This weekend is International Migratory Bird Day May 10/11th. IMBD is an initiative that brings awareness on conserving migratory birds and their habitats throughout the Western Hemisphere.
As a lifetime bird watcher, I know that Mother’s Day weekend (the 2nd Sunday in May) is a great time to witness the spring bird migration:
“If you are familiar with the birds in your area you know that the change can be abrupt: One morning, the bushes and trees around you are suddenly filled with singing birds that were not there just the day before. They have arrived during the night, following a combination of celestial (by the stars) and magnetic cues that are part of their genetic heritage. The most amazing part of this story is that these tiny birds may have flown thousands of miles to reach your yard, after spending the North American winter in Mexico, Central America, or South America, where the days remain warm and food is plentiful during our cold season.” – eNature.com
This is a cheat sheet from a day of birdwatching which I will later add into my “bird book”- a small notebook that I started back in the early 1990’s. Birders also typically keep “Life Lists” which are an overall list of each new bird as it has been sighted.
Binoculars, bird book, bug spray. Check! Happy birding!