Young Birder Blog Birding #36

Young Birder Blog Birding #36

As the year winds down, many of us are enjoying or preparing for Christmas Bird Counts! If you are looking for a last-minute CBC event, check here for a searchable map viewer.
Sparrow-lover Lucas Bobay of Birding With Bobay shares his excitement seeing an American Tree Sparrow for the first time while visiting family during Thanksgiving!

And just as American Tree Sparrows seldom stray southward, I seldom stray northward, and thus our paths had yet to cross. As a sparrow-loving birder (don’t ever call them LBJs, ever), I knew I couldn’t miss an opportunity to see one.

Lucas Bobay’s first American Tree Sparrow, seen in Armleder Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lucas Bobay’s first American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea), seen in Armleder Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.


While we are inside enjoying steamy mugs of hot chocolate, it is important to remember to feed the birds outside, who have to bear the sometimes brutal cold weather! As a result, Charlotte Wasyilk of Prairie Birder shares her grandmother’s no-fail suet recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lard and some bacon grease (or the fat of your choice) [edited/updated to add: if you are vegetarian or vegan, you could try substituting your favourite type of solid vegetable shortening, like Crisco — you might have to add more cornmeal and flour]
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 6 cups cornmeal
  • 5 cups flour
  • any dried fruit or nuts you’d like to add

Think you know California bird distribution? What bird is in the distribution map below? Test your knowledge in Neil Gilbert’s post from Not Just Birds.

Neil Gilbert’s hint:  "This one is only found in California--provided, of course, your definition of California includes the Bajas.”

Neil Gilbert’s hint:
“This one is only found in California–provided, of course, your definition of California includes the Bajas.”


Chloe Walker of Chloe’s Birding Blog celebrates the first-ever Big Sandy Christmas Bird Count on December 13th, finishing the day with a total of 76 species!
A female Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) from the first Big Sandy Christmas Bird Count!

A female Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) from the first Big Sandy Christmas Bird Count!


Birder Jasen Liu of The Lost Vagrant reminisces on some late-summer finds:

August 6th: Following the SECOND rain we had this year in the summer, I went on a standard bike trip to Alviso. Shorebird migration was going well, with a large diversity of those species seen. Overall a very lovely day.

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) with a Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla).

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) with a Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla).


Here’s to another year of birding! Hoping the year 2015 brings some exciting finds!

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