School’s out, birding is back

by John Briggs on December 21, 2009

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Wildlife

Chickadee on a wreath feeder

Chickadee on a wreath feeder | Click thumbnail for larger view

   My first semester in college has ended! I have nearly one month to get back in touch with birds before the next semester starts on January 11th.

   The camera is cleaned, the batteries are charged and I am itching to photograph the birds of Maine. The only thing that’s holding me up is the weather. As soon as we get sunny skies, I will be out in the field snapping pictures faster than a flock of Mourning Doves fleeing a feral cat.

   The first question being asked is how did I do during my first semester in college. I am happy to report that I received 4.0’s (A’s) across the board. Although it has been 30 years since graduating from high school, I’ve always missed school and found that I missed learning too. All in all, I’m having a blast! Next semester, I once again have five classes. I am looking forward to it.

   I am far behind in visiting my favorite birding blogs. It will take several days to get caught up again. So what is happening out there with my birding friends? Here are a few recent post by my bird blogging friends. (My favorite blogs may be found on the Birding Links page).

   This is just a small sampling of what’s going on in the birding world.

Male Hairy Woodpecker

Male Hairy Woodpecker | Click thumbnail for larger view

 When you are ready to take down your live Christmas tree, think about placing it in your yard for the birds to use as cover. Attach several pine cones, coated with peanut butter or homemade suet and bird seed, to the tree and your backyard birds will love you for it.

   I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year 2010. Thank you for following this birding photoblog, for your Tweets and re-tweets and for the friendships that have developed over the last year.

Happy birding!



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