Get to know your neighbors–Birding Basics


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Whether you are interested in birding, or just interested in getting to know your neighborhood species, a great resource is the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. They have one of the largest libraries of bird vocalizations in the world, and a youtube channel with tons of great footage. The following four clips are from their site, and offer the best introduction for what to look for when birding that I have run across yet on the internet.

But remember when birding (or just going on a neighborhood walk) that collecting nests, eggs, or other bird parts–even feathers, is prohibited by international treaty. Migratory birds are protected in a number of signatory countries under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (and yes, its been updated since). During the 18th and early 19th centuries a number of bird species were hunted almost to extinction entirely for the ladies hat trade, leading…

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Author: Cianaodh Óg

Cianaodh (Pronounced Key-Ah-Knee) is Old Irish and means Ancient Fire. Óg is also Old Irish and it means Young which is my surname in modern English. My given or legal name is James "Troy" Young but my chosen, magickal name is Cianaodh Óg and most people who know me outside of my spiritual family know me by my middle name, Troy. I am the High Priest of Tribe Of the Standing Stones in Arlington, Texas - Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition and variety blogger as well as Chief High Mucky Muck at Alliance of Polyspiritual Eclectics.

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