Birds

Aug08

Official State Birds

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Official State Birds


What's the official bird of your state?  How about the state your favorite campground is in?  Take a look at the list below and see how many official state birds you've spotted.

Q: What bird is the official symbol of 7 different states?
(Answer at the bottom of the page)

Listed by StateChickadee
Alabama -Yellowhammer
Alaska - Willow Ptarmigan
Arizona - Cactus Wren
Arkansas - Mockingbird
California - California Valley Quail
Colorado - Lark Bunting
Connecticut - Robin
Delaware - Blue Hen Chicken
Florida - Mockingbird
Georgia - Brown Thrasher
Hawaii - Nene
Idaho - Mountain Bluebird
Illinois - Cardinal
Indiana - Cardinal
Iowa - Eastern Goldfinch
Kansas - Western Meadowlark
Kentucky - Cardinal
Louisiana - Eastern Brown Pelican
Maine - Chickadee
Maryland -Baltimore Oriole
Massachusetts - ChickadeeBluebird
Michigan - Robin
Minnesota - Common Loon
Mississippi - Mockingbird
Missouri - Bluebird
Montana - Western Meadowlark
Nebraska - Western Meadowlark
Nevada - Mountain Bluebird
New Hampshire - Purple Finch
New Jersey - Eastern Goldfinch
New Mexico - Roadrunner
New York - Bluebird
North Carolina - Cardinal
North Dakota - Western Meadowlark
Ohio - Cardinal
Oklahoma - Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Oregon - Western Meadowlark
Pennsylvania - Ruffed Grouse
Rhode Island - Rhode Island Red
South Carolina - Great Carolina WrenCardinal
South Dakota - Ring-necked Pheasant
Tennessee - Mockingbird
Texas - Mockingbird
Utah - California Seagull
Vermont - Hermit Thrush
Virginia - Cardinal
Washington -Willow Goldfinch
West Virginia - Cardinal
Wisconsin - Robin
Wyoming - Western Meadowlark

Q: What bird is the official symbol of 7 different states?
A: Cardinal. (The states are Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.)

Aug08

Birding Checklist

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WoodpeckerBirding Checklist


See if you can spot all of these birds!

__ Bald Eagle or Golden Eagle
__ Blue Jay
__ American Robin
__ Woodpecker or Flicker
__ Owl
__ Hummingbird
__ Mallard Duck
__ Crow
__ Starling
__ Hawk
__ Swallow or Swift
__ Cardinal
__ Blue Bird
__ Oriole
__ Red-winged Blackbird
__ Great Blue Heron
__ Chickadee


At the beach:
__ Cormorant
__ Egret
__ Seagull

Add more of your own:
Aug08

Bird Watching Tips

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Bald EagleBird Watching Tips


Birds are everywhere! From the beach to the mountains, you’ll find birds of all stripes and sizes to look at. You probably know a number of birds by name already—crows, robins, seagulls, eagles, and blue jays. Why not spend a little time on your next camping trip getting to know a few new ones?

Use Your Senses
When you go bird watching, be sure to use your sense of hearing as well as your sense of sight. Look for birds up high and down low. Some birds spend their time hopping on the ground, picking up seeds and insects. Other birds sit in trees or on bushes. And some birds are easiest to see when they’re flying in the sky. Use your ears to follow bird sounds like chirping, singing, fluttering, and rustling.

Think Like a Bird
Every type of bird settles in a place that has the kind of food it likes to eat. For instance, large birds like eagles and hawks live in mountain areas and on grasslands, where the hunting is good. Songbirds that eat insects live on prairies and marshes. Seabirds, which eat fish and sea creatures, live at the beach and out in the ocean. If you’re ever wondering what kinds of bird you’ll see on your hike or boat trip, just think about what kinds of food would be available. That will give you a good picture of what birds to look for.

Bird Books
Once you find a bird, it’s fun to look it up in a bird identification book. Before you open your book, make a mental note of the bird’s size and color. Think about where you saw it. Bird books are organized by bird type, with all the ducks in one section, the owls in another, and so on. Flip through, looking at the pictures, and find the one that looks most like your bird. Bird books also have maps that show where different birds generally live. Before you decide for sure which bird you’ve seen, check the maps to make sure it lives in your part of the country.

Keep a List
For extra fun, keep a list of all the birds you spot on your trip. If you take enough camping trips to different places, you can have a separate list for each one, and this will give you a good idea of what birds live in what areas. You might see egrets and flamingoes in Florida, for instance, cardinals in Pennsylvania, and bald eagles in Alaska and on the west coast.

Birding is a lot of fun. Our feathery friends are everywhere—you’ll see them if you just take the time to look!

Challenge: Find all the birds on the birding checklist