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The Backyard Birder, Issue July 2010
July 05, 2010

Why I Love Bird Watching!

This is one of my favorite times of the year. I spend a lot of time outdoors, with two of my favorite hobbies; bird-watching and golfing.

I doubt I will ever become a great golfer. I spend too much time on the course listening to the birds sing or trying to spot them in the trees - instead of concentrating on my golf game.

Yesterday, on the 5th hole, we were serenaded by canyon wrens. Swallows swooped by us on several of the greens. A Hairy Woodpecker was feeding her babies at their home in the willow tree on the 8th fairway. See how difficult it is to golf amidst all this action!

While trips to the golf courses or the woods or water to look for birds offer many pleasant hours, perhaps, the greatest pleasure from bird-study comes through the observation of the birds found around one's home.

One can sit on the patio, watching the wrens and bluebirds rear their young in the houses provided for them, or see the robins and flickers that dot the lawn in search of insects, or hear the bird chorus that swells through the open window as one awakens in the early summer morn.

Birds In The News

Who knew! DNA testing shows that about half the females cheat on their mates. Scientist Uncovers Dirty Secret About Birds' Sex Lives!

Yellow-Crowned-Night-Herons are new celebs Herons

The Louisiana graveyard for birdwatching; The National Audubon Society is working to help in the unprecedented Gulf of Mexico oil spill tragedy. Not only is it horrific for the birds that reside there now, but what horror awaits the birds that will return south this fall?

Birds arrive in the fall, tired from their flight. What effects could the oil have ton the returning birds, is impossible to know for certain. If you wish to donate Donate

Gems from the Forums

A heartwarming story about finches The finches

Can you help identify these birds? Readers send in their photos.

Florida; Yellow and Gray Bird

South Carolina; South Carolina Mystery bird

Newfoundland; Newfoundland Bird

Recipe of the month; Reader's recipe: Branch Dough

Photo of the Month; Baby Gulls

Found a Baby Bird on the Ground? Abandoned Baby Birds

How To Attract Goldfinches Goldfinches love Thistle seed

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