When we were getting out of the car Sunday at the church building, the geese were so loud overhead. I’ve heard the birds before, so I knew what they were, but never in such volume. They were flying northeast, so I figure these are the low-IQ geese. It’s winter — go south. Yesterday I came upon them when I was driving home from lunch. Apparently this group live at the cemetery. Hundreds of geese hanging out under the trees in the graveyard.

So here’s what I want to know. What other kinds of birds will we find around here? I’m so used to sandhill cranes and egrets in Florida that I barely even remember what non-tropical birds look like. I assume I’ll see a lot of birds I’ll remember from Texas, but are there birds that live specifically in the deserts? Y’all tell me.

Am I a complete dork? Yes. Maybe I should get a bird bath when spring comes. They actually do make bird baths out of something besides stone these days (I was never a fan of the ones that look like statues). You can read more about them in the link. I’m fond of the metal ones. Of course, a bird bath would probably be a lot more work for me, because it would mean checking to make sure there are no birds around any time Rowdi went into the yard. Though they do have wings — they could just escape.

5 Responses to birds

  1. doves, geese, ducks, redwing blackbirds, bluebirds, robins, quail, phesants, seaguls, crows, yellow finches, chuckars, hummingbirds, kildeer to name a few. There are lots of hawks and falcons. You will see eagles if you go looking. If you live near the river you will see herons. There are pelicans in at the lake in Nampa.

    If you want birds in your yard, go to Zamzows and buy some of their seeds. You will have more birds than you can stand.

  2. I’m thinking you might see red winged blackbirds (minus the grackles) and flickers. Sibley (you HAVE to get that book (with color pictures, of course)) says both of them are found all over the country, and I remember seeing a few of them when I lived in eastern WA. Flickers are a tan bird in the woodpecker family with really cool markings on its chest. RW black bird’s kinda self explanitory. And who’s the dork now, having gotten Sibley off the shelf to remember the name Flicker so I could write a response?

    Happy birding! And Happy New Year!

  3. Geese! Yeah, they can be noisy. My high school biology teacher stopped a lecture at one point to acknowledge the din coming from all the geese flying over our school.

    We have a lot of “residential” Canadian geese here in my part of the Northeast and in fact I was at the local park watching them swim in the pond during my lunch hour today. So I guess they’re not minding the wind and the cold.

    That will be neat to find out how many new and different birds are in your new location! (Happy New Year, BTW.)

  4. You can google (you’re web savvy, right? HAHA) your state park system. Ours has an online picture gallery and it tells you where in the state the birds are found and what they like to eat, etc. It’s awesome :) I used it to lure blue jays into my yard. I’m a bit of a crazy bird lady.

  5. You are south for those birds. They are probably “Canadian” geese.