Hopefully, most of the Bif readers have already read about the Biggest Week In American Birding from some of my fellow BiF bloggers. The Biggest Week is organized and hosted by Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) where I am fortunate enough to be the executive director. (Thus, my absence from BiF for the last few months!) It's truly a wonderful event, and it generates a a great deal of support for habitat conservation in the region. As you might imagine, a 10-day birding festival is a monumental task, but the event isn't all that BSBO does. We also offer outstanding education programs, including our Ohio Young Birders Club for ages 12 - 18, and our free programs for schools, where K-12 students visit the Observatory to participate in songbird banding studies and learn about migration and the importance of protecting stopover habitat.
Another aspect of BSBO's mission involves the study of migratory birds, and this research served as the basis for the Observatory when it was founded in 1992. Our primary songbird research station is one of the largest in the country in terms of numbers of birds per net hour, an indication of the incredible volume of birds that pass through this region of NW Ohio, and the habitat that makes this region a globally important bird area.
Our banding studies allow us the opportunity to study birds in a remarkable way, and we do our best to make the time we have the birds in our hands as meaningful as possible. In addition to all of the incredibly useful data we collect, we also try to take photos. By photographing birds in a variety of ways, we can produce materials that help unravel the mysteries and challenges of bird identification, and reveal some of the truly extraordinary features of these feathered gems.
We share many photos on the BSBO's Facebook page, and some of the images that people enjoy the most are those that show similar and/or multiple species together. I thought it might be fun to share some of them here, but I hope you'll [Like] BSBO on Facebook, too!
I'll leave the photos unlabeled at first, allowing you to guess the species. But don't worry, I'll reveal the answers at the end!
One of my favorite things is when the kids at our school programs call these guys "Oreos!" I always tell them that they do NOT like to be dunked in milk, and their center doesn't taste nearly as good!
|Is this a cool photo, or what?!?! Five brown thrushes - all in a row. |
Can you name them, left to right?!
Lots of colors in the names of these birds, as well as one fine city!
|The "business end" of the same two warblers! ;-)|
|Here's a hint, they both sound a bit like insects!|
Bonus Sparrow Photo!
|One of these things is not like the other.....|
|You know what Barry Manilow would say if he ever got to hold a bird this adorable, don't you? He would say, "and wren ... will I hold youuuuuu again?" ;-)|
|A Sparrow Primer!|