Tuesday, May 11, 2010


In the past week: a Baltimore Oriole and a Scarlet Tanager.

Today, I watched a Red-Headed Woodpecker off and on for most of the morning. It's particularly stunning in flight.

My copy of The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots is already seeing some use!


  1. Caty and I are planning to visit your site later for some research on Kansas. We're reading Climbing Kansas Mountains this week. She asked if we were ever going to go to Kansas and I said, well, yes, we might. She didn't like that idea though - the only thing she knows about Kansas is that it has a lot of tornadoes. =)

  2. I showed her pictures of your storm shelter and she said, "Okay, I want to go now!"

  3. We have that book and really like it. We also have this Field Guide which seems a bit more helpful in identifying at times.

    Happy birdwatching! We had a pair of cardinals all winter (among others) that frequented our feeder all winter long. Getting ready to put a hummingbird feeder out for the summer.

  4. Tiffany, that storm shelter is definitely safe! I wouldn't be surprised if it's actually better than a basement. Just annoying to have to run outside rather than just down the stairs.

    Monica, thanks for the suggestion. We actually also have Sibley's guide, so between the two can identify anything that comes our way. With our schedule, I pretty much focus on the ones that are the easiest and most common anyway. And I do want to hang some bird feeders...eventually.

    I am looking for tree identification guide recommendations, though. Have any good ones?

  5. My hubby says check with the Audobon Society. Their book isn't the most kid friendly (he said) but would be the most thorough.

  6. We looked at multiple tree books last summer when we were studying trees, but I didn't find any that I liked enough to actually buy. I also found that the ones that were very thorough were not easy to use. We usually ended up using one of the juvenile tree books to identify using the basic leaf shape, and then took it to one of the bigger books to find out specifically what kind of maple, elm, cedar... tree it was.

  7. Hey, thanks for the tips on Montessori. I'm actually reading that book right now and can't believe how practical it is!!


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