Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Whooping Cranes in Eights at Goose Island

We relocated our site to the bayfront, where both the WiFi and cell service are much superior. Then in the afternoon we checked in on the Whooping Cranes and were rewarded with seeing four pair from one spot. Two pair were in the bay, close to shore, another pair were further away across a boardwalk, and the fourth pair were in the field were they eat the deer feed. The ones in the bay were undoubtedly feasting on their favorite blue crabs.

In the late afternoon we went to a lecture entitled Birding 101 -- very informative and well done by the park bird hosts and resident ornithologist. Some folks learned why they can never see anything through their binoculars! We learned the major things to look for in identifying birds, and the right book to carry -- the Golden Bird Book.

Later this evening we will be attending another bird lecture. They say that birding is now the number one leisure activity in the world -- or here. So we are running to catch up.


Dixxe's Doodles said...

I have loved birding activites for most of my life--but I dont have the sandhill crane on my life list as of yet!! I have high hopes for this year.
Personally I really like the National Geographic Birds of North America, but there are so many to chose from these days! Enjoy the birds

Jim Kelly said...

Dixxe, you're right about Nat Geo. We've decided to make that our first birding handbook. Thanks for the input.