Saturday, February 18, 2023

The Great Backyard Bird Count - Can You Name Each Tiny Bird?

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This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count. If I was at my previous home, I'm quite sure I'd be eagerly participating, keeping track of the birds that visit the feeders. Here it's not quite as easy, because I'd probably have to go to a park or other space where I could actually see and hear the birds.

Merlin Bird ID is a free app that makes it much easier to identify the birds you see and hear.

Birds are so interesting - all the colors and varieties and different songs. Even learning how to tell one species of sparrow or finch from another can be a challenge, because the differences in their markings or songs can be tiny. In North America alone there are over 2000 species of birds, and at least 40 different species of sparrows! Take a look at this article, Learn How to ID These 5 Confusing Streaked Sparrows, to get an idea of the subtle differences between sparrows and then imagine trying to identify which sparrow is at a feeder from several yards away!

Yet Jesus says that not one sparrow can fall without God the Father knowing about it. Since the Bible tells us that God calls the stars by name, He probably calls each bird by name too, don't you think?

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
~Matthew 10:29-31~

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Joanne said...

We've never participated in the great bird count but we have a lot of fun looking up birds and trying to really learn (and remember!) the name of all the different species that visit our feeders through the seasons.

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