Get To Know Your Feathery Neighbors


     Spring is the perfect time for birdwatching.

     Spring is the perfect time for birdwatching. Each time I go outside, I try to spot a new bird that I have never seen before, and when I do, I look it up in Ted Floyd’s “Field Guide to Birds of Colorado”.


     The “Field Guide” features 600 beautiful color photographs of over 250 bird species in their natural habitats. It is organized by the type of bird. This book also gives you tips on when and where to find each species. Each page features the bird’s name, birdsong, habitat, a couple of pictures, and some fun facts. If you are looking for a certain type of bird, Ted Floyd’s bird guide contains recommendations where you most likely can find it. The guide has a small size and a leather-bound cover so you can take it with you on hikes.


     I found out many surprising facts about birds that I thought I knew. One of them is that the American turkey vulture helps human engineers detect cracked or broken underground fuel pipes. The leaking fuel smells like vulture food (they eat carrion), and the clustered birds show repair people where the lines need fixing.


    The most common birds you will see in your backyard are finches, warblers, robins, pigeons, woodpeckers, and doves. It is also fun to check out nature trails in your park. You will be stunned by how many various birds there are and if you are lucky, you might make a rare find.


     One day my family and I were hiking near a lake and spotted a large eagle-looking bird. It had a white head except for a brown mask over the eyes and a chocolaty body. I thought it was some sort of hawk. By flipping through the sections of Ted Floyd’s bird guide, I found that the bird was an osprey or a fish eagle, and it is on the list of endangered species. This little discovery made my day!


     Now it’s your turn! So, grab Ted Floyd’s bird guide and get outside to meet your feathery neighbors!