Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Observing Birds for The GBBC & Beyond


The screenshot posted atop todays entry was taken by me earlier in the month soon after I had registered for The GBBC (Great Backyard Bird Count). It is something that I first participated in during 2014's GBBC. During my observations that year I was able to document an array of birds.


One of my most unusual sightings during the 2014 GBBC time period was of a female Baltimore oriole, who had first appeared in my garden in November of 2013, I wrote an entry here on Blogger about the circumstances re my discovering her and I included eight pictures of her, a copy of one of them is posted below:




I ultimately named her Emily. She made herself at home in my garden until March of 2014, which met that she was here during the time period of the 2014 GBBC. I made very detailed observations of her during that time and compiled my findings in photograph format, then put them in a slide show which is in my Vimeo Library as well as You Tube Library. It is titled "Emily's Antics" and is posted below:


video

In 2015, my most unusual sighting was that of a Northern mockingbird that I named Harper. He can be seen in the image below.


made many observations of an array of birds during The GBBC for 2015, but it is the antics of Harper that documented in video format, a video, called "Harper's Bizarre Antics," which is in my Vimeo as well as my You Tube library. And I've posted a copy of it below.


video

Having shared this GBBC info with you, I’d like to say that my observations of birds has never been limited to any GBBC time period. And even though during non-GBBC times, I do not document my “findings” for avian authorities, I do, with the help of Cam (my spokes-bird) document the behavior and habits of birds via my photographs and narratives which are now complied into a book.

The book is titled “Words In Our Beak Volume One”  It’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in my rooftop urban garden in New York City, my story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. “Words In Our Beak” is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The book includes hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author. 

I published my first book (”Words In Our Beak, Volume One”), in Apple’s iBooks Store. The cover of it can be seen in the image below. If you’d like to see a preview, please go to this link.  From there click on “View in iBooks” where a web page will open that has an option to “read a sample.” I have taken the liberty of offering a visual guide to this process and it can be seen in the image posted below. 

Words In Our Beak Volume One,” is also available on Amazon. It’s cover can be seen in the third image below the videos. This link takes you directly to the web-page which offers the option to read a sample.     


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