Bird is the word - A Blog for bird watchers.
Please join me on my nature walks as I take you through the four seasons of the Northeastern U.S.
My goal is to try to express the fun and benefits of getting out for healthy walks and being greeted by wonderful birds and wildlife.
My dream is that you will be inspired, as I was several years ago, to grab a pair of binoculars or a camera. I never looked back and it has helped my physical and mental health. My knowledge of birds has certainly improved in a short time and so can yours!
I plan to write to you frequently with my ongoing birding adventures. In addition, I'm planning to do extra entries to go in depth on past photos and experiences as well as highlight facts and information about individual species of birds to keep things interesting.
So, please check back often!
Please use this email firstname.lastname@example.org to send me your questions and to ask me for any/all bird identifications you come across on your adventures!
Whether you are new to this or experienced, if you'd like your bird stories to appear in my blog I welcome that too! Send 'em my way! Let’s have some fun and go birding together!! ~ G.S. Wedders
**Blog Update 10/2/17** I'm so happy and excited to announce we have a huge upgrade to the 'Bird Is The Word' blog! 'The Beauty of Birding' by Rachelle Vaughn has its first post included below! Reading about birds of the west coast of the United States is such a treat, and a much needed and enjoyed contrast to my Eastern U.S sightings! I'm so blown away by her writing and photographs and you will be too!!
One of my favorite parts of being a birdwatcher and a photographer is every year for the last four years I make a calendar of my favorite pictures to give as gifts to friends and family. As a birdwatcher first and a photographer second it is nice to review the year in photo’s and perhaps […]
So after yesterdays light birding day, I trudged my way back to the beach. It was not a very nice day, but I wondered if the windy conditions and rumors of migration coming my way could result in some success. I parked my car in a different spot that usual, not realizing it would be […]
A local pond walk gave me some decent looks at Wood Ducks. I kept not seeing them as they used the lily pads for cover, until it was too late and they would scatter in the other direction. I missed a great photo opportunity on a Warbling Vireo, but did get a nice picture of […]
The weekend, the beach, The migration continues, and today in a pretty big way! Many small birds quickly appeared and disappeared right before my eyes before finally time slows down a little as a Northern Parula treated me to some good looks. Getting a decent shot and leaving it alone to do it’s thing I […]
So a fourth day in a row at the same location, filled with dogged determination I trekked out to the beach once again. Quickly being assaulted by blood thirsty bugs I was forced to leave on my light hoodie. It would have been so nice to just go with short sleeves, but I digress. A […]
Part four of ‘The Clock Series’ brings us to: 3:00 The American Goldfinch As soon as I started to think about what I would write for my blog about the American Goldfinch, it quickly brought me back to a special memory. I had spotted a darling young Goldfinch hiding in a dense evergreen […]
Today I traveled back to the same beach, hoping to see some new stuff. The weather was better than the day before and I was lucky enough to find a female Common Yellowthroat skulking through the brush. A yellow-rumped Warbler touched down on the side of the path and nearby a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak momentarily […]
Still recovering from yesterday’s long walk, I forced myself to head back to the beach. I was hoping the repeated visits may result in better numbers of new species to see than I have witnessed during past migrations. Filled with all the good news of yesterday’s sightings, I met up with a good birder friend […]
I had the urge to go back to a local pond and I’m sure glad I did! It was fun spending a beautiful afternoon slowly circling the outskirts of the pond looking for Common Yellowthroat Warblers. I was first ‘greeted’ by a pair of Wood Ducks who retreated to the cover of lily pads upon […]
Part 3 of ‘The Clock Series’ brings us to: 2:00 The Purple Martin Purple Martins are one of the birds I had not seen yet when I received this clock. With a goal to see each species on the clock this raised the issue even more that I had to go see them! […]