Bird Watching

by Captain Bill

Bird Watching for a Life Time

Flock of Egrets on the Pacaya River

Bird watching has been one of my favorite hobbies since 1954 when my brother and I rode the school bus through the rural countryside for two hours five days a week. We put a mark on paper for every Red-winged blackbird, robin, or cardinal we saw. A covey of quail was a bonus, but they flew so fast we couldn’t get a good count.

When my children were young we fed the birds sunflower seeds, thistle seeds for the finches, and suet for the woodpeckers at our home in rural west central Indiana. I planted hundreds of white and red pines, autumn olives, crab apples, walnuts, oaks, and poplars to encourage wildlife to come near our house.

I can’t estimate how many hours we spent bird watching, enjoying the different characteristics of the species of birds right outside our windows.

After my fledglings left the nest, I started migrating south during the winter to Florida, Texas, and Mexico; west to California and Hawaii. Each winter provided new bird watching experiences. I remember how happy I was to be close to a covey of California quail.

I migrated farther and farther, to Australia, the South Pacific islands, central Africa, eventually 6 continents and the “Seven Seas,” always pursuing my bird watching hobby. I wish I had kept a world life list, but I didn’t.

Now I live in Iquitos Peru, in the midst of the best bird watching I have had the pleasure to enjoy. Two species of tanagers come to my balcony to eat the ripe bananas I leave for them.

Would you like to go bird watching with me? Lets get together and see what we can arrange. One of my favorite bird watching web sites is Fatbirder. It is a huge, interesting web site about birds, birding, and birdwatching for birders. Follow this link to learn how great Fatbirder thinks Peru is.

Bird Watching for a Life Time

Bill Grimes, President, Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises

I hope you will enjoy following these links about my bird watching;

The Advantages of Bird Watching from Iquitos Peru with Dawn on the Amazon

Bird Watching Iquitos Peru

Birds and Bees of the Amazon Rainforest

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