I have a friend who is a bird watcher. She can rattle of the names of almost every bird she sees. She has told me often that I would be able to recognize the different birds if I kept at it. But I kind of felt like a bird dunce. I mean I can recognize the basic birds - a crow, blue jay, cardinal, robin, hummingbird, robin, chickadees. But I have no clue what most of them are.
However, I've discovered that my repertoire of birds is expanding. Here are a few pictures I've taken and birds that I've learned over the past few months.
American tree sparrow.
Today I was so excited to see this guy across the road in a tree. He is young because you can see the black feathers still peeking through the white on his head. He sat on the tree branch and was eating a pheasant.
I took this one a few summers ago and still don't know what it is. Any ideas? A mockingbird? Editing to add that I got my answer. It's a gray catbird.
I've been enjoying doing some bird watching each day and recognizing the different birds who come to visit each day.