Some of you have commented that mum knows a lot about birdies. Well yeah, but she knows because she looks stuff up in books and on line.
Since we live in Whiskerconsin mum has a book that specialized in birdies that we are most likely to see here.
It has actual flashy box pictures and words that tell you about the birdie. Here you can see Mr Hawk!
Plus she has another book that shows all of North America birdies. Mum uses that sometimes to help her too.
This book has drawings of the birdies, lots of related birdies all on one page.
Then on the other page it tells all about the birdies too. It has maps of where you can normally or usually see these birdies.
Now there are also free online places too that can help like All About Birds. Mum started feeding birdies when she moved out here, and a few years ago particpated in The Great Backyard Bird Count. Now she counts birdies all the time during the winter with Project Feeder Watch. Anyone who likes birdies is encouraged to join and help out with either or both of the Backyard Bird Count or Project Feeder Watch.
Now mum is not an expert, she keeps her fancy flashy box handy to take pictures, then she has time to figure out exactly what birdie we are seeing. Sometimes she is convinced it is a certain birdie by the picture, then she checks where it normally lives and it doesn't live around here! So then she has to start over and figure it out.
Me, I just hang out by the windows and enjoy the birdies, bright colored ones or the brown colored ones, I love them all.