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Get to Know Your Birds

We've been enjoying getting to know the birds that live on our property -- there are quite a few different species here since our land includes a variety of habitats, from meadows to aspen groves to mixed conifer forest.

We have found that the Merlin app from Cornell Labs is a useful tool for identifying birds. We listen for birds using the Sound ID feature of the app from several locations on the property morning and evening most days. Over time, we've been able to spot some of the birds we've learned by their song with the binoculars, so we can confirm the sighting and add our observations to our life lists on the Merlin app and on eBird.

So far, the species we've heard and/or seen include

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird

American Robin

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Warbling Vireo

Cassin's Finch

Townsend's Solitaire

House Wren

Mountain Chickadee

Dark-eyed Junco

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Common Raven

Pine Grosbeak

Western Bluebird

Spotted Towhee

Green-tailed Towhee

Tree Swallow

Pygmy Nuthatch

Black-Capped Chickadee

Pine Siskin

Brown-headed Cowbird

Dusky Flycatcher

Mountain Bluebird

Hairy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Clark's Nutcracker

Stellar's Jay

Northern Flicker

Vesper Sparrow

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Cedar Waxwing

Common Nighthawk

Dusky Grouse

Canada Goose

Over the next few years, we intend to track the species that visit our land and make small improvements to their habitat, adding some native fruiting shrubs for food and shelter and perhaps a water feature.

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