Bird Wings and Feet Help You Identify That Bird

I promised I would finish telling you how to identify birds by their wings and feet. Again I am using Sheila Buff’s The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Birdwatching, but you can also find a lot of this information at the beginning of your field guide. thereloadershouse

Admiral Bird

When you see a perched bird, you can look for the coloring on the wings and also horizontal bars or patches. If you are confused, see my picture.

When a bird is in flight, you want to watch for two things: the appearance of the wings and the way the bird flies. I have several good field guides with pictures of birds in flight and also the patterns in which they fly.

Sometimes when a bird spreads his wings, ammunitionscenter you can see patches or bars. Our Northern Mockingbird is a good example. He flashes large white patches on each wing. Hawks and shorebirds can also be differentiated this way.

Fly boys

How a bird flies is another good clue to what family it is in. Hawks fly high in the sky while sparrows flutter around close to the ground. Woodpeckers fly in an undulating, up-and-down pattern, like riding a roller coaster: they flap their wings a few times, fold in their wings against their bodies and sink, and then flap again. บาคาร่าออนไลน์

I love looking at bird feet or the imprints they make in shallow water. A good way to identify your bird is to check to see what color feet he has. This can make a big difference in your identification.

Home is where the habitat is

As I looked through my field guide, I realized that it was arranged according to where the birds lived as well as families.

Where the bird lives is referred to as habitat. Birds live in tree areas, grassy plains, fresh water, standing salt with fresh water (called brackish water), salt water, swamps, oak months (a dense clump of oak trees), freshly plowed fields, growing fields and so on.

Then there are birds that hang out in trees and others that prefer the ground. I also remember reading that birds like to hang out in different heights of trees-some up at the way top, some more eye-level and some in the shrubbery down low. Some walk around in shallow water and others swim. The field guide will tell you where you are likely to see the bird.

I follow my own advice

On a recent trip to New Jersey I found a bird I could not identify. He is one of our common migrants. He was mostly gray with a black cap and black on his tail. He hung out at either eye-level or down low in the marsh. I wrote all these details and went to the lady at the information center and she told me that I had seen a Gray Catbird. I couldn’t get a good picture of him because he was shy and hid in the twigs or against gray mud. skywings

I learned you really can tell a lot about the bird you are looking at by his habitat and his position in the habitat. What part of the bird or his habitat do you use most to identify the bird? affluentwords



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