The Main Purpose of this Blog – To Help Birders Find Uncommon Birds in their Area

The main purpose of this blog is to help birders find uncommon birds in their area. As I’ve stated before I believe all birds should appear in an area do appear in that area, they just haven’t been found.

It appears to me people don’t always take the time and effort in their local area, but will drive the extra miles to find known birds in a larger area. For example there’s probably a Northern Saw-whet Owl in your local area but people aren’t looking for them. But they will drive 40 or 50 miles to see birds in another area.

So the goal of this blog is to give hints and processes, especially on habitat which I think is missing in the literature, to find those more difficult to find birds in their area. Now there is nothing wrong with driving those extra miles to see birds and learn their habitats, but the real fun for me is the satisfaction if looking for them in my area. So I will lay out the steps that I use too find uncommon birds, or in many cases not find them. And then discuss each one of the steps in later blogs.

The steps I usual take are:

  1. Persistence
  2. Check status and distribution charts
  3. Check field guides.
  4. Check Dunne’s Essential Field Guide Companion.
  5. Check Birds of North America online.
  6. Personal experience.
  7. Review all local habitats for a match
  8. Search
  9. Persistence
Snowy Egret on Illinois River 080212 Discovered with Persistent Checking
Snowy Egret – Discovered with Persistent Checking. Illinois River – 8/2/12

A couple of things. These birds are not going to be found in one or two tries so it’s probably going to take Persistence. Thus it is the first and last thing mentioned. Another thing is that since you are a Bushwhacking Birder you have explored as much of your immediate area as possible. You will need to know every habitat so you can match the habitats mentioned in the literature or from previous personal experience.

So after checking the status and distribution charts for an uncommon bird, reading the literature for habitats and clues, and using personal experience, you are now ready to go bushwhacking and find the bird!


2 Replies to “The Main Purpose of this Blog – To Help Birders Find Uncommon Birds in their Area”

  1. This blog is a fantastic idea. I’m still fairly new to birding, but it has become easier for me what to expect just by knowing when and where to go. And just like you, I don’t have to travel far to have a great birding experience.

    1. Thanks for taking a look. Just like you my birding greatly improved once I figured out when species would show up and where. Stick with it and you’ll be surprised how fast you improve. And I’m glad to hear you aren’t going far to find birds. You never know what will pop up, like a Cattle Egret 10 miles from home!


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