in which witness is borne: birds, politics, fiction and critical art theory

system for birding?

Tuesday, February 15, 2005
does anyone out there know of a published "how-to" guide for birders? i'm interested in finding some texts that instruct the reader on how to observe. it's a multisensory activity--one which requires hearing, acuity of vision, and some other, more primitive sense i believe--whatever it is in our reptilian brain which notices movement in the trees even without visual recognition.
identifying the bird is the next step after that. maybe i will write something on that.
my fat cat Harriet is licking my left palm. she is the only cat i've ever met who slobbers when she licks you. blecch.
5:27 PM :: ::
  • I'm pretty new to birding, but I like Sibley's Birding Basics. I've been enjoying looking at your blog, by the way. It first caught my attention because of the birds, but I've enjoyed the other postings too.

    By Blogger Eva, at 10:39 PM  
  • awww, shucks, thanks.
    will look up Sibley's, its a good start. if you're in the Midwest there are several good listserves to join where people post their birding observations. Try ILbirds@yahoogroups.com, which is for Illinois, also ChicagoBirder.org, which is the chicago ornithological society and has good links to birding org's in other areas.

    By Blogger mar-mar, at 7:55 AM  
  • If the women in my family were any more mad about birds, we'd sprout wings. My DH gave me a book for Christmas called "How to be a Bad Birdwatcher" by Simon Barnes which simply says that just about anyone would be surprised at how much they knew about birds. It's a really nice read, even for the more ornithologically advanced. :)

    By Blogger galetea, at 8:19 AM  
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