirby, or his robot.