|Broad bill Hummingbird(male)|
Hello everyone! Well we have been "in training" working on the Tucson Christmas Bird Count. Kathie and I both have been busy and exhausted from the holidays. But we're also trying to allow for some birding time as well. Two weeks ago, we'd go to a local Tucson park and see just how many birds we could pull out of the bushes.
It's amazing the levels of birding. Kathie can ID and document quickly. I get the photo for ID verification. Both of our eyes are working all at once.
We began our training class with Rich Hoyer. I then realized that I have a ways more to go:) Kathie and I don't like to disturb the peace. We see them as we see them and rarely ever call out to them. But part of this Christmas Bird Count is getting accurate numbers of bird species found in a specific area. And that requires me to get out of my comfort zone a little. We can employ bird calls from devices etc to call the birds out. And it does work. We pished and pished and PISSSSHED! Rich even had an owl call down. Don't ask me how but he could replicate the sound. Incredible.